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Just What Constitutes "Cleaning" Of A Coin?

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 Posted 03/02/2019  11:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mikem007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I do clean coins but first experiment on several of the same denomination and date which are not my intended keepers. If you kill those, no big deal as they were experimental. Get yourself a 5x and perhaps 10x loupe so that you can look at the results under magnification. When you feel you got the technique right for your keeper, proceed with caution. I found that even with pennies, there is a difference between years in what metals where used by the mint, I have gotten mixed results. Especially between a US 1 penny, versus nickel, versus dimes and quarters, major difference primarily due to hardness of the metal types.

For the record, I'll admit that I killed a few keepers.
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 Posted 03/15/2019  02:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rayder to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
After reading all that I can find on this topic I am now just lightly restoring what I have. Step1 h2o soak over night followed by debris removal with Q tip. 2nd step overnight in olive oil, remove debris with q tip. 3rd step 10 minute acetone dip. Is there more I can do without damaging said coin?
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 Posted 03/15/2019  02:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add llewellin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You're gonna have to post some pictures to get an accurate response to your question and fill in some more details, like what is the coin, what is all this "debris" you are removing from it, and what is your goal with the coin. Best to start a new topic to get specific responses about your coin.
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