Hello, and welcome to Original Skin Coins! My name's Max and I'm a Seattle-based online dealer of U.S., foreign and ancient coins - I've been an active seller on eBay, Amazon, and other online platforms for nearly a decade. My collecting focus is toned coins with exceptional eye appeal. You may know me on eBay as originalskincoins or on Amazon as O.S.C. I can offer many of the same coins here at a lower price, thanks to the lack of seller fees.
"Skin" is another term for "patina", the toning that develops on the surface of a coin overs years of natural exposure to the environment. Processes like cleaning, polishing, and dipping strip the natural patina off of a coin, artificially brightening the coin's surface, damaging the luster, and leaving small scratches. Experienced collectors prefer coins that have been untouched by those types of tampering. Cleaning a coin destroys its collectible value and obliterates its sense of history. At Original Skin Coins, all coins have original patina - that means no cleaning, no polishing, and no dipping.