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  1. #1
    Jun 2019
    North Carolina
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    My first coin with my metal detector

    I started metal detecting this year. Finally found a coin. A 1940 something?? Wheat penny. Any tips on cleaning it up. It's really corroded.Click image for larger version. 

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    Hi...Congratulations on your first found coin! The last number looks like a 5 to me...not sure about the 4.
    The detector is my stethoscope to the earth, discovering the heartbeat of the past, to breathe new life into artifacts for us and the future.....

  3. #3
    Oct 2006
    Herndon Virginia
    Minelab Equinox 600, EX II, & Musketeer, White's Classic
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    Lots of people like Andre's Pencils for cleaning relics. You can get them off Amazon. Less than $20 US.

    Keep digging!
    "It's a long time between drinks."
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    Governor - North Carolina - 1843

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    Jun 2006
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    No better way to start than a good ole "wheatie". Good sign that might be silver around.
    We are in a hobby that is supported by losers!!

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Tony in SC View Post
    No better way to start than a good ole "wheatie". Good sign that might be silver around.
    had the same thought.

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  6. #6
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    May 2007
    central pa
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    welcome to the hobby, great feeling huh?


  7. #7

    Aug 2016
    6435 times
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    Congrats on your first coin, frame that baby! There's plenty more out there and here's hoping your next coin is Silver!

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    Charter Member

    Aug 2017
    SW Missouri/Oklahoma
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    Nice!!! Congrats!!!
    What would life be without challenges, and detecting of course.....

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    White Plains, New York
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    I taped my first coin to my machine, and found silver two-days later - Congratulations!
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  10. #10
    Oct 2020
    Western Nevada
    Garrett ACE 400, Nokta Simplex+
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    Congrats, keep 'em coming!

  11. #11
    Charter Member
    Feb 2005
    MI USA
    Ace 400, AT Pro, equinox 800, Simplex,Vanquish 540
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    Outside of a gentle tooth brushing with warm soapy water, really no way to "clean" a corroded coin.
    Lets say it was a valuable coin and you aggressively try to clean it, you would actually make it less valuable with your attempt than if you just left it alone. Collectors can spot a "whizzed" coin from a mile away, and stay away from them like the plague.
    Some people use electrolysis/ultrasonic methods for cleaning, and thats generally better than hacking away at it with a wire brush, but its still going to be obvious it was messed with, and still be shunned by anyone who might have been interested in it as a legit ground find.

    You could try the "tater treatment", simply stick it in a potato for a few days then remove it and wipe it down, some of the gunk may be removed. Don't try it with nickels, will turn them a pumpkin orange. With coins that are hopelessly gunked I soak them in olive oil for months, this sometimes removes enough gunk so you can at least identify the type or perhaps read a date. I have some that have been soaking for months as we speak, some day I'll take them out and wipe them down and see if they improved.

  12. #12
    Mar 2013
    Fisher Gold Bug Pro Tesoro Cibola Nokta Pointer; Phillips SHS5200 phones
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    Great Find!
    Now, that's just the beginning to a fantastic (addictive) hobby...~!
    Good Luck and Happy Hunting...!
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  13. #13
    Jun 2019
    North Carolina
    215 times
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    Thanks everybody. It really is addictive I went out late this afternoon and got my second coin and I think a ring. Click image for larger version. 

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  14. #14
    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
    AT GOLD/Garrett /C.Scope cs4PI/Garrett(carrot) pro pointer/ 5x8 double d coil and sniper coil/Lesche digger
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    I wouldn't clean any older coins as long as you can see a date they are clean enough. The only coins I would clean are modern clad and that would be so I could spend them.
    back of the boat

  15. #15

    Dec 2020
    194 times
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    Keep it up. It’s a great hobby!
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