Before my question, I apologize for the lack of good photography skills. A work in progress.
So, I picked this one up for $158.00. It matches the grade range and eye appeal of the others I have so far in this extremely difficult series to complete. Soon it will be cracked open and placed into a black ring air-tite to reside alongside the rest.
Being as only 230,000 were struck and the current market price for a VF seems to be around $300 I think this was a bargain despite being cleaned. Many out there steer clear of these types for that reason. Yet looking at what I have thus far as a whole cleaning and things such as light scratches seem to fade. In short I am satisfied with the acquisition of another key date.
As to the question, at what point is a coin determined cleaned by the collector themselves? If coin A were straight graded MS Details due to an individual cleaning it, with no real visible evidence other than under extreme magnification, while coin B had been "conserved" by a grading firm are they not the same? This is a subject which will be debated for many years. So I suppose what I'm asking, would you have bought this or any like coin?