Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Helen L Byers, Jun 24, 2021.
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Long answer: don't unless you know what you're doing. And most new collectors or people who happen upon a coin collection, don't.
Vinegar is an acid. Acids will damage and corrode a coin's surface. Indeed, most household chemicals will damage a coin's surface. Do NOT use vinegar.
There are a few ways to get gunk off a coin's surface safely in a way that will not harm the coin. One of these ways is with 100% pure acetone (NOT nail polish remover, use the Klean Strip you would get at Home Depot). Acetone is a solvent that does not damage most common coin metals but will remove certain types of organic gunk, such as PVC residue and tape residue. Acetone will not get rid of corrosion - corrosion is irreversible damage.
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If your just talking about like for example modern zilincons or spenders.Don't do it just spend them as long as the receiver can tell what it is.
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Only clean your coins if you have to otherwise let them be in my opinion.
Here is an example were PCGS conserved(cleaned) a coin because the owner wanted a bright coin instead of nice natural toning. after cleaned the coin is duller and every single flaw is very obvious and stands out while some was hidden, to me the coin should have had a point taken away from 65 to 64+.
Sometimes leaving coins as they are is better then trying to make them look new that's my 2 cents
What's a v C pin?
That my phone acting up. Lol I didn’t catch it. Should be Cleaning a coin removes the Coins Luster.
Don’t forget about silver quarters & silver war nickels.
During WW2 nickels began to be made with some silver since the nickel metal was needed to make ammunition and other products for the war effort.
Just a natural toning on the coin. Lots of them will turn that color.
Just natural toning from the environment.
You can identify them easily if you see a mintmark on the reverse above Monticello as seen on this one.
They are 35% silver.
As stated m, 1942-1945 and the mint mark will be a large P, D or S over the dome on the reverse. 1942 also had non silver nickels but they don’t have the letter above the dome. Here’s an example from my collection.
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