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Cleaning ... Practice Vs. Practicality !?!

 
 
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 Posted 05/12/2019  01:43 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add TinyRetreat to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Having never cleaned one of my coins, out of fear and knowledge that it can "ruin" a coins value ... please share with me your opinions and practices.

Do you clean coins regularly ?
How do you clean your coins ?
Recommendations on methodology ?

Thanks in advance ...
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 Posted 05/12/2019  01:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It all depends on what you have, and what you are trying to accomplish. Very few rules of thumb, and you can ruin a coin if you don't know what you are doing.
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 Posted 05/12/2019  04:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All I can say is practice on coins with no added value,and when possible stick to the rule (never clean coins). A member once posted a list of severity of cleaning from mild to wild,maybe a member can post a link to it.
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 Posted 05/12/2019  07:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here you go--straight from @badthad:

http://goccf.com/t/57008#447106
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 Posted 05/12/2019  08:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's the one,thanks Spence.
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 Posted 05/12/2019  08:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Out of a collection of about 2,500 coins in my collection I have only cleaned two of them.
Perhaps a dozen or so other machine struck coins have been cleaned, before I bought them.

Having said that, almost all ancient coins recovered from ground burial have been cleaned at some time in the past,
usually by professionals, before they have found their way into the collector market, or into museums.
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 Posted 05/12/2019  08:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In a nut shell ; Do not clean any coin unless you know what your doing . You might turn a $1,000 coin into a $100 coin in a matter of seconds .
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 Posted 05/12/2019  09:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just a note: cleaning a coin and conserving a coin is two different things.
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 Posted 05/12/2019  1:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dorado to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Just a note: cleaning a coin and conserving a coin is two different things.
John1 .


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 Posted 05/28/2019  4:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TinyRetreat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks folks ... enjoyed the article and got an idea of how to go about my own testing / experimenting / learning
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