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Thread: Best way to Clean Pennies,Dimes.etc

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    Best way to Clean Pennies,Dimes.etc

    Just wondering if there is a "Best Way" or at least best results method for cleaning pennies,dimes,quarters,etc.Have not cleaned any of scads of coins found so far.
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    rock tumbler is fastest way to clean volumes of dirty clad.

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    Ed

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    To get the dirt off them tumble them for at least 30 minutes in a rock tumbler with water, a little dish soap and some aquarium gravel. Then if you want to get the rust off the clad coins put them in a solution of salt and vinegar OR some toilet bowl cleaner, shake them around a few minutes then tumble them again for an hour or two. Do not put the salt/vinegar solution in the tumbler. They'll come out looking goodClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	1722307 These are some of mine after tumbling with the method I mentioned.
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    Just don’t mix the copper with the silver coins as it will turn them red. If tumbling use separate drums. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyGold View Post
    Just don’t mix the copper with the silver coins as it will turn them red. If tumbling use separate drums. Good luck!
    If youre going to be dumping them in a coin-star or counter machine anyway, just tumble it all together. Clean is all the matters, not color or staining.

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    I use a similar method with a brass tumbler used for polishing shell casings before reloading. if its all clad i run it all togther the bank doesn't care what color it is. I avoid coin star machines as they charge a fee my bank doesn't.
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    Street gravel works a little faster then aquarium gravel. It does scratch them up a little more but the rougher edges work better. I usually run them with dish soap for 30 mins or so then rinse the soapy water off using a strainer and run them for another 30 with just water. It works good enough for the bank. I've sent some pretty chewed up zincolns through with out any issues.
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    Just don't include any potentially valuable or keeper coins in the tumbler. That could ruin most of the collector value.

    On those I gently rub with an old toothbrush.

    Good luck
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    I don't bother with adding any soap or media (gravel). I just separate them by type and fill the drum about half way with coins and the rest of the way with water and let them tumble for a couple of hours. Then rinse them thoroughly and spread them out on a towel to dry.

    That's all you need to do to put them through a coin counter.
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    Some good info. Thanks guys.
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    Sorry forgot to add if they’re keepers tumble separately. Otherwise the guys are right, if they are going to a coin star or similar, there is no need to separate. Unfortunately it may contaminate the drum you may intend to use for silver coins only. Good luck!


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