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What does the grading designation "Questionable Color" mean specifically?
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   PCGS uses this description to designate likely artificial toning, which is created by "coin doctors" in an attempt to increase the coin's value to collectors who like toned coins or to disguise "cleaning" or other problems.  I believe that NGC designates such pieces as "artificially toned" or "altered color".  It is sometimes controversial whether the toning on a particular coin is natural or artificial.

   The coloration on your 1909 Lincoln cent does not appear to be original.  It should be orange, not pinkish as it appears in the photo.  Compare it to the accompanying photo of a 1909 V.D.B. graded MS 65 RD.

1909 V.D.B. cent obv..jpg

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