Aug 12, 2012, 01:42 PM
While hunting an old property yesterday I manage my first large cent through all of the trash. 1852 and very corroded how do I clean this up?
Aug 12, 2012 01:42 PM
Aug 12, 2012, 02:22 PM
Great find, your on your way to more great finds.
Look on the cleaning and preservation section of the forum then decide what route you want to take.
As always...Love Silver...but going for the Gold!
Aug 12, 2012, 02:58 PM
Ah thanks I'll look in to that. I'm sure this yard has more to cough up
Aug 12, 2012, 03:16 PM
Try soaking in extra virgin olive oil for awhile, then with a wooden toothpick, etch away any softened crust.
Clean with a some TSP or a mild soap, rinse, dry, then apply some paraffin wax and buff with a soft cloth.
This method works for me. There are so many variations of cleaning.
Aug 12, 2012, 03:23 PM
Here is a before and after 52 LC I found a month ago it was pretty nasty I used a tiny bit of naval jelly diluted in water and brushed it with a toothbrush. I figured the ground action killed any numismatic value to the coin might as well make it look better. And it did! Better than I expected.
Aug 12, 2012, 03:42 PM
Aug 12, 2012, 04:06 PM
Not much of a better feeling then pulling a big copper out of the ground.
Aug 12, 2012, 05:33 PM
Aug 12, 2012, 07:15 PM
Very cool! I just found my first one in June. Very nice.
Aug 13, 2012, 05:35 PM
Good find! I'm still looking for my first large cent.
Aug 16, 2012, 11:31 PM
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm still working on cleaning it up. In a week or so I'm going to hit this spot again. From what I've read the area was mill based small town in the late 1700's on up. It has to be a spot with more to offer!!