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Thai 10 Satang Coin - What Year And Grade Please?

 
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 Posted 12/15/2019  2:44 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add cavebear to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've started to sort out my childhood coin collection. This seems a 10 satang coin from Thailand (1908-1939). I need help with the year and grade though. I don't know enough about the grading system yet (the one that uses numbers) but, besides it being dirty, I'd say the condition is 'fair'.

Any help is appreciated.

Cavebear


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 Posted 12/15/2019  3:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mkman123 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OP check numista, it details on how you can tell the year/date
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 Posted 12/15/2019  3:15 pm  Show Profile   Check Seeker55's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Seeker55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The date is 2464, reading from left to right in the second photo.

One key to Thai dating is at
http://portlandcoins.blogspot.com/2...d-dates.html

To change from Buddhist Era (BE) dating to AD, subtract 543, so 2464-543 = 1921 AD

It's 10 Satang, Y#37

Personally I would grade it somewhere between F and VF, so F+.
Edited by Seeker55
12/15/2019 3:21 pm
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 Posted 12/18/2019  7:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cavebear to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks a lot Seeker55. The link is very helpful as well as it's all quite new to me.

Should I clean the coin and if so how should that be done?

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 Posted 12/19/2019  06:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bjherbison to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The standard response to "should I clean <any> coin" is "No!".

A cleaned coin generally looks worse and it's value is reduced.

Value is not an significant factor in this case. My 2015 Krause gives a value for this year of VF20: $1.00; XF40: $1.25; MS60: $3.00; with no value given for F. It's not a candidate for an expert restoration of the appearance.

Personally I think it looks reasonable now. There isn't design hidden by the black stuff, and it actually highlights the design. Some collectors would soak it in acetone.
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 Posted 12/19/2019  11:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cavebear to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@bjherbison: thanks a lot, that is a helpful reply. When I was a child/youngster I remember cleaning coins with silver polish or copper polish. In those days it was 'good practice' to clean absolutely everything. Those polishes were readily available in every Dutch household. So my mother had it as well and I found the effect interesting. Although I must have forgotten this coin...

Cleaning has since then become much less important as a Dutch cultural phenomenon and I have happily drifted along.
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12/19/2019 11:56 pm
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