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« on: May 25, 2011, 04:12:34 pm »
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After reading through the other threads I'm a little confused about how to clean my recent find. It is about the size of a U.S. quarter. It is completely covered in rusty globs. I do not know if it's modern (within last 50 years or so) or older. The area it was found in could mean it's much older. I have tried soap water and toothbrush and it doesn't do much. I don't want to use toothpaste, tumbler, etc. because if it is really old I don't want to jeopardize value. How do I safely remove enough of the outer crust to see what it is? Thanks  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 05:33:13 pm »
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You could do this! 

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http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Coins


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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2011, 09:55:44 pm »
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Thanks homefire but that process describes cleaning non valuable coins. Say my coin is worth lot's of money but ordinary soapy water won't clean it, what shall I do? I do not know if this coin is valuable or not and don't want to harm it if it is. For all I know it could be a token but not sure. Whats the safest way to clean gunk off a valuable coin besides soapy water without harming its value? I will try and post a pic in the comings days. The coin is covered with rusty material that allows none of it's markings to be seen.

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2011, 10:04:25 pm »
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Not much left to try but Electrolysis lots of how to sites on the net plus several members have started threads on how they do it.

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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 10:07:44 pm »
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Have you tried white vinegar?

Before that Hot Hydrogen Peroxide.

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011, 10:54:03 pm »
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You sure its a coin if its that rusty? You sure its not just a metal washer?
 just saying if its that rusty??? Not doubting your word of a coin but could it be a washer?

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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011, 11:18:43 pm »
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Cache, I was wondering about that, thinking that maybe coins don't get this rusty. I am new to treasure hunting and just go on this site to learn things and drool over other people finds. I don't even own a detector, not yet at least. I found this coin or whatever it is, while doing yard work. I guess I just got overly excited and thought that it was a coin, lol  Grin. Once I get my hands on a digital camera, lost mine a few months ago, I'll take some pics. Thanks seldom and homefire for your posts, and no I haven't tried white vinegar but I will look into that as well as hot hydrogen peroxide and electrolysis. Have a good one!

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if you ain't got a detector yet you might be interested in the one being auctioned off here on this website ending the end of the month i think it is. All the proceed go's to this fine form for us all to keep on learning what we love to do...HUNT!!!

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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 11:33:02 am »
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Cache, I was wondering about that, thinking that maybe coins don't get this rusty


I've seen coins pulled out of some areas with thick red gumbo soils where you'd swear the coins were steel because they looked so "rusty".   

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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 12:01:05 pm »
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howdy farmdigger can you put a image up for us to see maybe that will help us help

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