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    Marked coins

    I, going thru a box of halves and I noticed most of them so far are marked. They have a scratch/gouge between the last two digits of the year. Has anybody noticed these markings?
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    I haven't seen that particular mark. The vast majority of marks have been made with sharpies.
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    Not a CRH guy here, but I see the appeal. The marking, is that to save them time the next time they see it?
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    A bunch of idiots out there. Found a 1984 proof last week with a sharpie X across the face and an "FU" on the reverse
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    Rookie 2019 CRH Season: Boxes of halves searched: 17; Nickels: 17
    Total skunk boxes: 8 halves, 6 nickels
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    90% halves from boxes: 14 (1 1893 Commemorative, 4 Benji's, 9 Kennedys)
    40% halves from boxes: 24
    Proof halves: 4
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    Buffalo Nickels: 8
    War Nickels: 8
    Proof Nickels: 3

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    I once got a box of halves that had a lot of intentionally scratched obverses. Multiple radial scratches on each of about 100 coins. Luckily I never saw them again.
    Last edited by TxAg; Aug 27, 2019 at 09:32 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kray Gelder View Post
    Not a CRH guy here, but I see the appeal. The marking, is that to save them time the next time they see it?
    I believe it's to tell how long coins take to come back Or resurface.. Essentially dating the coin. I've never done it but see all kinds of marks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zomotion View Post
    I believe it's to tell how long coins take to come back Or resurface.. Essentially dating the coin. I've never done it but see all kinds of marks.
    Exactly. Its a personal (and selfish) attempt at a "mark and recapture" study. Unfortunately, the people doing this are not familiar with the requirements and assumptions necessary for valid mark and recapture studies as done by biologists for live animal populations. For one thing, there is not a clear goal that makes marking coins worth the effort. Mark and recapture studies of animals are specifically designed to estimate populations, mortality, study movements, and other reasons. Marking coins is not done in a way that any conclusions could be made because the results just won't stand up and justify them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rangermsg1 View Post
    A bunch of idiots out there. Found a 1984 proof last week with a sharpie X across the face and an "FU" on the reverse
    I got my first two intentionally scratched 90% silver halves last week. It doesn't bother me to call these people idiots.

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    When I get Sharpie marked halves, I put some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wipe it off - just so the person who marks them thinks he/she is getting coins they never looked at before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ9 View Post
    When I get Sharpie marked halves, I put some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wipe it off - just so the person who marks them thinks he/she is getting coins they never looked at before.
    Purrell Hand Sanitizer seems to work pretty well too.
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    Rookie 2019 CRH Season: Boxes of halves searched: 17; Nickels: 17
    Total skunk boxes: 8 halves, 6 nickels
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    90% halves from boxes: 14 (1 1893 Commemorative, 4 Benji's, 9 Kennedys)
    40% halves from boxes: 24
    Proof halves: 4
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    Buffalo Nickels: 8
    War Nickels: 8
    Proof Nickels: 3

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    Ten years ago I took a whole box of halves I was checking for silver and I rolled each coin 1/2 way through on the edge into some blue dye I had. It set up quick and gave the coin a blue edge that was very easy to see. I have never seen one of my marked coins here in Az where I get my coins. Have no idea where they went, but thought at that time I was seeing others that were marked in some way I would give it a try. Never did it again and still find other marked coins, some scraped or gouged, some painted and some marked with numbers.

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    Here is a sample you'll see the mark between the last two digits of the year or to the right of 1976. I'm almost thru going through to boxes nothing but marked coins. I'm baffled how the marked coins all got in the same boxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ9 View Post
    When I get Sharpie marked halves, I put some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wipe it off - just so the person who marks them thinks he/she is getting coins they never looked at before.
    I do the opposite. I duplicate the mark a few hundred times and dump everywhere that I possibly can - just to further nonsense-ualize any conclusions the idiot might come to from marking.

    Marking is a stupid practice performed by stupid people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny5 View Post
    Here is a sample you'll see the mark between the last two digits of the year or to the right of 1976. I'm almost thru going through to boxes nothing but marked coins. I'm baffled how the marked coins all got in the same boxes.
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    I'm guessing those marks are on previous end coins and are made from whatever tool someone was using to open their rolls easier, like a knife.....
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