Cleaning Coins with Pencil Eraser!

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by tristen1230, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. tristen1230

    tristen1230 New Member

    I decided to experiment and here is my result. It is very good! Will upload some more results soon.

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  3. Numis-addict

    Numis-addict Addicted to coins

    I can't help but think that something is up. It may be scratching the surface, but it breaks one of the number one rules of collecting, Never Clean Coins. And another thing, wonder if it would differ from eraser to eraser, but don't take that as in invitation to do that to more coins
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  4. tristen1230

    tristen1230 New Member

    Well I don`t think it would scratch it really up. But if you need to clean a coin then this is a good way.
  5. saltysam-1

    saltysam-1 Junior Member

    I believe the TPGs consider using an eraser as part of coin doctoring.
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  6. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    Think again.

    I hope no serious coin collectors take this terrible advice.
  7. 2schnauzers2luv

    2schnauzers2luv Junior Member

    Ummmmmm............I don't know if that's such a good idea. That is altering a coins surface. A dealer or experienced collector would notice that pretty fast I think, and though the coin may "look better", it's value will be decreased considerably.
  8. Numis-addict

    Numis-addict Addicted to coins

    As I said above, one of the number one rules of collecting is Never Clean Coins. Of course, they are your coins and no one has any right to tell you what to do or how to collect, but there is a reason that you can say rule to collecting and Never Clean Coins in the same sentence and not get pounded for saying there are rules to the hobby.
  9. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Think of being buried alive in the box as using a pencil eraser to clean coins.....

  10. Fall Guy

    Fall Guy Active Member

    I'll stick to using a rock tumbler. :D
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  11. GreatWalrus


    That reminds me, I want to experiment with methods of cleaning coins on some newer worthless pennies just for fun :p
  12. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

  13. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Consider? Yeah, sometimes they do I'm sure of it. :D Those aren't high end coins or anything and the kid needs to learn. Let him clean his coins and learn from his mistakes. :thumb:
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  14. Would you have ever thought that a1700 coin after all the abuse it was put through would one day be told that it was ruined because someone cleaned iit with an eraser.
    How many thnk this is true and what proof if any do you have that an eraser can scratch something as tough as silver or copper.
    Please feel free to educate me here as i have done this many times in twenty years and have the coins for proof that there is no damage.
    Rubber will never scratch metal and this should be a no brainer.
    Think for yourselves and when someone that gets paid to clean your coins trys to tell you not to do it tells me iam dipping into their profits.
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  15. silverfool

    silverfool Active Member

    just the title of the thread made me cringe.
  16. omahaorange

    omahaorange Active Member

    I'll start with woody:

    An eraser cleans because it is abrasive, just like sandpaper. Sandpaper comes in varying grits (coarseness) and in woodworking, the trick to getting a shiny surface is to smooth it with finer grits of sandpaper. The higher the number, the finer the grit. Each grit is designed to remove the scratching left by the previous grit. It still leaves scratches, but you don't notice the finer ones with the naked eye. They are still there, and the surface looks shinier because the scratches are minute. Hope this helps.

    Now, back to the topic at hand, the problem is not with cleaning coins, but with passing those cleaned coins off as higher grades than what they are to make more money off the sale. If the OP thought he could increase the value of the coin by doing this, than that's what is wrong with the process. Here we are talking about a low value coin and an experiment (I hope) so what's the harm? Had he done this to a cc Morgan, then tried to sell it as being in a higher condition, then the ethics of cleaning come into play. But they are his coins, so he can do want he wants (or she).
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  17. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

    If they're your coins, have fun. Buff 'em up and make them as clean and as shiny as you can. Then when you get tired of them, put them back into circulation because they'll only be worth face value or bullion value.

    A part-time coin dealer at one of the shows has albums full of his cleaned coins and he brags how he cleaned them with an eraser and that nobody can tell. However, he's the same guy that whines about not being able to sell any of his coins.
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  18. jloring

    jloring Senior Citizen

    Back in the 1950's, when I was young and stupid (as opposed to my current status as old and stupid), cleaning coins was an accepted practice. And, as YN's, we had basically two choices; baking powder/toothbrush or pencil eraser. Those old Whitman albums contained the shiniest of coins.
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  19. rodeoclown

    rodeoclown Dodging Bulls

    I hope not either. I'd only do this to a coin if I was desperately bored and didn't care about the coin getting the erasing, while it already has zero value whatsoever. But then again, I'm never that bored so no, I would never do this.
  20. VNeal

    VNeal Member

    Rock tumblers, erasers, acetone. Do not clean coins
  21. Numis-addict

    Numis-addict Addicted to coins

    Might as well have cazkaboom bring out his neighbor's belt sander that he mentioned some time before:devil:
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