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Grading Coins and toning.

To what point does toning affect the ability of the coin to be graded?


  • MaywoodMaywood Posts: 1,575 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Toning can impair luster and will sometimes obscure marks on the surface of a coin. It can also add/subtract from the grader's opinion depending on how it affects overall eye appeal.

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

    WOW! That one would have to be an in hand assessment there. The TrueView makes it look more Red, but that's almost always the case.

    Reverse toning seems near terminal, the spot on the wing is distracting. Looks like the toning impaired the luster overall.

    Despite the grade and the bean that would probably be a hard pass for me ... and I generally love original toned coins

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It could go either way.... Depends on what the tarnish looks like, the extent and stage. If it obscures detail and luster, could be negative, light and colorful, could be positive. I would say on that dime, may be negative - it sure is for me. Cheers, RickO

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

    Unacceptable eye appeal, especially for a common not-so-old coin. Surprised it beaned, In a recent JA interview he was talking about rethinking his grading of dark coins, although I believe he was discussing early halves.

  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow is right! That toning looks burnt and I would have to hope that it appears much less terminal in-hand, but I doubt it. Based upon the images, I'm surprised the coin went MS66FB and also surprised it received a CAC sticker.

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