Originally Posted by Swinglow
View postThat was my thought exactly when I first started reading this thread!
I have to say ,as a coin dealer, you're making me cringe with those photos. You took coins with nice natural toning and completely ruined them and totally destroyed their value in the process. The luster doesn't match the wear of the coin and it just looks horrible. I suppose as long as you like it, that's all that matters, but suggesting this method to others is doing this forum a disservice imo.
Oh the humanity!
Jeez! This is why archies don't want us digging up artifacts, because ignorant metal detectorists end up vandalizing them!
And to the OP and others who plan to do this vandalizing of coins, who "don't plan on selling them", let me tell you something. When you are dead and buried, your heirs will want to sell them. They will look in the coin books and magazines and think that they hit the jackpot. Then a knowledgeable coin dealer will tell them your coins are next to worthless, because you ruined them with your idea of beauty, and probably won't offer them anything for them. Please, please realize that we are only stewards of our possessions, and that someday we will shuffle off to a dirt nap, and leave everything behind to others. How we preserve artifacts for future generations to appreciate and learn from is important.
Sorry for the sermon, but I'm a student of history, and this is important to me. I apologize if I offended anyone, but it had to be said--I feel that strongly about it.