Would You Consider this Coin to be 'Badly Cleaned', or 'Acceptably Cleaned' ?
The purchase of this coin goes back to the days when dealers would advertise in coin magazines, often without pictures, and also often, as I recall, with scant descriptions. This one, bought in 1986 was, If I remember correctly, simply described as "1862 Seated Dollar - About Uncirculated".
When the package arrived from the U.S (I live in Germany), I was unhappy the coin showed no toning. Not quite what I was expecting for the price I paid. I was young, more eager than cautious, and overexcited to have a scarce Civil War date in my collection, and probably should have been more prudent and ask more details from the seller.
I recall considering shipping the coin back to the seller. The lack of toning was disappointing. However, on the plus side, my inexperience eyes could not detect major or obvious signs of harsh cleaning, and major hairlines or scratches, and the level of detail was nice. For these reasons, and because of complications in shipping coins internationally, customs issues, and potential for loss, I ultimately decided to keep it.
Anyway, here she is. Still raw as the majority of my collection. Based on these pictures, would you consider the coin to be badly cleaned, or would you say the cleaning was done carefully and is still acceptable?
I also want to add that given the fact both PCGS and NGC have a European presence, I have been considering submitting my U.S collection for slabbing. I ask myself therefore if I should submit this one, and kindly request your opinions.