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I received a gold-plated 1945 Walking Liberty in the mail today. I have a

 
 
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 Posted 12/06/2018  11:23 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Baastacoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A couple of questions:
- Is this a legitimate coin?
- Why is it gold-plated? Is that a common occurrence?
- Does it diminish the value?

Any help the coin experts could provide would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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It is not common and actually lowers the value to collectors as the coin is altered. Can you post photos? Might just be toning as some get a gold tone to them.
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 Posted 12/06/2018  12:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, pics would help, and please tell us where you purchased it.



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I don't have it with me and won't have access to it until tonight. But the coin came in a roll of half's that I purchased online from an individual which promised a pack of silver to include 5 Barber halves, 5 Walking Liberty halves, 5 Franklin halves, and 5 1964 Kennedy halves.

I had never seen one that was gold-plated, so I looked online and it appears there are some dealers that will gold plate the coins, I'm certain that it is not toning, it was an intentional gold-plating. The coin is damaged at the top as well, I'm going to contact the dealer about working something out.
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 Posted 12/06/2018  2:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GR58 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A gold plated Walking Liberty half dollar will trade for silver .. or even a little less.

After market sellers will gold plate coins to sell for a premium to beginner coin
collectors. They become more of a novelty, instead of a collector coin.
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This is a gimmick that Littleton has used for years and years.
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On CCF, a Walking Liberty half dollar is considered Classic, so I moved your post to the appropriate section for the proper attention.
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 Posted 12/07/2018  07:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sounds like a just altered coin so now has lost any original value.
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- Is this a legitimate coin?
Yes, the coin is real, but it has been altered after it left the mint.

- Why is it gold-plated? Is that a common occurrence?
Some private company or individual did it to try and create something they could sell to an unknowledgeable collectorfor more than it is worth. Unfortunately it is all too commonly done.

- Does it diminish the value?
To any knowledgeable collector, Yes. It is now just worth whatever the melt value of the silver is. Before it was plated it might have had additional numismatic value depending and the date, mintmark, and condition.
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Thank you all for your advice and information on the matter. Your advice and information has been invaluable.

I contacted the seller who quickly rectified the situation and promised a new Walking Liberty would be sent. His explanation was that one of his workers must have saw it and thought it was cool, so he included it in my grouping.

Best to you all!
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