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1974 D Penny - Verdigris & More!

 
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 Posted 01/24/2019  4:30 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Pauldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just for fun... After seeing some other postings of pennies with ooh-ing and aah-ing because they were some kind of rare variants I was blissfully unaware of, I'm posting something I just found in my pocket that's somewhat less boring than the new "shield" pennies that make me feel like things have gotten even more dystopian than I was afraid of. (I miss the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial pennies, which hardly show up any more.)

Is it un-rare enough to try some new cleaning methods? I have a bottle of Gojo citrus-based waterless hand cleaner, and Goo Gone, as well as acetone.



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 Posted 01/24/2019  5:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely worth saving, keep us up to date.
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 Posted 01/24/2019  5:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ty88ty2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Im curious just to see how "clean" you could make this coin. It'd be a good experiment with the various chemicals used.


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(I miss the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial pennies, which hardly show up any more.)


It baffles me when I see this all the time. I get tons of them here in Minnesota. (tons meaning anywhere from 10-20 per $25 box) I've been starting to think that a bunch must have been distributed to the Reserve in Minneapolis, just like how a bunch of the 09 nickels ended up in Puerto Rico.
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 Posted 01/24/2019  6:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Pauldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is after a little acetone, rolled on with a q-tip.

There's something going on by the year. It must be an optical illusion, but it looks like something raised on the coin is coming out of Lincoln's chest.




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 Posted 01/24/2019  6:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Verdi-Care would seem a logical choice at this point.
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 Posted 01/24/2019  8:22 pm  Show Profile   Check bandsdean's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add bandsdean to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This gives new meaning to "Crusty original"!
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I would not hesitate to send it in .
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 Posted 01/25/2019  1:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mamastinky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It would be interesting to see the result after Verdi-Care, for sure. Just to see. If you don't already have some, you should just have some on-hand, either way.
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 Posted 01/25/2019  1:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Why waste Verdi-Care on this?
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 Posted 01/25/2019  5:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Why waste Verdi-Care on this?


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 Posted 01/26/2019  02:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Pauldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't have Verdi-Care on hand, and not enough copper coins to justify getting some yet. All I have is pocket change and a bunch of pre-1982 pennies saved because they're each worth more than a penny, along with the older wheat pennies. I almost never find verdigris on a penny. The one I posted here is a real outlier for me. I happened to get another 1974 D at the same time, but that one was just very dirty. Maybe they had been lying around outdoors for a while, maybe lost in the snow and recovered the next spring.

Anyway, more photos to come; I found another waterless hand cleaner in the house, one with citrus cleaners and pumice, and I got a lot more cleaned off, to the point where the penny is now much more boring, and the details will now probably just say "cleaned using ill-advised methods." :)
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 Posted 01/26/2019  5:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Pauldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is after using an old bottle of Permatex Fast Orange with pumice and citrus cleaners (it now uses synthetic solvents that are neither petroleum nor citrus, and has a version without pumice). It also has aloe, glycerin, lanolin, and jojoba oil, obviously made with hands and not coins in mind. :)

The mark is still there by the year, and a soft pencil eraser didn't get rid of it, either. I could try some acetone next, and then one of those Mr. Clean white pads.

[UPDATE: neither acetone nor the white pad made much of a difference. That mark by the year is entrenched.]

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Anyone else notice how much Lincoln's ear on this coin now resembles Mr. Spock's?
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 Posted 01/26/2019  8:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Now we're making progress. Maybe have a go with Barkeeper's Friend before sending off to a TPG.
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 Posted 01/26/2019  10:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Pauldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Barkeeper's Friend contains oxalic acid, so instead I used a reddish-brownish nylon scouring pad. (I think that's one grade milder than the thick black grill-scrubbing pads. I had already tried a worn mild pad, which seems safe even for glass, but it didn't remove the mark by the year.) In my defense I'll say that the pad had been pretty well-used, so it didn't scratch as much as a new one. And it did the job. I don't need to put up the picture; you've all sufferend enough. :)

It was all worth it to uncover those Spock ears. (Who would've known...?) A lot of entertainment for a penny, and that penny is still worth a little more than 1 because of the copper content.
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01/27/2019 12:25 am
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