Post Your Old Copper

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by JCB1983, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    I've come to a conclusion that the coin I thought was an S-101 is probably an S-103. The ER is just a hair closer on the S-103 and I believe that is the case with my coin. Still an R4-, but not the R5- I hoped for.
     
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  3. WingedLiberty

    WingedLiberty The Color of Money

    1886 Indian Cent (PCGS AU58). One of my favorite AU58 coins of all time. Great elevation chromatics (rare on copper).

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  4. WingedLiberty

    WingedLiberty The Color of Money

    1857 Flying Eagle Cent (PCGS AU58). Just a hint of obverse color. These early (pre-1864) small cents rarely tone due to the relatively high nickel content (88% copper and 12% nickel). After 1864, the mint increased the copper content of small cents (95% copper 2.5% tin 2.5% zinc) -- and toning was able to take root better given the right environment. Still, these old Flying Eagles are cool given their short run and eye catching design. What other US circulating coins had an eagle on the obverse?

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  5. WingedLiberty

    WingedLiberty The Color of Money

    1940-S Lincoln Cent (PCGS MS65RB). Since I am on a toned small cent "kick" in this thread. Here is my best (in terms of eye appeal) circulation strike Lincoln. This came from the famous toned Lincoln collector that goes by CopperColor on the boards. It scored a super high eye-appeal "Flash Index" score of 9.7 (out of a perfect 10.0) -- those scores rarely get much higher than that! I called this one "Aurora Borealis" because that's what came to mind when I first saw this beast.

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  6. WingedLiberty

    WingedLiberty The Color of Money

    1959 Memorial Lincoln Cent (PCGS MS66RB). Arguably my most eye appealing Memorial Lincoln, but I have a few other that challenge this one. There was an entire roll (an original toned virgin bankroll) of these monster toned 1959 Lincolns that hit the market place a few years back. I bought a bunch, but I think Robec has most of them. Almost every one was great. Most were sold in the $10 to $15 range at the time. Funny I dont really think of 1959 as being "old" as the thread title states -- however it was nearly 60 years ago -- Eisenhower was still president. Time does seem to slip by.

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  7. Chas Carlson

    Chas Carlson Active Member

    proof 1942.png
    Picked this proof 1942 up the other day, really happy with it! I know I've already posted it, but might as well share it haha
     
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  8. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    One, IMG_2734.JPG IMG_2735.JPG that I had to have.
     
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  9. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    I just picked this up to string along my sequence. Now S-141, NC-5 and S-142. The other two are holed and this S-141 has it's own problems, but what are the pros and cons of treating it with some old Blue Ribbon I have in the cabinet. I probably wouldn't consider it on a high grade copper, but this on already has issues with the surface. I'm hoping it's mostly dirt, but who knows.

    Would acetone be better or worse? I really don't like treating coins in most cases, but this seems like one to make an exception for.

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  10. Smojo

    Smojo THE DARK SIDE

    Just a couple.
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  11. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I would soak it in water first and acetone after that. No rubbing.
     
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  12. Smojo

    Smojo THE DARK SIDE

    Like Idhair said but rinse with distilled water then put a drop of verdicare or equivalent. Let it set a couple of days. It seems to help from my experiences anyway.
     
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  13. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Does it matter Hot or cold?
    No, rubbing?
    Can he roll a Q tip over it?
     
  14. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

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  15. Smojo

    Smojo THE DARK SIDE

    the distille h2o is room temp. from the jug.
    I use a Q tip just don't rub.

    I don't think I have a pic of the reverse. But I van remedy that. Gotta give me a few to get it out.
     
  16. Smojo

    Smojo THE DARK SIDE

    Phil she's not real pretty but seen worse. There's some corrosion on the rev. between the E & T.
    The one I lost to some bad verdigris was the 1840 small date. I'm still pissed about that.:mad:
    The 1851 is a nice one but the scratch on the obv. :bigtears:.
    Here's a little better pic of the 22.
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  17. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Thinking, Lamination between the E and T.
     
  18. Chas Carlson

    Chas Carlson Active Member

  19. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I use distilled water straight from the jug with MS coins. With worn coins I don't care if it's distilled.
    I soak the coin for a few hours and move it to the acetone for a few more. A shot glass works well. I pick a size that will only allow the rims of the coin to touch the glass.
    I don't bring up q tips because most folks don't understand what rolling is. They get in a hurry and start spinning the q tip or rubbing with it. That just grinds the loose dirt into the surface of the coin. The idea is to just roll the cotton tip so it picks up the dirt and does not create any friction. Some q tips have a plastic stick and acetone can melt it. You don't want that on your coin. The last thing I do is a quick bath in fresh acetone. This process has worked well for me.
    One last thing. When you remove junk from the coin, the surface under that junk may not have the same look as the rest of the coin. The color/toning may be different.
     
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  20. SuperDave

    SuperDave Free the Cartwheels!

    I was gonna post something here but you got there first and I've nothing left to say. :)

    Edit: It's an old copper thread. Old copper:

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    Older copper:

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