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Opinions On Cruddy 1888 Liberty Head Nickel

 
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 Posted 05/21/2019  1:11 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I picked up this coin a little while ago online. At first glace it doesn't look that great. It has this dark "cruddy" (a numismatic term of art) appearance. But, if you look close under the crud, there is some really nice detail to it. I would be curious to hear any opinions you might have on the coin and how it might grade.








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 Posted 05/21/2019  1:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You might want to try an acetone soak?
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 Posted 05/21/2019  1:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes cruddy corrosion setting in . I would say nothing can be done to make this coin look better without ruining it anymore . Too bad 1888 V-Nickel is a semi-key .
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 Posted 05/21/2019  1:40 pm  Show Profile   Check Andrew99's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Andrew99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
VF Details, environmental damage
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 Posted 05/21/2019  1:43 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My best finds: 1999-WAM:http://goccf.com/t/332161 1988-RDV-6:http://goccf.com/t/335954#2873459 1986-Off-center: http://goccf.com/t/335952
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 Posted 05/21/2019  2:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
VF details (ED), totally beyond any possibility of restoration.
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 Posted 05/21/2019  2:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So a little acetone can't hurt?
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 Posted 05/21/2019  3:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone for all the helpful comments. So, if I take John's advice and try a little acetone on it and things improve, does that negatively affect the coin?
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nope
My best finds: 1999-WAM:http://goccf.com/t/332161 1988-RDV-6:http://goccf.com/t/335954#2873459 1986-Off-center: http://goccf.com/t/335952
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 Posted 05/21/2019  3:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well then, I guess I'm off to Youtube to study up on Acetone techniques.
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 Posted 05/21/2019  6:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Use the search box here on CCF. Please post after pics.
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 Posted 05/21/2019  6:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's a good idea to learn about the benefits of acetone, but using acetone on this coin would be like putting your rusted junker through a carwash.
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 Posted 05/21/2019  7:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cipster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This looks like a tough one and maybe beyond help but if you are willing to try acetone you should also try xylene. Here's something I learned from our Bad Thad "Acetone is a polar, organic solvent. It works differently from xylene since xylene is a non-polar, organic solvent". Based on that advice I use both Acetone and Xylene.

Warning. Be careful using Xylene as the fumes are nasty and it should only be used in a well ventilated area. And it's very strong so be careful about handling it.

Good Luck!
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 Posted 05/21/2019  7:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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but using acetone on this coin would be like putting your rusted junker through a carwash.

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 Posted 05/21/2019  8:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes,rusted junkers should always be washed and WAXED by hand....
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 Posted 05/22/2019  11:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I gave Miss Liberty a 10 minute acetone bath last night. I think it improved the obverse slightly (not sure the photos do it justice). The reverse still looks pretty bad ... only very minor improvements in a few spots. You can compare for yourself.



But thanks again everyone for your comments. I greatly appreciate it.







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