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TRTR Posts: 50 ✭✭✭

My first half cent. Surfaces seem to have a woodgrain texture and black lines that don't appear to be scratches as none are on the raised devices. Coin has natural color so doesn't look cleaned. Is this normal on these coppers? Thanks.

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    MasonGMasonG Posts: 6,261 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't know- based on images, looks cleaned to me.

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    Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,713 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Your pics are not in focus, more coin less background. Looks like pmd at first glance. Peace Roy

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,555 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It looks to have been cleaned with a harsh abrasive. The sharpness looks to be VF-EF.

    Original surface coins would be a bit darker, and the surfaces would smoother.

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    johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,648 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pics to blurry for me to tell

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Blurred pictures... appears to be harshly cleaned.... Cheers, RickO

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    291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,998 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Brutally cleaned. Return it for a refund if you can.

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    WilliamFWilliamF Posts: 831 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Too blurry to tell much, but those are definitely not original surfaces :cry:
    That is a damaged and cleaned coin that should not be sold as anything other than that, sorry to be so harsh but that coin is rough.
    Better pics would help with a more thorough analysis...

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    lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,939 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Too bad... yes, harshly cleaned. Images are a bit blurry but I'm seeing heavy vertical lines behind Ms. Liberty's head and again on the reverse. The color has that orange pallor that cleaned copper takes on...

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    messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,740 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dislike.

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    JBKJBK Posts: 14,923 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 13, 2022 9:50AM

    I suspect that you might be confusing "woodgrain texture" with woodgrain toning.

    One is sometimes natural and attractive, and one is surface damage. ;)

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,555 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A higher grade circulated half cent should look more like this.

    The made for circulation date Classic Head half cents from the 1820s and '30s saw limited circulation. It is quite unusual to see one in less than VF-30 condition with respect to sharpness.

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    NumisOxideNumisOxide Posts: 10,991 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks more tooled than cleaned to me. Probably to remove corrosion.

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    TRTR Posts: 50 ✭✭✭

    Sorry for my bad pictures. It looks natural brown but has spidery black lines on the surfaces. I'll look for a better example for my type set. Luckily didn't pay too much for it. Was in a PCI vf35 slab.

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    WilliamFWilliamF Posts: 831 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TR said:
    Sorry for my bad pictures. It looks natural brown but has spidery black lines on the surfaces. I'll look for a better example for my type set. Luckily didn't pay too much for it. Was in a PCI vf35 slab.

    If it was straight graded then there must be something going on with it that we can't see in the pics...
    do you know what the cert number was by chance?

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