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  1. #16
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    Apr 2011
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    I would never clean any coin - even common wheats that sell for a profit in bulk on eBay become worthless junk that can only get you a negative feedback when you try to dump them off on someone.

  2. #17
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    Jan 2012
    Maryland
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merc Crazy View Post
    That's not okay either. If you don't know specifics on different cleaning techniques and what it does to coins, dont mess around with them.
    I was talking for low value coins. I would never clean high value coins by myself (would only send it off to NGC conservation).
    1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.

  3. #18
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    May 2012
    AZ
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    I heard form local coin shop to use olive oil because its all natural. They said they do that to there coins that are valuable . They also said ot doesn't hurt the value.

  4. #19
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    Mangling rolls since '09

    May 2012
    West Chester, PA
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod View Post
    I heard form local coin shop to use olive oil because its all natural. They said they do that to there coins that are valuable . They also said ot doesn't hurt the value.
    Wrong again. That is acceptable on ancients and not much else.

  5. #20
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    Jun 2011
    Wisconsin
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod View Post
    I heard form local coin shop to use olive oil because its all natural. They said they do that to there coins that are valuable . They also said ot doesn't hurt the value.
    Olive oil is acidic - not as acidic as say lemon juice (which is also all natural and not a good idea for valuable coins). Anything acidic poses the risk of removing patina. If that happens, you lose pretty much all numismatic value of the coin.

    If you have a circulated coin that has some value but needs cleaning, carry it in your pocket for 18mo. That will effectively "clean" it to some degree.
    A Penny Sorted is a Penny Earned

    Salute the LOOT

  6. #21
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    Feb 2012
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    I sonicate my coins in a soapy water solution. I use centrifuge tubes that are conical at the bottom, so there is no contact between the obverse and reverse of the coin and the container it's in

  7. #22
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    Nov 2010
    NJ Pine Barrens
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoinFetcher View Post
    I dug my first wheatie, and it's complelty green. ... I want.... to clean it.... *slaps self in face

    I can see its a 1940 - that's about it. Any thoughts.

    Also, I ran a morgan I bought under some water, and rubbed my thumb, and got most of the black off - was that bad? <--- serious question
    1940: Clean it with a brillo pad, if you desire.
    Can't ruin a value that was never there to start.

    Morgan: Although I wouldnt recommend cleaning a Morgan, it is likely a circulated common date which would only have a bullion value anyway. I doubt you decreased it's value.

  8. #23
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    Jan 2012
    Maryland
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseyben View Post
    1940: Clean it with a brillo pad, if you desire.
    Can't ruin a value that was never there to start.
    That's what I did with my 1940 and 1944 wheat cents that were covered in gunk. They have no value, I wouldn't do it to anything that has even slight value.
    1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.

  9. #24
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    Nov 2011
    Vermont
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    hot peroxide works great

  10. #25
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    Apr 2012
    Left coast
    New Garret AT PRO - I am pretty poor with this device. Too much for me! Nothing significant found. yet! garrett 150 - starting 4/20/20120 - found 30 cents, all clad.
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    The Morgan was indeed common.

    Thanks for the input.

    Since I'm here. 1 box today was skunk.

    480 in crh yielded one 67. Yahtzeee! Kidding...

  11. #26
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    Mr. Schulz

    Mar 2012
    DeWitt, Iowa
    Ace 250, Bounty Hunter Tracker IV, Custom Recovery tools, Nupla Prb4t Soil Probe 60 IN,
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    Coin Roll Hunting, Bottle hunting, and Metal Detecting
    If your going to clean a beautiful penny, why not just drop it in an glass of Coca Cola for the night then use a wire brush to get the the dirt off.
    2013 Finds- 12/3

    Bottle Digging
    Blob tops: 0
    Hutches: 2
    Medicines: 23
    Local Bottles: 24
    Tokens: 2, (1) Local
    1948 S Roosie Dime
    8 Spoons
    Music box part
    Axe Head
    19th Century cutting scissors
    ~
    Metal Detecting:
    Foreign: 1
    Wheats: 28
    Silver Dimes: 1
    Token: 1
    Clad: $47.53

 

 
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