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What is your most hated type of problem on a coin?

relicsncoinsrelicsncoins Posts: 7,751 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited January 15, 2022 2:50PM in U.S. Coin Forum

For me it's definitely whizzing or tooling. A cleaning is likely done by someone that just doesn't know any better, where is whizzing/tooling is an intentional act to deceive.

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  • bronzematbronzemat Posts: 2,570 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Tooling & whizzing. I have holed coins and some cleaned ones that don't bother me. But tooling is probably the worst.

  • vplite99vplite99 Posts: 1,143 ✭✭✭✭

    "Improperly cleaned" coins that look dead.

  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 31,840 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Staple scratches
    Harsh cleaning

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  • RexfordRexford Posts: 1,009 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 15, 2022 2:50PM

    Filed rims or minor mount removals, most other issues are readily apparent, but those can ruin a coin that might otherwise have fantastic surfaces. It’s always a disappointment to see on an especially nice coin.

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

    Anything that would land in a details holder is already excluded. Of those things in a regular holder the most hated problem is a particularly bad hit in the prime focal area. Right after that is a fingerprint. After that fly specs.

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,393 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Milk spots and carbon fragment contamination trapped in a holder. Peace Roy

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  • DCWDCW Posts: 6,750 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yep, rim bumps kill it for me.

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  • CoinHoarderCoinHoarder Posts: 2,314 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Or, real dark coins.

  • pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,356 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Whizzing, tooling and harsh cleaning.

    There's a place for almost everything, but those three are really tough to ignore, or find any love for.

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  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,400 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fingerprints and lots of carbon or spots, will not buy a coin with fingerprints no matter how nice it is otherwise. Second most hated is environmentally damaged coins, occasionally I can get past the toning but it is difficult.

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  • sparky64sparky64 Posts: 7,006 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Rim bumps and fingerprints .

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  • jayPemjayPem Posts: 3,867 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Counterstamps, chopmarks, engraving, holes, carving...anything I forgot?

  • pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,356 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Floridafacelifter said:
    When the person who owns it won’t sell it to me!

    POTD material right there!

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  • privatecoinprivatecoin Posts: 3,001 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Inflation by Fiat currency destroying their purchase power.

    Followed closely by environmental damage.

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  • Downtown1974Downtown1974 Posts: 6,589 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For me….holes or marks from ex-jewelry bezels.

  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,482 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Whizzing and tooling, followed closely by fingerprints in a prime focal area and graffiti... especially on Morgan Dollars where Ms. Liberty is staring at the problem...

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  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,060 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A hole.

  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 10,878 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very situational.
    I’d take a chain cent or 1799 cent with most of the above mentioned problems, other than a hole or graffiti.
    For Walkers, I better not see any problems other than perhaps a light cleaning.

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  • Type2Type2 Posts: 13,985 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Anything green.

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  • sumduncesumdunce Posts: 1,247 ✭✭✭✭

    Anything that you don't notice at the LCS, online, or show but shows up under the my grading lamp, that would get the coin a details grade.

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,981 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 15, 2022 9:21PM

    Harsh cleaning/polishing


  • Off_Cent_erOff_Cent_er Posts: 164 ✭✭✭✭

    For me, I really hate the amount of small gold coins with ex mount problems.

  • Inspired70Inspired70 Posts: 451 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Cameonut said:


  • alefzeroalefzero Posts: 838 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Graffiti. Yeah tooling is pretty bad and just as deliberate. But graffiti is impossible to see beyond.

  • ElmerFusterpuckElmerFusterpuck Posts: 4,545 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Blast white lifeless mid grade silver coins, some even in graded holders. That means they suffered some of the above listed abuses, but the coins themselves are too ashamed to talk about it.

  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,463 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Will not buy anything holed, bent, or with distracting fingerprints or edge bumps, but deceptive alterations, such as tooling or whizzing are definitely the worst. Also, intentional damages, such as scratches that appear intentional, including "cleaned" ("wiped" proofs being an exception unless details). I own very few detains coins, but have a couple of very early coins that have small hits or cuts that appear to have occurred in use. Also, a couple early coins detailed as ED that look as good as many contemporary coins that are straight-graded. I've learned to be a bit forgiving with coins earlier than 1800.

  • ctf_error_coinsctf_error_coins Posts: 15,265 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I dislike any problem coin so I have none.

  • BigMooseBigMoose Posts: 1,466 ✭✭✭

    Worst for me is a harshly cleaned or whizzed/polished coin. Most of the value is completely destroyed besides the coin looking like crap. On Large Cents, I especially hate large rim dings as they destroy the symmetry of the coin.


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  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,674 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Type2 said:
    Anything green.

    Green toning is my favorite color.
    We can agree to disagree .

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  • BarberianBarberian Posts: 2,728 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jayPem said:
    Counterstamps, chopmarks, engraving, holes, carving...anything I forgot?

    Generally, I agree with you. However, here are three such coins that I couldn't resist for the price. Close your eyes...

    3 rim nicks away from Good
  • Mr Lindy Mr Lindy Posts: 959 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Staple Scratched.
    Own none, & have never inflicted this harm to a coin.
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  • streeterstreeter Posts: 4,312 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Filed rims on pre 33 raw gold. I just quit even looking at those coins 20 years ago unless I knew the seller was above reproach.
    20-30 yrs ago, I bought several of these from significant sellers that passed them off. They knew, I learned.

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  • ctf_error_coinsctf_error_coins Posts: 15,265 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Aotearoa said:

    @ErrorsOnCoins said:
    I dislike any problem coin so I have none.

    Oh, the irony!

    Ya, I kinda expected that response, I thank you for the laugh :)

  • CharlotteDudeCharlotteDude Posts: 2,785 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Scrubbed/brightened gold in a straight-graded holder.

    Got Crust....y gold?
  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 44,847 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Any coin that has spent some time in a Walmart parking lot. ;)

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  • moursundmoursund Posts: 3,207 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Any really valuable coin that some undeserving lucky sod happened to find...

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