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Feelings on fingerprints

So I regularly see some spectacular toning on gem coins but then I see a dreaded fingerprint. To me, it’s a dealbreaker. How about everyone else?

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Feelings on fingerprints

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  • MWallaceMWallace Posts: 3,805 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    When I see a coin with a fingerprint, large spot, or other unsightly issue, that's all I see. I just can't get passed it, no matter how nice the coin is otherwise. I always pass on these coins.

  • OuthaulOuthaul Posts: 7,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SYDniTnCr4

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,578 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    Latent print...bad! Nice to be able day say I'll pass. Peace Roy

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,292 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    No it never looked right to me

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 28, 2020 3:59AM
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    It is extremely unlikely that I would purchase a coin with a fingerprint. That being said, if it were a rare coin and an unbelievable bargain...Well, maybe...Cheers, RickO

  • keetskeets Posts: 25,351 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    very minor, almost imperceptible fingerprints might be OK, but clear prints are a turn-off for me.

  • BoosibriBoosibri Posts: 11,805 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    Most coins are not rare enough to have to compromise on something like a fingerprint which takes away from the eye appeal of the coin

  • Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    No way, fingerprints on my coins drive me nuts!

    "Speak comfort to me Jacob."
  • SwampboySwampboy Posts: 12,861 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 28, 2020 1:06PM
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    A finger print spoils spoils it for me.
    If I collected rarities I'd probably rationalize the occasional compromise.

  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,609 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    Hate em, made some mistake buys in the past with prints but I avoid them now at all costs. For those who collect some series where examples are tough to find I can see where a print may be acceptable in some cases.

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  • CoinJunkieCoinJunkie Posts: 8,772 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    @Justacommeman said:
    Some of the best monster toners have prints. On some it actually added character. Both of these I paid through the teeth for and both I sold for a profit

    Is that more (or less) expensive than paying through your nose? B)

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,663 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    Not into finger prints!

  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 22,847 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 28, 2020 2:27PM
    Depends on the particular coin

    @CoinJunkie said:

    @Justacommeman said:
    Some of the best monster toners have prints. On some it actually added character. Both of these I paid through the teeth for and both I sold for a profit

    Is that more (or less) expensive than paying through your nose? B)

    My nose has been broken several and I mean several times with a hockey puck. My front lower teeth knocked out as well ( end of a stick). I’m thinking teeth still.

    I paid just shy of 10k for both of those coins.

    m

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  • BJandTundraBJandTundra Posts: 383 ✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    Not a fan of prints or toning. Really lowers the eye appeal.

  • CoinJunkieCoinJunkie Posts: 8,772 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 28, 2020 2:41PM
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    @Justacommeman said:

    @CoinJunkie said:

    @Justacommeman said:
    Some of the best monster toners have prints. On some it actually added character. Both of these I paid through the teeth for and both I sold for a profit

    Is that more (or less) expensive than paying through your nose? B)

    My nose has been broken several and I mean several times with a hockey puck. My front lower teeth knocked out as well ( end of a stick). I’m thinking teeth still.

    I paid just shy of 10k for both of those coins.

    m

    It was sort of a rhetorical question/lame attempt at humor, but sorry to hear about your hockey injuries. Both of those coins are beauties and I'm glad you made a profit upon sale.

  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 22,847 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    @CoinJunkie said:

    @Justacommeman said:

    @CoinJunkie said:

    @Justacommeman said:
    Some of the best monster toners have prints. On some it actually added character. Both of these I paid through the teeth for and both I sold for a profit

    Is that more (or less) expensive than paying through your nose? B)

    My nose has been broken several and I mean several times with a hockey puck. My front lower teeth knocked out as well ( end of a stick). I’m thinking teeth still.

    I paid just shy of 10k for both of those coins.

    m

    It was sort of a rhetorical question/lame attempt at humor, but sorry to hear about your hockey injuries. Both of those coins are beauties and I'm glad you made a profit upon sale.

    Oh I know! I chuckled

    m

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  • thefinnthefinn Posts: 2,652 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    If you could identify a finger print as coming from say George Morgan on a Morgan Dollar, or Abraham Lincoln on an Indian Head Cent, wouldn't that made a finger print extremely valuable?

    thefinn
  • ParadisefoundParadisefound Posts: 8,588 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    I would only buy mine :D

  • mannie graymannie gray Posts: 7,259 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    It depends on the coin and how the print blends (or doesn't).
    Some Franklin Halves with mint set toning and light prints look pretty cool.
    In general, the larger the coin, the lesser the negative impact.
    A dark print on a 3cs would not be good.

  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,605 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    I said absolutely not, but perhaps it depends upon who's fingerprint it is... provenance and all... ;-)

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  • BeeManBeeMan Posts: 360 ✭✭✭

    If buying it depends. I sold off the bulk of my collection recently. A few of the uncirculated moderns I bought in the 70's developed fingerprints over the time I owned them. I won't sell those ones to anyone.

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  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,559 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    Only acceptable to me when the print blends in nicely with the toning and is obscured, as in some of the examples above. I would only accept on classic coins.

  • BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,678 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    I don't generally love them, but on some coins they're tolerable:

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  • fiftysevenerfiftysevener Posts: 890 ✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    I paid up for this Pf Brown Cent with remnants of prints on both sides.
    Have not seen a more attractive '40 that I could afford !

  • RABRAB Posts: 132 ✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    For me, it all depends on the coin and the overall impact that the print has on the look. This one doesn't bother me at all, and it has lots of prints!


  • GoldenEggGoldenEgg Posts: 1,914 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 29, 2020 2:02PM
    Depends on the particular coin

    Depends. This lustrous mint state peace dollar had a minor fingerprint above “TRUST” that I really didn’t like So I just polished it off. Others I don’t mind as much.

  • robecrobec Posts: 6,524 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 29, 2020 2:21PM
    Depends on the particular coin

    I voted depends on the coin
    I don't mind the print on this coin.

  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,822 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    If it’s not too obvious; I am willing to overlook it but, otherwise, no way.

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  • FilamCoinsFilamCoins Posts: 1,899 ✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    How do prints affect the grade?

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,543 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    @Pedzola said:
    I voted that it depends on the coin. A big obvious print? No. But I bought this coin with a small print in front of Liberty's face:

    Very acceptable print in my opinion...

  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,468 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    ALERT - OLD THREAD RESURRECTION

    Rather than create a new topic on on fingerprints, I thought this thread had many good photos that still remain and I wish to add to it.

    I will avoid purchasing coins with fingerprints, but this example has one fairly hidden in the toning:

    As such, it was acceptable to me. Who else would wish to opine on this issue?

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  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ^^ On this coin I'd let it slide. :)

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,389 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    Years ago it was okay, considering it straight graded. Not today.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

  • FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,722 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    Depends on the coin for me. This print adds some character.

  • seatedlib3991seatedlib3991 Posts: 397 ✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    I used to hate any kind of fingerprints on coins. Much to my chagrin I put quite a few on coins as a kid filling blue books. In the last ten years or so I kind of changed my opinion and actually have a couple of Bust and Seated coins with partial fingerprints. Nothing extremely rare, but I would be open to a rarer date having that on it. James

  • Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 679 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 12, 2024 4:36PM

    I don't like white coins or toned coins with fingerprints.
    This was the only exception.
    In person the colors are much more vibrant than this image shows. I also believe this coin is PL.
    Outside of this coin no I don't like fingerprints.

    Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,973 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    To me it's according to the individual coin and the fingerprint's location and its depth(light or heavy). While I do not like fingerprints on coins, I would not say in every instance it would be a deal killer. JMO
    Jim


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  • CRHer700CRHer700 Posts: 380 ✭✭✭✭
    Depends on the particular coin

    Usually a copper coin looks okay with a fingerprint, silver however, well that’s a different story.

    Cheers, CRHer700 :mrgreen:

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,578 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    Depends on the coin and the degree of the impact of the latent.

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  • TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,746 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If it was a famous person's print, validated by DNA testing, it might carry some desirability. Barring that, or some cool toning who wants their collectibles tagged ?

  • Farmer1961Farmer1961 Posts: 156 ✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    IMHO the only things worse than fingerprints are whizzing, cleaning and holes, gouges ,scrstches.

  • Farmer1961Farmer1961 Posts: 156 ✭✭✭
    Absolutely not buying that coin with a fingerprint!!

    Scratches.

  • clarkbar04clarkbar04 Posts: 4,916 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Depends on the size of the coins. On small coins (dime size) only part of the print shows it can be kinda cool.

    MS66 taste on an MS63 budget.

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