whats happening to this copper modern coin?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Gustavo Fernandez, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Gustavo Fernandez

    Gustavo Fernandez New Member

    hello to everyone im new here, just wondering why this modern coin is looking like this? it looks like its fading or changing color but i didnt cleaned it it was saved in a plastic sheet till today but it seems it needs some cleaning or is just normal copper change colors like this? btw its a fij 2 cents 1992 coin. thanks verybody, and im sorry if this is not the correct place to post this topic. cheers

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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Finger oil.. That's fingerprint damage
     
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  4. Gustavo Fernandez

    Gustavo Fernandez New Member

    There is no way to recover this?
     
  5. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    no. not without damaging the surface of the coin.
     
  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Your coin is a Copper Plated Zinc Cent.. It is really not worth trying to clean it unless it has some kind of sentimental value to you.
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  7. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    1992 had the highest mintage of 16,200,000

    And.. you did post in the correct forum!
     
  8. Gustavo Fernandez

    Gustavo Fernandez New Member

    Thanks for the answer but im new in coin collecting, is the coin daAmage get worst or just stays like this if i keep it protected?
     
  9. Gustavo Fernandez

    Gustavo Fernandez New Member

    and just one last question should i grade it as UNC or XF?
     
  10. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    It's conceivably an uncirculated coin dear fellow. Welcome to the forum.........:)
     
  11. Theodosius

    Theodosius Unrepentant Fine Style Freak! Supporter

    Will soaking with acetone at least stop the damage from getting worse?
     
  12. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Don't worry about your coin so much. It's really nothing of value or highly collectable. It will stay the way it is. Don't even bother to send it to get graded. It's really not worth it.
    I probably have about 2 or 3 exact Fiji coins like yours in my junk foreign coins box.
     
  13. Jaelus

    Jaelus Hungarian Collector Supporter

    This is why I acetone all my coins when I acquire them. You cannot tell if there are fingerprints before it is too late, so it is safer to always assume they are there and treat them in advance.
     
  14. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    But if the prints are 'latent' acetone ain't gonna do a dad blasted thing. Finger oils 'etch' the metal, thereby incurring an an ongoing condition of such........
     
  15. Jaelus

    Jaelus Hungarian Collector Supporter

    My point is you catch them early. At the time when acetone will work, you cannot see them.
     
  16. jcm

    jcm Active Member

    The fading you mentioned is natural toning of the coin, or oxidation of the surface. It happens to all metal exposed to air and moisture. You can control this by keeping the coin in a paper envelope or a hermetically sealed plastic (non pvc) envelope. Also, be careful to not touch the coin on its front or back; instead hold it by the rims (sides) to avoid damage to the fields.
    Good luck! Enjoy the hobby, I have since 1986!
     
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