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1857 FE Flying Eagle

AlanSkiAlanSki Posts: 1,828 ✭✭✭✭✭

Slight touch of verdigris on the reverse but not too much.

Opinions as to have it professionally removed it or keep it slabbed as is?



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    KiwiNumiKiwiNumi Posts: 41 ✭✭

    I would personally keep it as is. I'd be scared it would come back in a details holder even after preservation, I'm sure it's easy to remove verdigris, but I would be scared to risk it. I believe I'm also seeing verdigris on the obverse by the A in America and a few other spots. Keep in mind I'm also partial to soapbox holders.

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    DelawareDoonsDelawareDoons Posts: 3,246 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd sell it as-is and move on.

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    AlanSkiAlanSki Posts: 1,828 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DelawareDoons said:
    I'd sell it as-is and move on.

    The question isn’t about selling.

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    DelawareDoonsDelawareDoons Posts: 3,246 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @AlanSki said:

    @DelawareDoons said:
    I'd sell it as-is and move on.

    The question isn’t about selling.

    If you're selling it as-is, you're leaving it in the holder. It was implied.

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    RobertScotLoverRobertScotLover Posts: 605 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 29, 2024 9:42PM

    Unfortunately it is common for these pieces to get green verdigris spots in multiple locations, where some of the spots have also been removed previously. However it looks dry so that at least means it is no longer active.
    In addition weak strike imo

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    AlanSkiAlanSki Posts: 1,828 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DelawareDoons said:

    @AlanSki said:

    @DelawareDoons said:
    I'd sell it as-is and move on.

    The question isn’t about selling.

    If you're selling it as-is, you're leaving it in the holder. It was implied.

    There was no mention of selling “as-is” though, so technically it was never implied.

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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,149 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Keep it as-is.
    If it bothers you though, you would likely have to crack it out before submitting it anyway, at which point you could attempt to remove it yourself first, and save significant cost.

    If you submit it in that holder, I don’t think either service would touch it.

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    TypekatTypekat Posts: 157 ✭✭✭

    It’s a small spot on the reverse, and a tiny obverse spot on the A in America. Neither are major issues, which argue for leaving it in the slab.

    You could make the daring move and crack it out, and let it sit in olive oil in a closed glass jar for 2 or 3 months.

    My guess is that then the green on the A would loosen up.

    It’s possible that the green spot on the obverse could then be gently lifted off (numismatic lore calls for using a rose thorn for the job).

    But, whether you do it yourself or seek professional help, after it’s done, there would be a hole where the reverse green spot was, and its surrounding discoloration would remain.

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    RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 521 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Keep the coin as is. The spot on the reverse is not in a focal area and is not distracting. The coin presents well for a type set . Enjoy it.

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