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 Posted 08/09/2018  3:41 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add moose59 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recently picked up this coin. It is in AU-Unc condition but there are some ugly black spots on the reverse. Should I leave it? Send it some where to have it cleaned and slabbed?

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 Posted 08/09/2018  4:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Those services would cost you far more than the coin is worth.

I'm not sure what has happened to the reverse, but it I'm gonna guess the chances for improving it are slim (hopefully you got a good deal on it).

There are a number of collectors here who have experience cleaning/restoring and may be able to give you advice/
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 Posted 08/09/2018  5:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is just worth bullion value, whether it is slabbed or not. However, it is nearly an ounce and a very nice design.
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 Posted 08/11/2018  8:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Seeker55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A brief dip in E-Z-Est (Jeweluster) coin cleaner might significantly reduce the dark spots, but be aware that you would then have a bright silver coin with its already visible wear (so may look slightly odd). Personally, if it were mine, because there's not great numismatic value, I would probably do it just for appearance. A patina will return eventually, after a long time.
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