Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by BronzeAge, Apr 10, 2021.
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Polish almost always lightens...
But with coins...it always ruins.
Once it's polished it's basically a novelty and unless it's an incredibly rare variety it's basically worthless in regards to numismatic value.
In general most of us experienced collectors can tell at a glance if a coin has been cleaned/polished. It's not really something we do.
There are however methods of 'restoration' that do not involve any abrasion on the coin...in fact we don't even touch the coin, other than holding it by the edges.
It's strange that it didn't affect the 2021 penny at all (pure copper clad), but it seems to lighten up any brass like or bronze like pennies from before 1982 (pre 1997 Canadian). None of the older pennies I polished look like copper now. They look like the amalgums they are supposed to be.
But these are decades old and I don't remember what they looked like so long ago.
I recall the original Sacagawea being more yellow like brass or gold (like the one on the left), whereas the one I polished now looks more like bronze, or a pale reddish orange.
Any memories of the original coin? Should I just go buy a new one at the bank?
The short answer is polish is for weather vanes and bells lol...we don't polish coins. Is what I'm saying.
A coin that would've been worth $500,000 about 10 years later after the owner held on to it... but is only worth about $6000 thanks to the owner who just did not get it, or listen to a respected expert...
This is the video I was looking for. Thank you for posting it. I couldn't find it
The reason it got lighter is because you polished away the natural toning and the luster.
But... NEVER clean or polish a coin if it has any numisic value. The only thing I would advise you to do is rinse the coin in water under the tap.
How much money did I lose by polishing it?
The easiest thing to do is to take a couple clear pics and ask for an opinion. Since we have no idea what it looked like or what kind of condition it's in...sounds like you currently have a silver dime worth it's weight in silver.
Enjoying yourself and the coins is what it's all about.
If you want to get experience with numismatic value and what to do, and not to do feel free to ask honest questions. Maybe search for some relevant threads, because A LOT has been discussed here over the years. You can do the same by searching for some YouTube videos that might be relevant to your coin knowledge interests
What reduces it to a simple G or VG? Is it wear, scratches, dents or is it the black corrosion, or some of everything?
Mine has very little wear or damage, because it was in my grandmother's collection, and she died in 1991. But, I couldn't remove all the corrosion. As long as you don't look at it too closely, it looks fairly new.
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