Coin Dealer Interview: Coin Doctoring, Cleaning, and Forging: What Constitutes Doctoring With Chris Tisdale
Here’s a topic that I’m interested in learning more about and am curious as to what the extent of it is in the hobby: coin doctoring. While almost everyone denounces cleaning coins, especially for those just starting out in the hobby, it would be ignorant to say that tons of respected coin dealers never clean coins. However what that actually looks like definitely varies. Sometimes, it’s stripping the top layer of metal from a coin to remove ugly tarnish, other times it’s removing some surface imperfections, and yet others it’s manipulating metal to cover up damage. Some are considered acceptable and others aren’t. Here’s a quick chat that I had with coin dealer Chris Tisdale on the topic – let us know your thoughts in the comments!