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Offline 14FNX

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Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« on: December 12, 2017, 17:06 »
Before I start:  Yes, I know, NEVER clean coins lest you de-value them.

BUT, if you just want to clean your coins for display and not for sale:

First, I wash them in soapy water - Pic 1
Second, rub vigorously with an eraser.  Pic 2
Third, scribble over the coin with an ordinary lead (Graphite) pencil.  Then use the eraser again.
Lots of elbow grease leaves you with pic 3.  (The photo doesn't do it justice but, you end up with a really nice lustre.)
Obviously, you need a coin in reasonable condition to begin with but, this method does not scratch the coin and leaves it in it's found state - only clean and shiny.

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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2017, 18:52 »
Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a go. 
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2017, 19:24 »
What a pearler of an idea 14F, can’t wait to try it. Found a chimney in the bush yesterday Going detecting in the morning, hopefully I will have some finds to try this on!
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2017, 21:06 »
 Found a chimney in the bush yesterday Going detecting in the morning
Gotta love them bush chimneys, I've got a couple to check out soon!
Oh, and great idea 14FNX, must give it a go one one of my "not too important" coins.
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2018, 21:47 »
Brilliant! Just what I was looking for.  I have been using the salt and vinegar method and it really is too aggressive. I see it ia on copper coins, does it work for silver coins as well like the six pence and three pence?
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2018, 23:30 »
Before I start:  Yes, I know, NEVER clean coins lest you de-value them.

BUT, if you just want to clean your coins for display and not for sale:

Any coin I find in the ground is as good as melt value - so all detecting finds could be subject to this method...   Opps, BB go straight to the copper/brass scrap bin; detest BB with an extreme passion....

Any neat tricks for Silvers ? 

Any thing that comes from another persons collection or stash is a separate matter...
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2018, 08:15 »
The miracle sponges seem good for the pre dec silvers A M don't think anything helps the decimel silver coins very much when they get that real dirty look , Gazza 
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2018, 12:41 »
I like electrolysis for 925 silver, very quick and easy. Copper coins come up really good in a tumbler with aquarium gravel..
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2018, 10:37 »
What a pearler of an idea 14F, can’t wait to try it. Found a chimney in the bush yesterday Going detecting in the morning, hopefully I will have some finds to try this on!
Hello Ocean Dog, don’t forget to check for any loose chimney bricks the old timers used to stash their valuables and money in their usually in an old jar.


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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2018, 21:27 »
was just googling this, cheers
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2018, 07:35 »
Thanks for the tip will give it a try 
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2018, 22:49 »
The miracle sponges seem good for the pre dec silvers A M don't think anything helps the decimel silver coins very much when they get that real dirty look , Gazza
CLR and a wire brush , works a treat
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Re: Party Trick - Coin Cleaning
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2018, 00:28 »
Any coin I find in the ground is as good as melt value - so all detecting finds could be subject to this method...   Opps, BB go straight to the copper/brass scrap bin; detest BB with an extreme passion....

Any neat tricks for Silvers ?

Any thing that comes from another persons collection or stash is a separate matter...
925 or Stirling silver ... Aluminium foil and spit. Wrap tightly and compress between fingers for a few mins massaging gently. You will smell rotten egg gas and feel heat. When foil starts to break up its ready. Remove foil and rub with bicarbonate soda to remove oxides. This was does not loose silver it converts the oxide back to silver. 
Thanks for the lead pencil tip
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