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This tarnish bothers me

AlanSkiAlanSki Posts: 1,445 ✭✭✭✭✭

I'm not too fond of this tarnish. I like the PL obverse but the reverse is ruining it for Me.

Crack and dip?


  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If so... why did you buy it? (assuming you own it and purchased it).

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  • CoinscratchCoinscratch Posts: 7,389 ✭✭✭✭✭

    At MS61 who cares! Crack it and dip it. And then show us how she looks :)

  • AlanSkiAlanSki Posts: 1,445 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @tincup said:
    If so... why did you buy it? (assuming you own it and purchased it).

    I bought it about 5 years ago. Tastes change as years pass. Can't eat pizza everyday for the rest of my life.

  • Not a huge premium for that kind of tone but there is some so I would keep as is

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,209 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It will appeal to someone as is. It is part of the coin's history.

    Buy what you like. If tastes change, sell and buy what you like.

    How many times can you dip a coin before it becomes unsalvageable? How many times have we seen coins turn bad due to past improper dips?

    Just my opinion.

  • TurtleCatTurtleCat Posts: 4,583 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sell and buy what you like. Far easier and cheaper than cracking, dipping, and resubmitting.

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,708 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It is not a coin to worry about. It is a low mint state grade 1881-S Morgan ... an extremely common date even in high MS grades. If you don't like it just sell it and get one you do like.

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  • BoosibriBoosibri Posts: 11,705 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sell it! I can think of a bigger widget than a low MS 1881-S $1. Buy something you don’t have to compromise on.

  • skier07skier07 Posts: 3,522 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 16, 2020 2:04PM

    It’s a $50 coin. Do as you please. I’m sure you would have no problems selling it on the BST or you could practice your chemistry.

  • scubafuelscubafuel Posts: 1,641 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There are a few of those around if you'd like one with a different look.

  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 31,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    leave it as is then sell it

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  • MasonGMasonG Posts: 6,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @AlanSki said:
    Crack and dip?!

    And make it easier to see all the dings and scrapes?

  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,380 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Far too common to bother, sell and buy one you like.

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  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,659 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 16, 2020 3:09PM

    I would sell and replace.

    There are literally thousands of choices out there for that date/mm combo.

    It wouldn't be difficult.

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  • CoinscratchCoinscratch Posts: 7,389 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The problem with selling and replacing is you never get what its worth but you will pay up for the new one.
    Time to experiment.

  • bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,687 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree with sell and replace. It's low grade but there are those that like the toning. I for one do. I actually think what toning there is will grant a few dollars over price.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,209 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Forgotten in this equation is whether or not you would resubmit it after the acid bath.

    Right now you have a slabbed widget with color that some find appealing. If you crack and dip, you will need to pay to have it reslabbed if you want it in plastic.

    And if you don't care if it is in plastic, then just buy a shiny raw one - the money from selling this one will more than pay for that.

  • ambro51ambro51 Posts: 13,529 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Throw it in a drawer....buy another coin and move on. No big deal.

  • telephoto1telephoto1 Posts: 4,629 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Once you dip it, it becomes a generic white very common date Morgan in a hard to sell grade. If you leave it as is, it will at least have some appeal to collectors of toners. It's not unattractive; too bad the toning isn't on the obverse. Leave it alone imo.

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  • fathomfathom Posts: 1,431 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks a bit scuffy. Leave it.

  • CoinJunkieCoinJunkie Posts: 8,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Simple solution: when viewing the coin, don't turn it over.

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the toning.

  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,672 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Never dip a coin is my recommendation.

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  • MFeldMFeld Posts: 11,048 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 16, 2020 5:27PM

    I like it, but if you don’t, get rid of it. It’s not like there aren’t many thousands of others to choose from. I even wondered if this thread was tongue in cheek.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sell it... some like that kind of tarnish....and pay extra for it - I know, sounds unbelievable... but it is true. :D Cheers, RickO

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,726 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • lkeigwinlkeigwin Posts: 16,877 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I see a lot of PVC on that coin, especially the reverse. That cloudy, grayish stuff. The obverse has it too.

    As it is a cheap, common coin I'd either sell it and put it out of my mind, or write-off what I paid (knowing it still has bullion value), and crack and dip it as a learning experiment.

    eZest is probably necessary but I'd start with acetone. eZest will remove toning too (which is kinda too bad because I sorta like the reverse). And it will leave the coin color-free with all its warts showing.

    Before and after pix will remind you of what you learned.

  • telephoto1telephoto1 Posts: 4,629 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm not convinced that someone didn't already remove toning from the obverse with some dip and a Q-tip before subbing (note grayish streaks at upper left obverse field, reminiscent of the aftermath of trying to remove carbon streaks). Just saying.

    RIP Mom- 1932-2012
  • joeykoinsjoeykoins Posts: 14,580 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @AlanSki said:

    I like the PL obverse but the reverse is ruining it for Me.

    I like the coin as is. As many already would agree. You mentioned PL on the obverse. Even with the toning, you can still see the PL effect on the reverse as well. ;)

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