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Is This Verdigris On This Jefferson Nickel? What's The Best Way To Remove?

 
 
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 Posted 01/09/2019  10:07 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I bought a roll of nickels at FV from a dealer. A number of them have a bright green substance on them. I assume this is verdigris, but I thought it tended to only affect copper and brass coins. What is the best way to remove?

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 Posted 01/09/2019  10:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smauggie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nickels are 75% copper so while it is less common, it can certainly happen with nickels.
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 Posted 01/10/2019  12:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ty88ty2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Acetone soak and then Verdi-Care might help. It looks like its dug in pretty well though.
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 Posted 01/10/2019  01:22 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Try acetone first. If that doesn't help, then Verdi-Care will neutralize any verdigris. Depending on what coins are affected, though, it may not be worth using Verdi-Care.
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 Posted 01/10/2019  04:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nickels are 75% copper, 25% nickel.
What surprises me, is that verdigris is not more often found on them.
Perhaps it has something to do with the protective influence of the nickel in the alloy.
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 Posted 01/10/2019  07:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to acetone then Verdi-Care . Funny that green is so bright it looks like a melted Candy Cane dripped on it .
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 Posted 01/10/2019  12:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Unless there is something special about the coin it isn't worth using VerdiCare on it. You have a coin worth 5 cents that after treatment will be worth 5 cents.
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 Posted 01/10/2019  5:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree with Conder, save your money and time unless it's special.

If you do remove that, you'll be disappointed. Instead of verdigris, you'll have spots and the coin will qualify as being cleaned.
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 Posted 01/11/2019  04:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Verdigris is green, but so are some salts of nickel.
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 Posted 01/11/2019  08:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I suggest you look up any of those coins Unless worth a lot, just wasting time and money trying to clean.
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 Posted 01/11/2019  08:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the feedback. The coin pictured is probably the worst of the group I have. I've never used acetone on a coin before, so these low value coins will be my test subjects.
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