Indian Head Patina Question

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Indian Head Patina Question

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Started getting involved in metal detecting two years ago. I've pulled a few Indians out of the ground this summer. They tend to have a green Patina on them. I understand I'm not going to pull an Indian from the ground and get an MS. Just wondering though, do dealers/collectors discount when an Indian has a heavy green Patina? I've provided pictures of two that are in somewhat similar condition, one with the green patina from detecting, the other brown and never in the ground. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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Re: Indian Head Patina Question

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Yes, it does distract from the value because this is environmental damaged and pitting.

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Can someone define "environmental damaged" as Daniel put it in his response? Wouldn't all damage that causes a coin to be less than MS occur due to interaction with the environment? Does "environmental damaged" in the sense that Daniel used it specifically refer to detected coins from the ground?

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I believe so . I too detect from time to time and most of mine are green also except a very select few . Unless it's a key date, I usually just store them away . The only one worth anything is my 1870 which I would have to try to sell on Ebay or another bidding site .
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Thanks for the clarification Paul.

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