Water, Acetone and eZest On A Proof Coin

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  1. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    OK, I bought this for around melt probably because of the appearance:
    bought 1.jpg bought 2.jpg

    When I got it, I subjected it to a hot water bath and an acetone soak for a few hours:
    acetone 1.jpg acetone 2.jpg

    Next step a one second dip in eZest:
    dip 2.jpg dip 1.jpg

    I think it helped, what do you think?
     
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  3. CoinCorgi

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  4. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    i agree with you (although i know nothing about US coins). It just looks nicer to me - prettier, clearer.
     
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  5. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Looks great! thumb2.gif
     
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  6. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Yeah, I'm not about to send it in to be graded, but at least it now has reflective fields and looks like a proof instead of an uncirculated.
     
  7. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    It could be argued both ways, from either side if ya will. But for that coin your best bet woulda been to use MS70. And I'd bet dollars to donuts you would have gotten better, better looking anyway, results.

    MS70 was made specifically for coins just like this one ! It truly works wonders on haze - and that's exactly what that coin's problem was - haze.
     
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  8. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    You're probably right. I don't have any MS70, perhaps I should get some. Since MS70 is mostly KOH and thickener, perhaps I should try some NaOH the next tine.
     
  9. atcarroll

    atcarroll Well-Known Member

    Potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, can I be a cool guy too?
     
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  10. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    freakin' awesome
     
  11. atcarroll

    atcarroll Well-Known Member

    What if you rised it in an aqueous solution of soda ash?
     
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  12. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Now you're being a smartie...soda ash is another name for sodium carbonate or washing soda. Not sure if that would do it or not.
     
  13. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    There's nothing like a good piece of ash.



    As opposed to pine, of course ;)
     
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  14. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop
     
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  15. atcarroll

    atcarroll Well-Known Member

    Well I'm trying to be a smartie, but I'm dumer'n hell.
     
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  16. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    This reminded me of my proof commemorative that could use some MS70...but then it would look like most every other one out there. I think the toning on this one is kind of cool and probably unique. Polish_20210104_213846869.jpg
     
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  17. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    With all due respect, that looks like hazing as opposed to toning. Could be the lighting and/or photography though. Might look different in hand.
     
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  18. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    You are correct. I should have typed hazing. But hazing can be toning if I read some of the replies above correctly.
     
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  19. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Haze IS the beginning stage of toning.

    A further bit of explanation about MS70. While it does a great job of removing haze, once toning has progressed beyond that point, MS70 won't work anymore. In other words it will only remove the very beginning stages of toning.
     
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  20. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I'll try some sodium hydroxide and respond...
     
  21. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    If ya wish. But why not just try what I said - use MS70 on a coin with haze, then use MS70 on a coin significant toning. You'll find out what I said is true.
     
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