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First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: marcomo
Date: September 26, 2017 01:30AM
I've dug numerous silvers with varying degrees of gray/black discoloration, but there was always at least a glint of white or enough difference from the brown/reddish brown of clad to give me that initial hunch of silver.

Last Saturday I pulled this dime shaped object out of the ground and immediately thought clad. When I looked a little closer though, even without my cheaters, it vaguely looked like the design was different than either side of a Rosie and my second thought was a foreign coin. Then I looked closer and was pleasantly surprised to see the familiar olive branch and fasces of the Mercury dime reverse.

I kind of like the different way it looks with full discoloration, especially compared to other partially discolored silvers like the pictured Washington quarter I dug in the same area.




Re: First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: enderman
Date: September 26, 2017 10:46AM
That is nice, I love tarnished coins.

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Re: First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: dfmike
Date: September 26, 2017 06:37PM
I found slightly darkened silver but never like this. From the photo it almost looks like old copper. Nice.



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Re: First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: still looking 52
Date: September 26, 2017 07:31PM
Weird looking coin, never saw silver come out looking like that.

Re: First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: marcomo
Date: September 26, 2017 10:24PM
I've gotten that gray tarnish, discoloration or whatever you call it off the coin using various methods. But it leaves the coin with a terrible washed out look.

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Re: First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: September 28, 2017 01:43PM
Yep, I have found a few like that too. Always seem to come from under areas that had cement over them in the past. I dont know exactly what it is, but the coins look like trash after you clean it off. Very rough. I would try rubbing it between your fingers with some damp baking soda until you get the results you want, just know it probably won't ever look "nice".

Re: First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: marcomo
Date: September 28, 2017 11:35PM
That's interesting, Jason. I never thought about cement as a possible culprit, I'll pay attention in the future.

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Re: First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: Southwind
Date: September 29, 2017 06:58AM
Yup, you've got to watch that. Here is one I found that is completely gray. I still haven't done anything but run water on it.



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Re: First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: marcomo
Date: September 29, 2017 08:59AM
Numismatists might turn up their noses, but I think that is a stunning high grade coin! Almost surely dropped no later than a year or two past 1877.

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Re: First time fooled by gray silver in 693 pulls
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: September 29, 2017 10:56AM
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Southwind
Yup, you've got to watch that. Here is one I found that is completely gray. I still haven't done anything but run water on it.

OMG that makes me want to cry! That would be an MS graded coin when it was dropped. Such perfect detail on it but its dead for collector value.

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