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  1. #1
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    Found 1867 Indian Head, Need Advice

    So after months of just doing silver and nickels, I got a box of Cents for my son to look through. Amazingly he found an 1867 indian head, which I think according to red book is bronze!!!

    Anyway it has some hard green spots on it. Though the date is very clear. Is there a SAFE way to clean this
    ~Chin

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    no. no. no. no. no. Big No.
    Never clean coins. it decreases its value even if its 'safe'.
    Put it in a 2x2 holder or get it graded. Upload pics plz
    This profile is abandoned. i have moved to a new profile.

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    Click image for larger version. 

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    ~Chin

  4. #4
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    Nov 2011
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    Dont clean it man. The coin mafia will put a hit out on you. Lets see some pics.

  5. #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinman View Post
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    ouch. its worth more like this than cleaned.
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  6. #6
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    Yes! Never clean coins, even if you can't identify what it is. Congrats Chinman on a key iH, the 1867 in my avatar was dug, and looked like crap until I cleaned it.

  7. #7
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    so why did you clean yours, just out of curiosity
    ~Chin

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinman View Post
    so why did you clean yours, just out of curiosity
    It was a dug coin and had a spot or two of corrosion. A mineral oil soak loosens the corrosion, and then a light q-tip roll with hydrogen peroxide, using a clean edge of q-tip with every roll.
    Cleaning coins I've dug doesn't bother me, it's going into my collection - for me to enjoy.

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    James

    Jun 2012
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    Flat out no, it would be worth considerably less if it was cleaned. Sure it may have better eye appeal, but collectors want their coins in original condition.
    2014 Goals:

    201/1000 Wheat Cents
    0/10 Indian Head Cents
    0/1 1984 DDO/Doubled Ear
    0/1 1995 DDO Cent
    0/2 1999 WAM Cent
    3/8 WAM Cents (not including 99s)

    $315 Cents Searched

    Lifetime Goals:

    0/1 1992 P/D Close AM Cent
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  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coppercrazy View Post
    Flat out no, it would be worth considerably less if it was cleaned. Sure it may have better eye appeal, but collectors want their coins in original condition.
    Many very nice old expensive coins collected today were cleaned in the past, as it was common. Today, we know better. CC, just curious, ever dug old coins metal detecting?
    Last edited by fistfulladirt; Aug 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM.

  11. #11
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    R.I.P. Rich Hartford, You'll be missed.

    Feb 2011
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    NO! keep it origional... i found a dirty 1927 wheat cent today with strong wheat lines, but i will not clean it, it ruins the value of the coin(not that the coin had any value to begin with).
    hh
    buff
    HH
    BuffaloBoy

  12. #12
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    Aug 2008
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    Better do something with that soon or there will be nothing left of it. First soak it in warm water and see what happens. Maybe a little dish soap but not much. Be careful and do it quick. After that try mineral oil. After that try this.
    Coin Preservation | Preserve Old Coins
    Might be able to save it.

    Maine_Jim

  13. #13
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    Seeker of enough wealth to quit my job.

    Jul 2012
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    Sweet! I can't wait till i find something like this......

  14. #14
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    Aug 2011
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    Let it soak in olive oil. Then try and work off some debris with a wooden toothpick.

  15. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by OtraVez View Post
    Let it soak in olive oil. Then try and work off some debris with a wooden toothpick.
    The trend is to use an olive oil soak. Olive oil is an organic material, and is acidic. If it's not neutralized in some way, it will begin to eat at the coin over time.

 

 
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