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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2012, 06:29:32 pm »
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Coin collectors will probably say never go and clean a coin - it takes away a lot of the value of it.


That's true. Never clean a potential collectible coin. I do always care about the possible numismatic value of any of the coins I find or purchase before cleaning them. Most of the time, the circulated coins we find have little or non numismatic value, but you never know when coming across with a rare one with value even in circulated condition. I think that I used that Mercury as a good coin to experiment with and learn the electrolysis process.  Wink


Posted on: August 17, 2012, 06:23:45 PM
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hanks, Cyber, for showing us your process.  Very cool!  A good way to pass a rainy day.


My pleasure! Yes, I need more rainy days to keep cleaning a lot of iron stuff I have  Grin


Posted on: August 17, 2012, 06:25:31 PM
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But comon silver looks good clean.


Yes, I looove the look of shiny silver. I especially love to see how clean silver coins come out around here. It is a joy to see a shiny star coming out of a deep dark plug  Kiss


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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2012, 08:42:14 am »
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So, does this only work on silver coins, or will it work on clad too? I've strangely enough have a dime and a quarter I scooped out of the ground, and they're really ugly looking!

So - what do you think?


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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2012, 09:21:43 am »
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So, does this only work on silver coins, or will it work on clad too? I've strangely enough have a dime and a quarter I scooped out of the ground, and they're really ugly looking!

So - what do you think?


Electrolysis cleans any type of coins, but clad coins are better cleaned in a rock tumbler or by scrubbing them with a vinegar and salt solution. I would not use electrolysis on clad coins for it would be a lengthy process (we find many more clad coins than silver or gold). I tell you something. I experimented with electrolysis on a nice 1929 Buffalo nickel and it turned orange  Cry . If not done properly, electrolysis can damage an otherwise nice coin. Therefore, I carefully use it on silver and on iron stuff. On iron it works like a charm removing rust and bringing the piece back to life, so to speak. Finally, it is very important to do your research on the coin for you don't want to ruin the potential value of any old coin. Leave that job to experts.

You can find cheap priced rock tumblers and supplies in eBay

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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2012, 09:33:18 am »
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Have you ever found Clad coins where the Copper is ate away leaving the Silver metal with sharp edges over the top and bottom sides?

They produce there own Electrolysis in salt water or Alkali Grounds being dissimilar metals .

Yep, Tumble them.

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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2012, 07:06:33 pm »
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Have you ever found Clad coins where the Copper is ate away leaving the Silver metal with sharp edges over the top and bottom sides?


That would be amazing to see. Isn't it mother Earth great?  Wink

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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2012, 07:45:58 pm »
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Ok Hope this works it's from the LAP top cam.

A Dime with the Outer Edges semi intact and the Copper ate away.

Note the Knurled Edges are still on the copper.

This was found on a Beach!



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« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2012, 09:18:05 am »
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This was found on a Beach!


OMG that's awesome! The nickels and pennies that I found on a beach in Puerto Rico last summer looked thin like chips Grin
That probably means that the copper was ate away by the action of the sea salts!  Cool

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« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2012, 03:57:17 pm »
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Try to use some toothpaste, don't try to rub it since it might scrath the surface, just apply toothpaste and a little admount of water, leave it for a couple of minutes and then rinse the coin under water, gently rubbing the coin between your fingers. Smiley

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don't try to rub it since it might scrath the surface, j


That is absolutely true and nobody should try rubbing potentially valuable coins while cleaning them. The best method to avoid scratching the surface on non-collectible silver coins is the foil and baking soda trick suggested by Homefire earlier. I tried it but it did not work as effectively as the baking soda paste.  Undecided

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« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2012, 06:23:15 pm »
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You sure made that look easy, thumbs up

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