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  1. #1
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    Mar 2012
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    Cleaning wheat pennies

    What is the best way to clean wheat pennies? Last night I found a wheat penny that looked like AU but it had a stain. It had lots of details on lincoln and the wheat.

  2. #2
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    May 2011
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    Step away from the penny! Don't clean coins.
    "Hello from deep within the copper mines of Western Kentucky."

    "Keep your hands off of my stack."

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    Best not to clean, but show us a pic of the stain if you can.
    As always...Love Silver...but going for the Gold!

  4. #4
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    Jun 2011
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    There are ways to clean them properly. Sometimes though a properly cleaned coin ends up aesthetically less appealing than the uncleaned one. Like others have said, proceed with caution.
    A Penny Sorted is a Penny Earned

    Salute the LOOT

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    Jul 2010
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    I agree with the above posters. If you were talking about junk copper it would be one thing, but an AU coin will most likely be ruined by cleaning it. About the only coins that improve from cleaning are dug coins and coins that are -completely- black like a silver dime I found but couldn't even get a date or mintmark off of it, ended up being a 1957 Roosie.
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  6. #6
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    Jan 2012
    Maryland
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    Some AU wheat pennies (later dates) have little value anyway, but I wouldn't clean it because you might just get into a habit of "It's dirty, I must clean it" which is never good.
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Burke
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

  7. #7
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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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    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

  8. #8
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    Mangling rolls since '09

    May 2012
    West Chester, PA
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoinFetcher View Post
    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
    Yep. That would not grade.

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    Apr 2012
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    really?? water, and a thumb? good gravy, won't try that one again. For some reason, I thought water was Okay. The only abrasive would have been the grit already on the coin getting rubbed around. - well, I only did that to 4 dollars. got some better morgans in the bunch that I didn't- a few of them show little wear on the high points. Just getting into coins, so I am very amateur. Can see some of the coins I have go for about 35 bucks on ebay in the completed listings. only paid a slight premium over melt for the morgans ( +1 dollar)

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    How would you reccomend cleaning a penny which isn't worth anything? I have a wheat that is completely covered in this blue-green rust like material. The front is completely covered, to the point that its difficult to even tell that lincoln is on the front, nevermind get a date. The only way I could tell it was a wheat is that enough of the back is readable that I could make out the location of 'one' in one cent and knew just from that, that it was a wheat

  11. #11
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    May 2012
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    If it has green crap (Verdigris) all over it, don't even bother... cleaning it will get rid of the verdigris, but the verdigris has already eaten away the details of the coin... In other words, cleaning it will leave you with a pile of unrecognizable crap.

  12. #12
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    Feb 2011
    in front of you in the bank
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    i would personally not clean any coin... cleaning the coin may make it look nicer but all value is lost after cleaning a coin.
    HH
    BuffaloBoy

  13. #13
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    Jan 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnb1994 View Post
    How would you reccomend cleaning a penny which isn't worth anything? I have a wheat that is completely covered in this blue-green rust like material. The front is completely covered, to the point that its difficult to even tell that lincoln is on the front, nevermind get a date. The only way I could tell it was a wheat is that enough of the back is readable that I could make out the location of 'one' in one cent and knew just from that, that it was a wheat
    You can do what ever you want to, the verdigris ruined the value anyway.

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    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Burke
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

  14. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoinFetcher View Post
    really?? water, and a thumb?
    Water is okay, but not your thumb. Use cotton gloves or a soft cloth with mild soap.
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Burke
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

  15. #15
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    Mangling rolls since '09

    May 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by sagittarius98 View Post
    Water is okay, but not your thumb. Use cotton gloves or a soft cloth with mild soap.
    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.

 

 
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