Dirty Lincoln in Whitman folder

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by larssten, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. larssten

    larssten Active Member


    I recently purchased a Lincoln cent collection which included a rather roughly handled Whitman folder.

    The coins in it are or at least were stunning MS-examples, but time has taken its toll on lots of them. Perhaps due to humid storage conditions.

    Do you know any way to restore its former glory if these coins?

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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  3. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    That is a real shame. I hope you find some answers.
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  4. MeowtheKitty

    MeowtheKitty Well-Known Member

    Meow thinks you cant clean copper. As the correct color is not possible to regain. If not careful you might end up with pink pennies.
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  5. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    There is not much that you can do. Acetone would remove anything organic on the coin but the copper surface are already stained.
  6. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    There is no going back. IMO. Copper is soft and staining and oxidization become part of the metal. It is a shame they got neglected in such a way.
  7. larssten

    larssten Active Member

    Yeah, its a shame. I have quite a few coins in Dansco-albums, and hope they are better stored in those. But guess this particular one, has been exposed to humidity.
  8. Bluntflame

    Bluntflame Active Member

    This is a real shame. Climate controlled storage is important!
  9. UncleScroge

    UncleScroge Active Member

    Try some copper cleaner. JUST KIDDING! Good luck.
  10. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    Sad! Allowing it to get that bad. Probably no one looked at the coins in years.
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