I am still learning to properly identify cleaned coins. Are the heavy lines seen on the face of this 1889 P normal circulation wear or is this mechanical cleaning damage?
Yes - guilty until proven innocent.
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Very good chance it could be cleaned but with Morgan dollars there are quite a few with die polish lines that can look like it has been cleaned. No way to tell more without photos.
Thank you, I used the photo bucket url link but must have done it wrong. I will try again.
First a video from PCGS to lay a foundation:
Another video that shows examples beginning at around 3 minutes:
Hope this helps!
Also, are the lines on the on the coin indented into the metal? Use a loupe to determine. Parallel scratches may indicate a wipe that indicates a cleaning.
The image should now be loading with the original post. to me they look indented and uniform like a wire brush was used.
Yes, I’d say those lines are reflective of a wipe from a cloth or paper something similar.