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How much and what type of hair-lining is "too much"?

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 Posted 11/14/2010  12:53 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Powerkicker to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've seen the fact that hair-lines are typically a sign of cleaning and I've seen that in action. I have some gold coins that have a few hairlines and still will grade according to my local coin store, and a few with a few more that would get body-bagged. The line between one and the other seems vague.

ANAC says that some patches of hair lining can still be found even on low-end mint state coins. This is rather confusing to me as a newbie in collecting numismatics although I have been collecting bullion for some time. Where is the line between acceptable lining and "cleaned" to be found?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Pics showing the differences would be even better! I've been struggling with this one for a while.
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 Posted 11/14/2010  6:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I suspect that what your asking is rather difficult to really answer since, as the saying goes, Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I've seen people sitting at tables in coin shows with what could well be a million power magnifier. Slight exageration there. What I mean is there are those collectors that would avoid a coin with the slightest hair lining on it. Then too there are collectors that would ignor any such lining at all. For me a slight lining from cleaning is nothing if insufficient under normal vision. If you require a small amount of magnification to detect those lines, that too may be unimportant to many. I do think if I picked up a coin and such lines were visible with just normal lighting, I'd avoid buying.
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 Posted 11/30/2010  12:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add stephen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
On modern coins hairlines are caused mostly by coin counters. Starting at the mint and then banks to make rolls from bags delivered by the federal reserve...

Type in coin counter on your browser on Google there are videos on left side check it out..

multiple hair lines are not gradable in ms coins. a few are allowed maybe five or six spread out across 1/2 the coin but still a down grade...

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