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Gorgeous "toned" brand new Bessie Coleman quarter - What am I seeing here?!

KurisuKurisu Posts: 1,746 ✭✭✭✭✭

I finally got a bunch of solid rolls of fresh ALL blast white Bessies here in Denver. Considering these are only a few weeks old...how is this possible?!

It is PERFECTLY toned an absolutely beautiful light olive yellowish on the reverse, it's 100% perfectly covering the entire reverse. It's also the ONLY one I've seen with milk spots...makes me think that this didn't happen in the wild.

I tried to get very accurate color...Every Bessie I've seen (about a thousand of them now) is absolutely white with no milk spots...then this one showed up and it was more than a little dramatic, and it is just lovely!

It's got some rainbow colors mixed in...but the toning is just so perfect and consistent on only the Bessie side.
Doesn't seem to be improperly annealed...

Coins are Neato!

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Kurisu... It looks like the coin was exposed to some environmental contamination... one side. No idea what it was or how. Since only one side, seems perhaps it laid on something for a while. Cheers, RickO

  • BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 7,340 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pretty obvious difference. Looks like the obverse "Bessie" Denver 2023 coins are appearing to be pretty banged up and nicked.


    "I tell them there's no problems.....only solutions" - John Lennon
  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 7,652 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If it's "Brand new" how'ed it get toned?

    "When they can't find anything wrong with you, they create it!"

  • erwindocerwindoc Posts: 4,768 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 20, 2023 6:14PM

    Wonder if was packed in something that was wet. George clearly has water spots.

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