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    Ketchup for coins?

    I cleaned a 1967 Half dollar today that was almost black. I let it sit in Ketchup for about 15 minutes, then just rubbed with my fingers. It came out shiny and almost new looking. Still a little black in the edge. I should've taken pics but didn't. I'm assuming the vinager and salt in the ketchup did the work. Has anyone else used the ketchup? Does it work on all coins, or I should ask, which coins should/shouldn't be cleaned at all?
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    Re: Ketchup for coins?

    Any valuable silver coins should not be cleaned at all except with water as specified in the second link below.  For old coppers I use the peroxide method:

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,117293.0.html

    Now here's what I do for the silver coins.  First off, I DON'T field-clean them--just in case they're a scarce date or mintmark.  I put them in a large, empty pill bottle filled with clean cotton balls.  First finds go in the bottom, then more cotton, then more silver coins or fragile buttons, etc., until the bottle is filled.  Then I use the method mentioned in reply #12 to my post below:

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,113377.0.html

    You can see the results of the cleaning on the Seated Liberty Dime I found at the top of the post.  Before and after pics are included.

    Here is a little more about cleaning in my reply to this post (first reply):

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,101845.0.html

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    Re: Ketchup for coins?

    I have to try that, a old timer told me today to stick my coins in a potatoe and it would clean them lol I guess you would always have dinner and eats any way.lol
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    Re: Ketchup for coins?

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    Any valuable silver coins should not be cleaned at all except with water as specified in the second link below. For old coppers I use the peroxide method:

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,117293.0.html

    Now here's what I do for the silver coins. First off, I DON'T field-clean them--just in case they're a scarce date or mintmark. I put them in a large, empty pill bottle filled with clean cotton balls. First finds go in the bottom, then more cotton, then more silver coins or fragile buttons, etc., until the bottle is filled. Then I use the method mentioned in reply #12 to my post below:

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,113377.0.html

    You can see the results of the cleaning on the Seated Liberty Dime I found at the top of the post. Before and after pics are included.

    Here is a little more about cleaning in my reply to this post (first reply):

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,101845.0.html

    Regards,


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    thanks mom
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    Re: Ketchup for coins?

    Quote Originally Posted by EDDE
    thanks mom
    You mean "Thanks, Coin Nazi."


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    Colonial silver shoe buckle piece
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    1865 2 Cent Piece
    1788, 1819 and one dateless Half Reale
    1848-O and 1854 Half Dimes
    1842-O, 1858, 1876-S and 1888 Seated Dimes
    1898 Hong Kong Dime Silver Coin (Queen Victoria)
    1905-O Barber Dime
    1942 and 1944-D Washington Quarters
    2 Silver "War Nickels"
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