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Offline unnut

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1941-C 1/4 Anna. Is this a proof restrike?
« on: January 20, 2016, 05:51:41 PM »
I recently acquired a 1941-c 1/4 Anna coin, which appears to be a proof like restrike at first look. I wanted the opinion of experienced collectors here on this coin.

Does this look like a proof like restrike?

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Re: 1941-C 1/4 Anna. Is this a proof restrike?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2016, 08:40:24 PM »
A restrike should have the die polish lines in relief. This coin from the pictures looks to have in use lines and so the coin seems to be cleaned. Most of these coins are high grade and give an impression of being a proof.

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Re: 1941-C 1/4 Anna. Is this a proof restrike?
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2016, 08:35:14 AM »
Agreed. The lines and the unnatural colour indicate very harsh cleaning. The coin is in urgent need of curation. Try giving it a bath in olive oil for a month to darken the colour. Afterwards, wash off the olive oil (don't rub) and let polluted air and dust particles do the rest. Turn it around from time to time. It should look a whole lot better after a year (or longer or shorter depending on pollution in the area where you live): the scratches filled with caked dust, the colour light brown.

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