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SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,590 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 10, 2024 3:40PM in U.S. Coin Forum

1953 hazy proof quarter that needs a bath. Under the haze are mirrored fields and frosted devices.


  • cheezhedcheezhed Posts: 5,662 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Should bathe well.

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  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The images are really good and I'm not being sarcastic.

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  • CameonutCameonut Posts: 7,246 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice!

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  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,590 ✭✭✭✭✭


    I gave the quarter a bath to remove the haze. It looks better.

    The devices are heavily frosted, maybe even DCAM in quality. However, the fields are not deeply mirrored; and the fields have numerous hairlines that will limit the grade to a 63 or maybe a 64.

    I bought the 1953 proof set containing the quarter solely due to the quarter. When I removed the quarter to give it a bath I looked at the other coins. To my surprise the half dollar is one that has no hairlines. It is brilliant and IMO should grade at least a 67.

  • ModCrewmanModCrewman Posts: 4,027 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice quarter Kevin. Show us post bath photos.

  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,590 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here are after bath photos of the quarter, plus photos of the hairline free half dollar.

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,664 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice one!

  • GaCoinGuyGaCoinGuy Posts: 2,679 ✭✭✭✭

    That Washington came out pretty nice. What did you dip in? Diluted, straight?


  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,590 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A quick dip in diluted ezest, followed by a long dousing with cold water to wash off all of the ezest. Then pat dry with a paper towel, including rolling the coin on its edge on the paper towel to dry the reading. Then back into the capital holder for temporary storage.

  • 7Jaguars7Jaguars Posts: 7,178 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 12, 2024 5:15PM

    Ah, a minimal suggestion: swap the paper towel for a high nap white cotton towel....Sulfates used in towel production potentially could solubilize into residual water, even microscopic on coin surface...

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  • ChrisH821ChrisH821 Posts: 6,271 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Further suggestion- Use distilled water rinse and you can skip touching the coin with anything. Just let it air dry. Or if you must speed the process, a cotton swab can "suck up" the water beads left on a coin after rinsing.
    The "stuff" on the left obverse of both look to be from the paper towel drying process.

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  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,590 ✭✭✭✭✭


    The "stuff" you see on the left obverse of the quarter in the post dip photo unfortunately are multiple hairlines that will limit the grade of the coin. The presence of these hairlines means that this coin will remain raw as the coin does not have enough value to warrant the cost of grading.

  • ChrisH821ChrisH821 Posts: 6,271 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's unfortunate... it will at least look nice in a put-together set if you have similar coins.

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