Can't decide... Cleaned or not?
I know, pictures aren't everything. It's a proof 1862 Seated Liberty Quarter. It has a very low mintage, so if it's not cleaned it could be worth hanging on to...
There are no obvious cleaning signs I can find (ie cloth scratch marks). There are die polish formations, and a lot of bag marks. In hand, some of the original luster still remains, both on the devices and in the field, however when observing the cartwheel effect, there is a definite break between the stars and Liberty, for instance, on the obverse. It does not break at any of the toning however.
On the reverse the cartwheel effect is only broken above the Eagle, but the bottom half seems to be fully in tact through the toning.
I have heard there are some acceptable old cleanings?
Appreciate the feedback on this one!
(Also note the shields are NOT flat as my images may make it appear)