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What A Shame. 1867 S Half Dime Was Au. Now...

 
 
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 Posted 07/01/2019  9:35 pm Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I believe this is an ex-jewelry piece. Beautiful toned obverse, reverse seems to have solder removed from it.


Turned a hundreds of $$ coin into a dozens of $$ coin.
Just wanted to share.
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 Posted 07/02/2019  12:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
150 years ago it was worth 5 cents to most of the population. Somebody thought it would look good in a charm bracelet for their gf/wife.

At least they didn't drill holes in it like most of them I see!
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 Posted 07/02/2019  07:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ah that is a bummer. Perhaps it had been a cufflink for a time.
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 Posted 07/02/2019  07:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Still a keeper.
It appears that it has been undisturbed for more than a century.
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 Posted 07/02/2019  08:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a shame.
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 Posted 07/02/2019  09:44 am  Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I guess it was an ok buy for $35. I plan to try and flip it for a (small) profit. It is a low mintage coin (120K) with a nice 1st impression. (assuming you pick it up obverse first)
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 Posted 07/02/2019  09:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ouch!
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 Posted 07/02/2019  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add aristarchus123 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is all the solder removed? The back looks flat in the center where " half dime" is.
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 Posted 07/02/2019  10:48 pm  Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Is all the solder removed?

Not sure, and also not sure how I would go about removing it if indeed it is there. Any one out there have any ideas.
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 Posted 07/03/2019  01:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There's definitely still stuff on the reverse, you can see it raised up which is burying the the lettering
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 Posted 07/03/2019  12:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Solder is generally made out of tin which melts at 840 degrees Fahrenheit. Older solder contained lead which melts at 622 degrees. At a temperature of around 1,000 degrees the solder should melt.

Silver melts at 1,763 degrees and copper at 1,984 degrees. These are the components on half dimes and should remain solid at 1,000 degrees.
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 Posted 07/03/2019  12:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The internet says you can wipe the solder away from the base metal with a sponge, but don't know if the heating would change the shape of the coin under any force or pressure.
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 Posted 07/07/2019  11:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just a hole filler now, too bad.
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