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 Posted 05/14/2018  4:46 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add drdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Found this and thought it was interesting. At first I thought it was a dot, but upon magnification, it turns out to be a five-pointed star. Any back story of how it got there? (Lots of pitting on the coin - too bad)


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 Posted 05/14/2018  4:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ZenFE99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's raised above the surface, correct?
That's pretty interesting, not sure what it is, but sure someone here has an explanation.
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 Posted 05/14/2018  5:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Odd die chip? I can understand why you would ask. Hopefully Crazy or Coop will give a better opinion.
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 Posted 05/14/2018  7:53 pm  Show Profile   Check Crazyb0's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Coin looks waxed or varnished, too shiny for such porous surfaces. I would soak it in acetone, 24hrs at least, see if it comes off with a toothpick. Since it is raised, only two possibilities exist. 1) die chip from a formed punch or 2) additional material applied. I'm in the camp of #2. I don't like that surface texture, not naturally worn, shows environmental damage, a dug coin, a lot of corrosiveness. Note the gloppy spot in front of nose, similar in nature, THAT is uncleaned corrosion! The texture of obverse screams of a field find.
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 Posted 05/14/2018  8:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Soak in acetone for 24 hours? Put a blob of paint stripper on it for 5 minutes and you'll answer that question.
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 Posted 05/14/2018  10:13 pm  Show Profile   Check Crazyb0's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mr Frog! Wash your mouth! We mustn't spread such realistic view here, this is the coin forum you know, not Uncle Joe's Fixit Show!


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 Posted 05/15/2018  12:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mark1959 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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this is the coin forum you know, not Uncle Joe's Fixit Show!


Didn't Uncle Joe have a son too?
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 Posted 05/15/2018  12:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The whole coin shows that it has been in a corrosive environment. The coin had a drop of something on it that protected the surface there that retarded the corrosion there resulting in a raised dot I believe.
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 Posted 05/15/2018  2:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add drdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I appreciate the comments. Not to argue, but I see a very symmetrical 5-star pattern and not just an asymmetric area of protected corrosion. Maybe I'm seeing things...As a side note - aren't most small stars on US coins 6-sided? The coin is currently sitting in acetone and will look at it again.
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 Posted 05/15/2018  11:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add drdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
After soaking it for a day - surface became a bit lighter, but the "star" is still there - tried to push it off but didn't budge.


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 Posted 05/15/2018  11:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think it's a die chip.
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