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Did I Ruin This Coin? Or Did I Restore It? 1911 D Lincoln Wheat Cent

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 Posted 10/27/2021  7:01 pm  Show Profile   Check BadThad's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I respectfully disagree. I would put this one in my Dansco and call it a well filled hole.


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 Posted 10/27/2021  9:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd also say it looks better, good job . As merclover said, definitely have to know when to pick your battles with restoration. Sometimes conserving can reveal underlying issues that time has "helped" cover up.
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 Posted 10/28/2021  9:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice job! Looks like you did well.
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 Posted 10/29/2021  10:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cladking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just in case there was any misunderstanding.

From the picture the coin appears to be great and is marketable as a VG. There's no "need" to do anything else.

But I believe that if you rub your thumb next to your nose and then push it (the thumb ;) ) into the coin it will soften out the border between the dark high spot on the obverse and hide some of the light scratching all over the coin. Thumbing can also be beneficial in making a coin color naturally over time and look like it was just pulled out of circulation after 110 years.

It works on any circulated coin without luster and is best on copper. This hardly means every coin should be thumbed. Try it on worthless coins first to gain some experience. I've never seen it leave finger prints but if you're worried about it just wipe it gently with a soft cloth afterward.
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 Posted 10/29/2021  11:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have never been a fan of thumbing. I would see dealers do it way back when I first started going to LCSs and coin shows. It just seemed... odd. But I get it, we are talking about circulated coins. They were going to be touched and grimed up during their commercial use.

However, this coin was just conserved to remove that organic grime. It seems counterproductive to put some back, but to each their own. If anyone wants to do that before storing the coin, it is fine. I just respectfully disagree with the need as a point of personal preference.
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 Posted 10/30/2021  1:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nick10 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm surprised by the positive responses. In the after photos I see hairlines that run on the obverse from WNW to ESE on all the high spots and in the open, centers of fields. None of these hairlines are in the fields immediately next to Lincoln. Isn't that usually evidence of clearning? I've had coins rejected as "cleaned" for fewer hairlines than that.
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 Posted 10/30/2021  2:20 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks great. Nice restoration.
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 Posted 10/30/2021  2:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nick, you're mistaking planchet striations with hairlines. Those streaks are irregularities in the alloy mix, not incuse marks on the surface of the coin. This was especially common on early LWC's. More pronounced examples are called woodies.
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 Posted 10/30/2021  6:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nick10 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Adam E, the woody effect ususally runs across the full surface. My comment is about the lines that appear on only certain surfaces, and the lack thereof in the fields close to Lincoln's portrait.
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 Posted 10/30/2021  8:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Its possible that area was more protected and didn't get fully restored from the Verdi Care. I don't think it's atypical for Lincoln cents to have some surface variation, and this one is pretty minor. In any case, nothing the OP did was abrasive to the coin, so I'm fairly certain what we're seeing is inherent to the coin's alloy
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 Posted 10/30/2021  8:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Vendetta to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 10/30/2021  8:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sir Derrin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks great to me... Definitely didn't hurt it...
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I respectfully disagree. I would put this one in my Dansco and call it a well filled hole.

I agree.
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