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First Restoration Attempt. How Did I Do?

 
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 Posted 03/10/2018  10:33 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
So I picked up a nearly completed Whitman album of Franklin halves for dirt cheap from one of my pawn shop sources a couple weeks ago.

This one in particularly was in rough shape. I didn't use any abrasive chemicals. Just acetone and a tooth pic. How do you think I did?

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 Posted 03/10/2018  11:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Certainly looks better, but probably didn't change the value much... since it looks like crud rather than corrosion, maybe an overnight soak in distilled water?
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 Posted 03/10/2018  11:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking. I was debating a water soak or olive oil. There were a couple more coins in this album that had that red crusty stuff on them. Almost looks like old, dried blood. Yuck, right? I paid $3.75 each for these coins so I'm not concerned about value. I just thought it would be a good set to explore the wild world of coin restoration with.
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 Posted 03/10/2018  11:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I should note that I soaked it in acetone for a couple days before I went at it with a tooth pick.
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 Posted 03/10/2018  11:45 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You're right, it does look like blood! No wonder they were cheap.

Anyway, I have never soaked a coin in olive oil, but that may be a good candidate for a test. Your acetone/toothpick results are noticeable, for sure, but I don't think the eye appeal was raised much.
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 Posted 03/10/2018  11:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mike, acetone and possibly xylene may work on the brownish spots, but see the dark black spots on the cheek and by the lips didn't change at all. That means the culprit isn't organic, acetone or plain water won't work. Those areas I treat with a tarnish remover on a q-tip, not soaking the coin entirely. Wet the tip and press/dab or maybe roll the tip over the area. I see three other spots that may need that also, the left bell hole, the eagle's left wing and the obverse field at 10 o'clock.
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 Posted 03/11/2018  12:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the tip, Butch! I'll give it a shot. I did try the q-tip rollover trick with acetone after I went at it with a tooth pick but I didn't get any results. Guess it's time for harsher chemicals.
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 Posted 03/11/2018  06:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I tried the water soak last night and results were spectacular.

I put the coin in a bowl and let the tap water get as hot as it could. I put the bowl under the water flow to fill the bowl. The results were almost instantaneous but I let it soak overnight.

It's hard to believe it's the same coin.




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 Posted 03/11/2018  07:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bpoc1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amazing.
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 Posted 03/11/2018  09:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok guys , thanks to Mikes experiment all we have to do with our dirty crusty coins is throw them in boiling water .

Nice outcome !
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 Posted 03/11/2018  09:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It all depends on what the crust is. In this case it was something that was either water-soluble or softened due to the heat.
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 Posted 03/11/2018  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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In this case it was something that was either water-soluble or softened due to the heat.


I did this before with a bunch of gunky change from my old truck. The coins were plastered with sticky crud, coffee and whatever other crap and drinks that spilled on them over the years. When I sold my truck I had to scoop the change out from the middle console. At the time I just wanted them to be presentable for deposit at my bank. So I boiled them in vinegar and salt which did the trick but turned all the coins yellow.

So my guess on this coin would be that it is was either coffee, soft drinks or blood that crusted this coin over. I'm thinking it was the heat that did the trick. Almost immediately, when I looked at the coin in the bowl, I thought I made a mistake and put the wrong coin in. The gunk was removed that quickly.
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 Posted 03/11/2018  12:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice restoration!
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Great restoration!
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 Posted 03/11/2018  12:52 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fantastic results!
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