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    A Lincoln first for me.

    I have seen many a Morgan destroyed by buffing but this is my first Lincoln and out of a bank roll of all places.

    Thanks for looking, Jon.
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    Is the dark discoloration from a buffing compound?

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    Thanks for asking this question Cliff because I am not familiar with buffing or Morgans. Jon, are you saying this was done by someone after it left the mint? For what reason, to try to make it shiny again?

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    For what reason, to try to make it shiny again?
    Yes Viv


    I thought it looks like a little tire track on it.

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    Sorry guys, I fell asleep shortly after posting. Sorry about not downsizing pics too.

    Cliff, there is actually no dark areas on the coin, it's just lighting and extreme shineyness from the buffing that makes it appear that way.

    Yes Viv, it's actually a form of "improper cleaning" that ruins the worth of the coin, regardless of the denomination. Just imagine a miniature buffer that you use to wax your car with.

    I added a few closeups to show what it does to a coin.
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    Ahhh, thank you Jon. Easy to see in the closeups. The buffing really highlights the lack of details from circulation on this one.
    I've actually seen this before but didn't realize this was the result of buffing.

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    I've seen whole sets that were polished like that.

    They sold "coin erasers" at coin shops that have some metal in the erasers.
    People used regular erasers, Brasso or other metal polishes and even baking soda to get a bright shine.

    Once erased or polished they will never recover or look natural. They might get some toning but the surface is forever shiny and won't look normal.

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    Really good follow up pics Jon, thank you! Oh my goodness, somebody really gave that Lincoln a work over! Geez, that buffing took off a lot of detail! Thank you for posting this, first time I've seen this kind of damage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyEd View Post
    I've seen whole sets that were polished like that.

    They sold "coin erasers" at coin shops that have some metal in the erasers.
    People used regular erasers, Brasso or other metal polishes and even baking soda to get a bright shine.

    Once erased or polished they will never recover or look natural. They might get some toning but the surface is forever shiny and won't look normal.
    And don't forget rubbing on the carpet ! That used to be a common practice, I'm really surprised that it isn't common knowledge on here.
    "Every mighty oak tree started out as a nut who stood his ground. I just started out"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maineman750 View Post
    And don't forget rubbing on the carpet ! That used to be a common practice, I'm really surprised that it isn't common knowledge on here.
    What's up Roger! That's old school polishing!!

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