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« on: January 31, 2015, 03:03:05 pm »
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I talked in the last topic about cleaning clad coins with a vinegar and salt solution and the results I obtained with it.  Here is a chance for you to talk about your favorite method, how it works, what results you are getting,  or anything else pertaining to cleaning clad coins.

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The fact that the middle layer of clad coinage is copper alloy makes everything have a copper cast after cleaning. Spend 'em!


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The fact that the middle layer of clad coinage is copper alloy makes everything have a copper cast after cleaning. Spend 'em!



That's the idea GD. Problem is people don't like to take them (especially if you have a lot of them) and they don't look like the other coins they have. Grandkids don't like it either when you load up their piggybanks with them either. No no! In that case you just have to find a cheap, fast, safe, and easy way to clean them. Not saying the the way I do it is the best, just wanting to hear other ways to do it. The reddish color is not due to the copper, but to iron oxide in the soil. It tends to plate the nickel. Getting the oxide off is key to making them look good again. Here are 3 pictures of what I am talking about. Pix 1- coins cleaned with a strong bathroom cleanser. Pix 2 - coins cleaned in the shaker method. Pix 3- after a quick polish. Total cleaning time. 6 minutes. (Including photography time).
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I prefer a vibrating tumbler with ground up walnut shells which keeps the coins dry and only polishes the surface. I also use it to clean my brass before reloading.

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I prefer a vibrating tumbler with ground up walnut shells which keeps the coins dry and only polishes the surface. I also use it to clean my brass before reloading.


Got any pictures GD?

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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2015, 07:36:45 pm »
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Quote:Posted by GoldDigger1950
I prefer a vibrating tumbler with ground up walnut shells which keeps the coins dry and only polishes the surface. I also use it to clean my brass before reloading.


I use the Lyman Turbo 1200 Cartridge Tumbler, after I have used A similar product to CLR called cillit Bang but it pays to stand and watch them or it can ruin them, and for any encrusted coins I use Cocktail sticks after they have had a soak just to loosen the dirt,



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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2015, 08:09:31 pm »
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I use my Lortone rotary 3 A rock tumbler and sand to clean them up. works OK.
spending them its not always easy.
I took my $1and $2 dollar coins to the bank late last year.
They looked OK but you could tell that they where different, a bit dull and discolored
The teller didn't want to take them. call the manager. same story
When I point to them that were over $900.00 dollars they decide to fallow the rules, classified them as damaged coins sent them to the mint where they where replaced with new ones.
It took 2 months but I got my money back.
Since then I don't keep them any more. I spend them as soon as I get them.


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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2015, 08:13:49 pm »
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I use Cocktail sticks .....



So if ya find a lot of coins you got to drink some cocktails to get the sticks to do the cleaning???  Is that it?


I've used my rotary rock tumbler with some degree of luck.







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Yes, I get the same run around with even with pennies or dimes. But I just took a handful to the store and they didn't even blink an eye. They just counted them and rang 'em up. I'm liking this process even more now.

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Because some of them coins change color when you clean them I can not count the times I had to explain to the store keeper that they were real and not fake.

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