When I buy silver from Provident, it's always clean and shiny and new. I imagine that's the way they like to sell it. So what about silver that they buy back from customers? When customers sell to Provident (or any other bullion company), do they pretty much send it to the company "as is", or do they clean it up first? I'm talking about things like bullion rounds and bars rather than numismatics. I've got a bunch of items I've had for almost 20 years that I've bought from local dealers. Some of it looks new, and others are darkened and tarnished. I had to buy it that way because it was all that was available on the shelf at the time. But would a place like Provident want it that way? Jewelry cleaners are readily available and can shine them up. Maybe the bullion companies would rather do that themselves. I don't know. So I ask.