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  1. #1
    Feb 2016
    Los Angeles
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    Metal Detecting

    Save this old war nik?

    Hey Everyone;

    Out at my former lot site yesterday. Dug a war nik which was under a piece of concrete several inches in the ground.

    It was a weak zinc signal (20-21 on the Nox) but had to dig. I knew something was masking the target. It was literally stuck to the to bottom of this small concrete slab.

    I couldn't recognize it, but I knew it was a nik, it was super crusty. Ran it against the coil and the signal grew to copper/dime signal (25).

    I tried acetone, nada... and basic scrubbing....nada.

    Is this too far gone?

    Your thoughts?
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  2. #2
    Oct 2014
    Garrett: AT Pro, AT Gold & Infinium; Minelab: Explorer SE, II & X-terra 705; Simplex; Tesoro: Tejon & Outlaw; White's: V3i
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    Good find in tough conditions!
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2018
    Carolina Lowcountry
    XP Deus, Nox 800, Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II, Poor ole wore out Fisher 1266 that still finds stuff.
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    If it's old, I'll dig it, dive on it, detect it or sometimes when I get lucky just bend over and pick it up.

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    I've also found, by actual test,
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  4. #4
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Gold, ATX, MH7 (oldie!) Minelab Explorer SE Pro, EQ800
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    Tumble it with your clad.
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  5. #5

    Aug 2012
    Niagara falls
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    Nice find. Congrats. I agree with Xr7ator
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  6. #6
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    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
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    Way gone tumble it
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  7. #7
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    Mar 2011
    San Diego
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    Before I would tumble it, I would at least try the vinegar treatment first. Get an empty aluminum can, flip it up side down, put the nickel in the bottom cavity, add some cheapo white vinegar that covers the coin, let it sit for several hours or overnight, remove it from the vinegar and rub it with baking soda, then rinse in fresh water. If it still looks terrible, you could try electrolysis, or, then tumble it, but, don't expect miracles. You'll remove the crud, but, you'll remove details too, regardless of which method you use. Not methods for collector coins, but, the way it looks now......what have you got to lose?
    "​Jus cuz it's wrote down, don't make it so"

  8. #8
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    Dec 2009
    St. Charles County, Missouri
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    How do you know it's a war nickel?
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  9. #9
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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson taken ten years ago)
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    I'd place it back in the ground; too wasted.



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