Couple of mercury dimes

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  1. MCPark82

    MCPark82 Active Member

    8C2A5E40-0130-4B3E-B398-9AB25D8928A5.jpeg 0F62DC93-FCEF-4B8B-8AF3-97B655ADBD40.jpeg ADD8D3ED-F4F3-4C67-A5A0-9BC2F996076C.jpeg 70E497CA-9099-4236-97A9-EF114203C76B.jpeg 3CB1A7B7-1CDE-492E-B729-0EDAC8495E86.jpeg 5A465022-7CFA-4888-9967-8B368351BFED.jpeg 5524CE29-9D2E-47CE-9375-5914142D2EC1.jpeg Can’t really tell what the date of the teens one is because of all the wear, maybe 1918 or 1919? The 43 is in pretty good condition with a bit of toning but it’s not FSB or anything.
     
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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Looks like a 1919-S. Both would be worth melt or about $1.30 each. Not sure of the latest silver price.
     
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  4. GH#75

    GH#75 Active Member

    1919 s dime
     
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  5. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    I am leaning towards 1918S
     
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  6. J.T. Parker

    J.T. Parker Active Member

    Currently U.S. silver dimes melt is $1.3043 each however with the wear exhibited on the earlier dime there is probably a little less silver value than on the '43.
    (I would have been happy digging either!)
    Bye the bye, Thanks to all the members who like my recent 'Merc. post'.
    J.T.
     
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  7. MCPark82

    MCPark82 Active Member

    Yea it almost looks like a 3 stamped over an 8 or 9 to me
     
  8. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    Have you thought about getting that 43 into some acetone? It might help with that Verdigris.
     
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  9. MCPark82

    MCPark82 Active Member

    I thought you aren’t supposed to try to clean coins... or are you being sarcastic lol
     
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  10. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

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  11. MCPark82

    MCPark82 Active Member

    Interesting, thanks! Sometimes I’ll use hot water and soap, or a plastic toothpick to remove crud but that’s about it
     
  12. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Acetone is less damaging to coins than soap and water, never mind poking with a toothpick. An acetone soak is proper cleaning, and won't damage a coin or prevent it from being graded. It's only improper cleaning that causes problems.
     
  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    You can't just use any acetone, like nail polish. That's horrible on coins. You need an industrial strength acetone.
     
  14. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    Like @-jeffB said, no toothpicks.
     
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  15. MCPark82

    MCPark82 Active Member

    Thanks for the info fellas... I figured if it’s something much softer than metal it wouldn’t damage it but I guess that’s not true. Fortunately I only ever did it to coins that were heavily caked in crap to the point that I couldn’t read the devices so probably didn’t matter
     
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  16. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Take a new zinc Cent and put a little soap and water on it. Brush the coins surface with a toothbrush. Notice the results? It's all scratched and the toothbrush is softer than the metal.
     
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