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1858 Flying Eagle Cent!! To Clean Or Not To Clean (Please Help!)

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 Posted 01/25/2020  11:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KingFridayXIII to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When I find myself with grimy coins - Coin Community comes to me - Speaking words of wisdom - Let it be.
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 Posted 01/27/2020  05:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JoggingLiberty to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like this one as is.
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 Posted 01/27/2020  09:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ZenFE99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd agree with paralyse around $30'ish, definitely under $50 I'd say.
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 Posted 02/01/2020  3:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tches354 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This coin looks very similar to the 1858 Flying Eagle I have. Best advise is not to clean it. Could totally destroy the value of the coin.
This advice was given to me by a coin appraiser. But th en he said "do what you have to do to satisfy yourself"
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 Posted 02/02/2020  04:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Please, Please PLEASE
Do NOT clean your coin(s)!
Cleaning destroys value!
Honest dirty coins have more value than cleaned ones!
Please fight that inter-desire to have a shinny coin!
(We love coins here and want save as many coins as we can)

Please, we sincerely hope you'll stick around and learn more about care of your coins
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 Posted 02/02/2020  08:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Accept it for what it is, and cherish it. If you clean it, you will be this guy
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 Posted 02/02/2020  3:33 pm  Show Profile   Check paralyse's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Please, Please PLEASE
Do NOT clean your coin(s)!
Cleaning destroys value!
Honest dirty coins have more value than cleaned ones!


There is a difference between conserving a coin (using safe methods to remove dirt, contaminants and other harmful items which will damage its surfaces) and cleaning a coin (using chemical or mechanical methods to alter the surface of the coin or the metal itself.)

Conserving a coin can in many cases not only prevent further damage, it can increase the value and protect the coin against future problems related to surface contaminants such as dirt, grease, fingerprint oils, smoke, and the like.

Cleaning a coin with the intent to "improve" its appearance -- whether that's a dip, scrub, wipe, or whiz -- alters the metal surface of the coin and removes originality.

Please don't conflate the two as they are very different processes with very different intentions. Regardless, conserving coins requires experience and care, and should not be attempted on anything you value greatly until you have learned the proper techniques, methods and substances involved.
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 Posted 09/15/2020  12:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinHunter00 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hello everyone! I am just revisiting this thread and am surprised to see that an extra page of comments has been added! I will let you all know that I both KEPT the coin and LEFT IT ALONE! It is now resting in an airtight capsule to be admired :))

Thank you all for the comments, information, opinions, and wisdom!
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 Posted 09/15/2020  2:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I will let you all know that I both KEPT the coin and LEFT IT ALONE! It is now resting in an airtight capsule to be admired :))
Excellent!
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 Posted 09/15/2020  2:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wonderful news!
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 Posted 09/15/2020  5:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mikev50 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
cropped and rotated for you--

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 Posted 09/18/2020  4:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinHunter00 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks all!
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 Posted 09/19/2020  03:14 am  Show Profile   Check Paradime Coins's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Paradime Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
great date and no doubt part of our us history. dont clean, and to be honest in my opinion cleaning it will not change the value significantly as it is likely a Fine Details grade regardless. This looks more wholesome. Good luck!
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 Posted 09/19/2020  08:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From a distance, it looks a bit like a small black disk, with all detail very difficult to see.

They must have looked fabulous, with a lighter bronze, slightly silvery color, when freshly minted.
Because they were smaller than the previous traditional bronze large Cent type that preceded it, I guess that at the time,
the admixture of 12% nickel in the alloy helped to give an impression of extra value to compensate for it's smaller size.

That is why I prefer lighter colored examples of this type.

Even so, the heavier weight over the standard bronze Indian Head cent which followed it, and the flying eagle Gobrecht inspired reverse helps to make this type forever popular among collectors.

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Switzerland was the first country to alloy nickel in their billon coinage in 1850: 15%Ag 50%Cu 25%Zn 10%Ni.
British used 50%Ag 40%Cu 5%Zn 5% Ni 1927-1946. (quaternary metals)
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 Posted 09/19/2020  12:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add suipakpaikungfu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you think you paid too much, do What I do when that happens..
Keep it as a learning tool. BTW, it happens less and less as you gain more experience..
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