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Picked up this half cent for my 7070. Those of you who know these, help me out with the grade. I'm thinking AU55 or so.
Obviously it would likely be a details grade due to the scratch on the cheek and a possible cleaning at one point.


US Navy CWO3 retired. 12/81-09/04

Looking for PCGS AU58 Washington's, 32-63.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Unfortunately, I do think it will get details due to that cheek scratch. Otherwise, a nice coin.. Mid AU I would guess, the reverse is really nice. Cheers, RickO

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,481 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree. It’s a very nice AU aside for those marks. That is probably why it is still raw.

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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,147 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It looks like it may have been lacquered or possibly has residual Blue Ribbon or mineral oil on the surfaces, giving it just a slightly unnatural gloss. Otherwise I like the planchet color, and other TPG’s apart from our host might forgive the marks and straight grade it.

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    LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    i've only bought a handful or two of half cents. is that level of clashing kinda scarce?

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    johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,498 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Walkerguy21D said:
    It looks like it may have been lacquered or possibly has residual Blue Ribbon or mineral oil on the surfaces, giving it just a slightly unnatural gloss. Otherwise I like the planchet color, and other TPG’s apart from our host might forgive the marks and straight grade it.

    for some reason ill go along with this, just saying :)

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    BikingnutBikingnut Posts: 3,369 ✭✭✭

    @Walkerguy21D said:
    It looks like it may have been lacquered or possibly has residual Blue Ribbon or mineral oil on the surfaces, giving it just a slightly unnatural gloss. Otherwise I like the planchet color, and other TPG’s apart from our host might forgive the marks and straight grade it.

    I was wondering about that myself. I saw a lot on ebay where the color definitely didn't look natural.

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    Looking for PCGS AU58 Washington's, 32-63.
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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,147 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 21, 2023 10:45AM

    If it’s residual mineral oil, gently squeezing it inside a soft tissue will absorb it. A little acetone would also likely remove whatever it might be, but I feel that this may then leave it with a somewhat dried out appearance, and vulnerable to the environment, as I see you intend to keep it as a raw album coin.
    Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

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    lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There are a few more contact marks than I'd like to see on an AU coin, but overall... nice color, nice strike, and the clashing gives it character. Nice pickup..

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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 878 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think I would grade this XF Details, but I also like the clashing and it's great for an album.

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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