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  1. #1
    Apr 2011
    Currently using: XP DEUS, T2 SE and the Garret Carrot lol Have used: Garret Ace 250, Garret AT Pro, Garret Pro Pointer
    689 times
    Relic Hunting

    Found a beauty in an unlikely place today.

    So today I went over to the old locks in damm dating to the 40s and 50s my comfort zone for metal detecting nice and peaceful little park lol I've had hit this place in the past, had found my first silver in this park and a lot of Kennedy halves none silver but still cool to find. Hunted for about 2 hours not really having any luck other than finding a copper penny and a lot of cans, so I tried another part of the park and as soon as I got over there I got a penny to dime signal on my ace 250, the target was about 4 inches down and out popped a 1865 2 cent piece holy moly I was excited my oldest coin to date and first 1800s coin, at first I thought it was a nickel then starting brushing off the dirt and was just amazed, sorry for all the rambling on just excited lol Any ideas on how to clean this coin up without ruining the coin? Thanks, HH!!
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  2. #2
    Apr 2007
    Gladstone, Michigan
    Garrett GTA 1000 Garrett GTAx 550, Teknetics Delta 4000, Teknetics T2, Teknetics Omega 8000, Garrett AT Pro, Whites Coinmaster GT, Fisher CZ70 Pro
    148 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    A warm water bath is all I would do, I dug one of these, 1864, and it was beautiful out of the ground. Tried the warm peroxide trick and the green patina started flaking off.
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  3. #3
    Oct 2003
    Central MA
    Minelab XS-2a Pro, Excal II
    13 times
    Metal Detecting
    Beautiful find and nice coin. Still waiting for my first.

    I would try a hydrogen peroxide bath, in my opinion. Take a small amount and put it in the microwave for no more than 10 seconds. Put the coin in the peroxide for about 25-30 seconds-it will fizz and bubble-then take it out. If it is flaking like Ryan said happened to him, or if it looks like the patina is thinning, then don't leave it in any longer. If it's not, then I would leave it in the peroxide and check it every 2-4 minutes until the dirt is loose and then run it under warm tap water. Do not scratch it and be gentle when holding it in the water.
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  4. #4
    Nov 2011
    Kzoo County, MI
    Garrett ATPro, Garrett ACE350, Fisher CZ-20, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
    151 times
    Metal Detecting
    I too would try H2O2. As long as you don't cook it. This is a remarkably clean coin and should come out looking nice. Nice find
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  5. #5
    Apr 2012
    2 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Nice find, in very good shape, congrats!!!
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  6. #6
    Jun 2011
    White's XLT
    6011 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    awesome find you have there. congrats! if it were me, I'd just a use warm water, a soft toothbrush, and some dish soap
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  7. #7

    Dec 2003
    Western Schuylkill County, Pa.
    2 MINELAB EXPLORER SE PRO's .......3 Garrett Pro Pointers…… Sovereign XS-2 Pro ....... 2 Sovereign GT's
    43835 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Awsome Find Congrats !
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  8. #8
    May 2010
    Claremore OK
    White's XLT/ Garrett AT Pro/ Ace 250
    159 times
    Nice find... Congrats
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    God Bless...

  9. #9
    Apr 2011
    Currently using: XP DEUS, T2 SE and the Garret Carrot lol Have used: Garret Ace 250, Garret AT Pro, Garret Pro Pointer
    689 times
    Relic Hunting
    Thanks everyone, I'm still in shock to find that in the area of the old locks and damm site, and only 4 inches down, must've been a good luck coin for someone.

  10. #10

    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
    ACE 250, Minelab Excal II, ETrac, Infiniuim
    771 times
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    that is in very nice condition! congrats
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  11. #11
    Momma Said I Was Born To Dig.

    Mar 2012
    Mebane, North Carolina
    Garrett AT Gold and AT Pro
    530 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (4)
    WOW! BEAUTIFUL! I would just soak it in dish soap for a few hours and then rinse. If the dirt is still on there, you can MILDLY brush the dirty areas with a soft toothbrush. Beware that cleaning a coin significantly reduces the value. Also, keep in mind that the green on copper is oxide and will come off like dirt. You need to preserve what you can of the 5. It could be a curly tip. One is more valuable i cant remember now.
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  12. #12
    Dec 2006
    Colonial Virginia
    XP Deus Teknetics T2
    1401 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Nice coin. I'd leave it as is.
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  13. #13
    Its not what detector you own, its what you do with it!

    Apr 2011
    E-Trac, Safari, Cortes, Musketeer, Makro Pin-Pointer
    2245 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    Hi JC. I would skip the toothbrush. Here is my method for large cents that coin looks similar to me. Here is how my last large cent turned out that I cleaned up. Check this thread out. "" While not all large cents will benefit from an attempt to clean. I believe that results are proof at least that what I did worked. I first water soak for at least 24 hours. The water i use has no chlorine in it. I think chlorine could be bad perhaps, so city folks should use distilled water. Then I soak in fresh non-rancid extra virgin olive oil for a few hours at least then I use my fingers and nails to rub remove crust etc, all the while closely examining the progress and not just blindly grinding away. When I believe that all the crud that will easily come off without removing the coins details I then move on to the next step. Then I like to use mild soapy water to remove olive oil residues. Then pat dry with paper towel. Final step is to smear some vaseline on the large cent then use a dry paper towel to gently remove the excess. Cannot guarantee you will have the same results I did but maybe this description of my method will give you some ideas to ponder. Happy Hunting! CARM
    Last edited by CoinandRelicMan; May 01, 2012 at 08:38 PM.
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  14. #14
    Nov 2008
    NW NJ
    White's IDX Pro, Garrett AT Pro
    73 times
    Very Nice 2center, Congrats !

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  15. #15
    Jan 2011
    Whites MXT, E Trac, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
    458 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Killer find, Warm water and a soft toothbrush....
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