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  1. #1

    Jul 2006
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    Should I.... OR Shouldn't I....

    Been seriously considering taking the time to polish all my silver halves............just to make them all shiny!

    I'd be doing it in the vibration tumbler I use for my shooting brass - mixture of coins, crushed corn cob and Silvo silver polish.

    A few of them are fine as is. There are even a few that are in such good shape that cleaning is out of the question. But for the bulk of the 40% I think they'd look a lot better all clean and pretty.

    What do you think?
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  2. #2

    Aug 2005
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    Depends. If all you are saving them for is to sell them for bulk silver someday, I say clean away.
    If they are as a collection, with value as a collection I dunno.


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    Feb 2007
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    I agree with MalteseFalcon. If you only plan to sell them as silver then cleaning them is fine if you want them to shine. If you clean them much of their numismatic value is gone. Of course that is by todays standards. In the past it was common for people to clean their coin collection, now it is a big time value killer. Who knows how cleaning will be looked at years from now.

  4. #4

    Jul 2006
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    So do any of you think that any of the 40% halves will ever be of more value numismatically than for their silver value?

    I know next to nothing about coin-collecting - as you've probably already gathered.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
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    M6 for gold


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  5. #5

    Aug 2005
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    If they are your general halves you got from coin roll hunting, I would say no, unless it is an error or key date (like 1970). If they are your general garden variety Kennedy 40% half, silver content value is about all you will get out of them.

    Someone correct me if I am wrong.


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    us
    May 2005
    Northern California
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    I figure cleaning a "collectable" coin will lower the value and cleaning "bullion" coins is a waste of time. If you are going out to dinner and want to wear one around your neck, go ahead and shine that one up. Cleaning them is like painting the inside of your dresser.......what for?
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  7. #7

    Apr 2007
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    Never clean anything. There are some exceptions to this, if you can read the date in anyway donít clean it.

  8. #8

    Jan 2007
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    Unless they're exceptionally rare, in uncirculated condition, or you're saving them as part of a collection, clean to your heart's content. They're just bullion, right? No matter then.

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    May 2006
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    packerbacker, ROTFLMAO
    2008 Silver Half Totals:
    40% Kennedys:   3
    90% Kennedys:   3
    Franklin Halves:  
    Walking Liberty: 
    Barber Halves:    0

  10. #10

    Jul 2006
    Land of Enchantment
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    Re: Should I.... OR Shouldn't I....

    Quote Originally Posted by ringding
    packerbacker, ROTFLMAO
    Me, too!!!

    Makes a very good point though!
    Etrac for deep silver
    M6 for gold


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    The early bird may get the worm, but the SECOND mouse gets the cheese!!!

 

 

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