Should this coin be conserved?
Let me know what you think. This is a recent ebay purchase that came to me in a stapled holder. It has a bit of green above the 8 and what seems to be a greasy recent finger print on the upper right obverse. Too bad about the two reverse rim dents...
Anyway, I am inclined to 'work on it'. S219OBV.JPGS219REV.JPG
I think I would for sure work on the green above the 8, from the picture it appears as though it would come off pretty easy with some light tapping. I am not so sure about the greasy fingerprint perhaps just some Blue Ribbon. I don't have a lot of experience with something like that to know if it is oils sitting on the surface or if it has actually toned darker in that area. My guess is it is toned into the coin and would not come out without disturbing the patina, but the Blue Ribbon might lessen the contrast. The coin looks great though, I would keep the work mild and gentle so as to 'do no harm' as they say in the medical world.
Definitely remove those two rim dents though, they should pop right out with a little elbow grease... I am kidding, of course!!!
I am new at this... but I would also attempt to remove the obverse green spot. It looks to be small and easier, for me, to remove hopefully without any damage. It would be a good learning experience for me. I would stay away from the greasy fingerprint as any attempt to remove or improve it would be very noticeable in my opinion.
I would be very interested to see the results of your conservation of this large cent. Good luck!
Nice sharpness for an S-219! I do not think this coin needs much, in the way of conservation. If you have some solvent (acetone, paint thinner), you might try lightly going over the surfaces with the solvent on a Q-tip. Then, a little bit of Blue Ribbon oil + soft brushing, to restore the gloss and you are done!