1835 Capped bust quarter


I have been cataloging a five generation long coin collection and came across this gem.  It is the right weight and has proper dimensions.  My concern is that it looks like it just came off the mint.  It has been in sealed packaging since at least the late fifties/early sixties.  Is the lack of tarnish something to be concerned about?

  Thanks for any input.

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  • Yes. It is a concern. The coin appears to be harshly cleaned. The very even shiny silver color indicates cleaning. An uncleaned coin does not look shiny, instead it looks frosty or lustrous. This is a distinction that coin collectors learn as they inspect hundreds of coins. The image below, from Heritage Auctions ( ha.com ), shows an uncirculated coin which has not been cleaned.


    It is difficult to tell from your pictures, but there appears to be only slight wear on the coin. An uncleaned coin like this would probably sell for $500 US dollars or more. With the cleaning, values goes down to the $150 range (or thereabouts).

    As always, CoinQuest thanks Heritage for use of its coin photo. It's a beauty!

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