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Are very tiny carbon spots acceptable on higher grade Lincolns in red/brown? Should I get rid of them for ones that do not have any spots? These spots (2 tiny specs) are in the field of the coins on the reverse. Thanks for the input.

Hedger

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  • nwcsnwcs Posts: 13,387 ✭✭✭
    Carbon spots will lower the overall grade. Depending on size and severity. Myself, I'd choose one without spots. Unless the spots were such that they didn't bother me.
  • hookedoncoinshookedoncoins Posts: 1,231 ✭✭✭
    I know for many coins, MS64 is the highest a coin can grade with carbon spots (there are some exceptions); however, I have heard that it may be a little higher with lincolns. Maybe MS65 or so as the highest possible grade (once again with exceptions).
  • ShamikaShamika Posts: 18,758 ✭✭✭✭
    It depends on how big they are and where they are located. I've seen MS67RD cents with a tiny carbon spot or two.
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  • Flyspeck size spots not in a major focal area will not hurt the grade too much. However, if you see a PCGS MS67 with larger spots and or small ones in a prime focal area, there's a good chance they appeared after the coin was slabbed. A true 67 should not have these - even a 66 would be suspect! My 66 and 67s are free of carbon spots, except a few which will only show up under high magnification, i.e. higher power than a loupe.

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  • being a new guy...a spot is a spot. what's the difference a carbon and none carbon spot ?

    Herb
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  • lavalava Posts: 3,286 ✭✭✭
    There are two aspects to spots, carbon or otherwise. The question starting the thread focuses on the impact of the spot on the grade. Regardless of grade, spots also affect eye appeal, and typically make the coin less desirable for its assigned grade. Spots annoy the hell out of me, but maybe I'm just picky. Michael and Janet Jackson annoy the hell out of me too.
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  • "Janet Jackson annoy the hell out of me too" yea ...she has a spot also, I saw it on TV during the superbowl

    Herb
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  • Cougar1978Cougar1978 Posts: 7,470 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Never liked spotted coins - tough to sell too. Best thing - avoid them.

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  • Insider3Insider3 Posts: 163 ✭✭✭

    @ibzman350 said:
    being a new guy...a spot is a spot. what's the difference a carbon and none carbon spot ?

    Herb

    One is generally black and the other is usually reddish.

  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,681 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I personally do not like white milk spots or carbon spots.

  • lusterloverlusterlover Posts: 1,255 ✭✭✭✭

    The delineation I like to make is that carbon spots/issues are IN the coin and growing. Typically caused by moisture or other contaminant. Non-carbon spots are typically ON the coin and are surface crust which aren't damaging the coin. In many cases, these can be easily removed. These typically don't hurt the grade as they are a sign of originality.

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,205 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @lusterlover said:
    The delineation I like to make is that carbon spots/issues are IN the coin and growing.

    I didn't think carbon spots continued to grow if a coin is properly stored.

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  • lusterloverlusterlover Posts: 1,255 ✭✭✭✭

    @PerryHall said:

    @lusterlover said:
    The delineation I like to make is that carbon spots/issues are IN the coin and growing.

    I didn't think carbon spots continued to grow if a coin is properly stored.

    You're probably right about that. I've seen some get worse over time and others not.

  • Cougar1978Cougar1978 Posts: 7,470 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 6, 2024 11:29AM

    Even very small carbon spots can be a deal breaker on a beautiful gem Morgan Dollar. Jimmy had one like that, got tired of dropping price to move that, then finally blew it out on the bay starting it at melt.

    Some black spots could be evidence of biological attack and increase over time.

    Investor beware.

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  • Cougar1978Cougar1978 Posts: 7,470 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 6, 2024 11:37AM

    Whats the highest grade u seen some black spotted coins at or what some call the walking dead. Perhaps a poll.

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  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,564 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Once I notice carbon spots I just can't unsee them. Like other distractions on a coin.

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