Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Sam Stone, Apr 16, 2020.
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What QuintupleSovereign said. DO NOT CLEAN COINS (if you need to hear it a second time.
OK. That's what I expected, but I just don't understand the problem with cleaning. If I was doing something that could cause scratches, debts, fingerprints, or whatever I wouldn't do it anyway. But the concept of "dirty" coins being preferable eludes me. I don't ever see pictures with dirty coins, so it seems to me at least something minimally is being done to enhance their appearance. Clearly, I have a lot to learn, but personally I would think when comparing eye appeal vs. dirty coins, as long as a coin isn't damaged eye appeal would win. Unfortunately, I have read contradictory opinions on just that. I would very much appreciate any wisdom shared on the subject.
@paddyman98 cleans his FOG (Found On Ground) coins because they are worth face value and he is going to cash them in. Soaking coins in water and then blotting them dry is acceptable for most anyone. If you are going to use soap or detergent to clean them, make sure it is thoroughly removed because soap residue can make them look like crap in time. These are my thoughts. First thought, see if you have anything really collectible, then do whatever you want with the rest, after all, they are YOUR coins.
Thank you. I really like your anecdotal comparative analysis, especially since I have a teenager until July. I will do research to make sure I'm not ruining a national treasure. You said letting them sit in water and blotting them dry is OK, and that makes sense. But I got in trouble once before asking a similar question because I was seeing opposing opinions about doing the same with acetone or hydrogen peroxide.
Nobody wanted to use hydrochloric acid and the bench grinder was ruled out as well.
My wonderful loving and understanding wife and I are barely surviving on a disability check, so most of what we find of value will help us pay for the far too large and expensive vanity home we built when I made far too much money.
I very much appreciate everyone's candor and honesty. You're making a tangible difference for my family and myself.
problems that are currently hidden by dirt and patina. After the crud is gone.
I think that's a country song.
I think I would say "industrial grade" 99% pure (usual impurity is water).
By in large it is better to leave coins alone. Removing tarish from a ciruclated coin usually is a disaster. At a minimum, you need to start with a Choice Almost Uncirculated piece, and it takes to trained eye to know then is appropriate.
Thanks. I'm storing this info in my files for future reference.
I was warned about this earlier so I only buy the real stuph. I also toss whatever I use so it doesn't contaminate the rest of it. Thanks for helping me so much. I see your name often, and I appreciate your time and patience with me.
Thank you and you are welcome.
Thanks for the reminder. I guess it's a good thing I wasn't cleaning coins when my daughter was still a kid. She is 36 now, and it's very easy to be proud of her. I've always been proud. HOWEVER, when she was somewhere between about 5 to 10 she was a bona-fide pyro maniac. Once I just walked down to the mailbox and back and when I opened the door she had a flame on the kitchen table tall enough to reach the light fixture. That's one of 3 different stories. I'm pretty sure she's outgrown it, but just in case please don't tell her I might have flammables at home.
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