Summer Project

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  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    My daughter has been asking for uncleaned coins to clean for at least the last year. I have been reluctant since the last time I got uncleaned coins they were basically slugs.

    Well I finally relented and ordered 10 "true premium" uncleaned coins to give her and I something to do together this summer. The coins arrived today and I am cautiously optimistic about that we will have some decent luck cleaning them.

    Obviously they are nothing but common LRBs, but I think the discovery of what is underneath will be fun for her. Obviously, sharing your hobby with your kids is even better :)

    I plan to post updates as we clean and identify them.

    Here they are now in all their cruddy glory. 10 were ordered but we actually received 12 which was a nice surprise.

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  3. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    It looks like you will have some fun and some nice coins if you don't get in too big of a hurry. One suggestion I have - as soon as you determine what configuration you have look for some examples. Print them and use them as a guide to prevent removing detail. Look at the most complicated and simplest. A coin could have a dot, symbol or letter in a field or on a banner that makes it a different coin.

    Have fun and keep us posted.
  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    What is the first step? Sort? Select? Soak?
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  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    We are soaking them in some distilled water first. Get the loosest stuff off, maybe give them a quick scrub with the nylon brush, then soak again.
    I also got a little fiber brush pen thing that it is supposed to do a good job with the dry dirt and tiny details.
  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

  7. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Looks like a good group!
    Don't hurry.
    Good luck.
  8. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I think we will have fun however it turns out.
    Maybe we will have a future @DonnaML or @TIF :)
  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Try telling that to a 5 year old haha.
  10. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    My five-year olds are great-grandchildren :)
  11. Kentucky

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  12. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    It wouldn't be a summer project if we finished it all in one day!
    Summer is only 2 days old!
  13. Arcane76

    Arcane76 Well-Known Member

    The fiber brush pen does really nice for tiny details like between letters and other details
  14. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I'm glad to hear that. I have a few of my older uncleaned coins that could use some help in that area.
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  15. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    Looks like you have some nice detail on that Crispus votive. Have fun!
  16. Arcane76

    Arcane76 Well-Known Member

    I should also add to perhaps wear a dust mask when using the fiber brush pen. The fibers are very light and get everywhere and are irritating to the nose and mouth
  17. Broucheion

    Broucheion Well-Known Member

    Hi @furryfrog02,

    I second that warning! Those fiber pens are actually made using fiberglass strands. As the strands break off you have tiny glass shards that should not get to your lungs or mouth. I have used them and they can help in cleaning coins like yours, but it pays to be careful. I would wear a mask - everyone’s doing it these days:bag:.

    - Broucheion
  18. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Update 1:
    The water was nasty so we decided that today would be our first scrub. There are a few promising coins out of the bunch.

    Dirty water. Dirty coins! :yuck:

    Hard at work
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    First scrub results
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  19. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    You are a very lucky man, best of luck to both of you. Looking forward to the outcome...
  20. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

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    I see a future TPG restoration specialist.
  21. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    A sweet child.
    You are blessed!
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