The Numismatist and thedockter
The ad above was printed on p. 12 of the January issue of The Numismatist. To my mind, this raises two important questions:
1) Should The Numismatist be promoting these kind of services?
2) Should The Numismatist have any other concerns about promoting this individual?
In my opinion, the answer to #1 is no; it is detrimental to the hobby to promote services that may be used to disguise problem coins. The answer to #2 is maybe. I do not know this individual and have not done any business with him. However, I am familiar with the eBay seller known as "thedockter" (a.k.a. "Big Al") and have followed the discussion below with interest:
As I said, I don't know the man and I make no accusations. Frankly, I don't have to. If they are to run these ads, it should be the responsibility of The Numismatist staff to look into this matter and make their own determination based on the available evidence and/or their own investigation.
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