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1795 Flowing Hair Dollar "is this tiny problem fixable"

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I recently purchased a nice original 1795 Flowing Hair S$1 that would probably grade Choice Fine (Fine 15) by most major services if not for one tiny problem. In the top of letter B, in LIBERTY, someone lightly started to drill a hole and stopped essentially in the little top circle in the letter. This coin can be viewed on Ebay, item nr 3935426959. (1) Can this item be fully "deceptively filled/repaired"? (2) Can this coin be repaired and still be graded by a major grading service as original? I am aware there is a certain amount of leeway on these real early pieces. Can someone advise me the basics "who, what, where, how much etc." thanks//Tony

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It is unfortunate that a hole was attempted on the coin in question.


To answer your first question, filling holes is something NCS does not do. NCS is a conservation service and not a restoration service. Filling that hole would require restoration work that is deceptive to the originality of the piece.


If you did have the top of the "B" repaired, I can not see any way your coin would be anything but a repaired piece in the numismatic market. It would not grade with one of the major grading services.


Feel free to contact NCS directly if you have any further questions.


Chris, NCS


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