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1891 Indian Head Penny Cent Should I Use Acetone To Clean

 
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 Posted 05/22/2019  8:25 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Believe7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello guys, I'm considering weather to clean this coin, but I'm skeptical. Is Acetone ok.
Thanks in advance.

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 Posted 05/22/2019  8:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Acetone is always a safe bet. What is it that bothers you on this coin? Can you show it in true color?
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 Posted 05/22/2019  10:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Acetone will do nothing to benefit your coin . And don't use anything else on it. As mentioned it would be beneficial to all to see the true color of this coin .
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 Posted 05/22/2019  10:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Believe7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hello, More images. thanks

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 Posted 05/22/2019  11:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't see much dirt or grime on your cent that acetone would remove,however a 2 to 3 minute soak won't hurt,just rinse with distilled water after..IMO
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 Posted 05/23/2019  02:58 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Acetone won't do anything for your coin. It's fine as it is.
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 Posted 05/23/2019  04:34 am  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Don't see any need for acetone, it only removes organic materials, if the coin feels greasy or has an oily sheen to it then it's a good idea. You certainly aren't going to hurt by experimenting with a low value coin. A short soak won't affect the color. I would NEVER rinse a coin with distilled water as that can leave moisture spots or moisture in tiny crevices that could do real harm down the road, unlikely but still. acetone will completely evaporate normally within a minute or so. Use it outdoors or at an air extractor booth only. try not to get acetone on your skin as it is known to be carcinogenic.

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 Posted 05/23/2019  05:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Acetone is always a safe bet.

I have to respectfully disagree. I have used it on a few copper cents where it turned it a whitish color.
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I have to respectfully disagree. I have used it on a few copper cents where it turned it a whitish color.
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John , are you sure that was Acetone and not Bleach ?
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 Posted 05/23/2019  08:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Now that you mention it...but no it was the same acetone I have been using for years.
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 Posted 05/23/2019  08:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Must admit I've never heard of that before!
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 Posted 05/23/2019  11:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Neither have I and I've been using 100% acetone for years on copper cents with no problems .
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 Posted 05/23/2019  3:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Whatever that was on the coin stayed there and turned whitish?
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 Posted 05/23/2019  6:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If the acetone was pure, I wonder if it might have been something that leached out of the container you used?
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 Posted 05/23/2019  6:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add llewellin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To John's experience, most likely the deposit was already there, which could have been some oxide or material that was saturated with oil and grease. The acetone remove the oil from the deposit, which can cause changes in appearance to white. It's related to increasing the variation in refractive index in the deposit by removal of entrained oils.
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 Posted 05/23/2019  8:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Believe7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all, very helpful inputs.
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