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What To Do With Damaged Lincoln 1914-D And 1931-S?

 
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 Posted 12/07/2019  1:00 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add wmjanv to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Novice here - I've been sorting through a large set of Lincoln cents my grandfather collected. I found these two coins in a cup along with some other heavily circulated pre-1930 Lincoln cents. I realize they have little value in this condition but I want to keep them as part of completing a set, my question is what if anything should I do before putting them in a flip? I have done acetone and/or distilled water rinses in some cases but wasn't sure what the best approach is here. Thanks in advance.



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 Posted 12/07/2019  2:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Giwalsh to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd try Verdi Care,that 31 S isn't that bad.
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 Posted 12/07/2019  2:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There's really nothing you can do to save these coins . The 14-D is toast ,the 31-S has corrosion spots and some other damage . When a copper coin starts corroding as badly as your 31-S , it's a goner .
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 Posted 12/07/2019  3:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree that Verdi-Care will likely improve the '31-S.



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 Posted 12/07/2019  7:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KenKat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Acetone on the 14-D and see how it turns out. It's still a 14-D and will fill a hole in a circulated set.

The Verdi-Care will likely remove the green verdigris in "In God We Trust" and probably clean up the reverse as well. It was developed by a forum member and Lincoln expert and has worked well on a few of my coins.
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 Posted 12/07/2019  10:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add wmjanv to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone! I'll give it a try.

As a side note my grandfather had a complete book of Lincolns up to 1947. I've already sent the 1909-SVDB and 1914-D off for grading, so this one was just to not have an empty slot in the binder.
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 Posted 12/07/2019  11:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ty88ty2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What to do with them? I mean you could give them to me. I'll take those off your hands!

I agree with VerdiCare on the 31S. You might be able to save it, or at least not allow it to get worse.
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 Posted 12/08/2019  09:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Verdi-Care is a great product but it works on Verdigris not green corrosion which I believe the 31-S is suffering with .
Don't get me wrong it will lighten the green up a little ( try a soak ) but will not remove it 100% . A keeper for sure but a detailed coin .
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 Posted 12/08/2019  8:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just hold on to them as is an celebrate they were your Grandfather's coins. Not all coins need to look bright and shiny, especially ones your Grandfather owned.
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 Posted 12/09/2019  4:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Just hold on to them as is an celebrate they were your Grandfather's coins. Not all coins need to look bright and shiny, especially ones your Grandfather owned.
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 Posted 12/09/2019  10:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First, the good news, from the minimal information given, the coins both appear to be genuine. :)

DON'T TRY ANYTHING ON THESE COINS. These are key date coins and you'll only make things worse.

If you truly want to save them, leave the conservation to an expert or a professional (PCGS/NGC). The #1 mistake made by new collectors is to completely ruin their coins by attempting to "clean them up a little". This is ESPECIALLY CRITICAL with key date coins. A heavily cleaned coin is worth LESS to me than a corroded one....just MHO.

Keep the coins or sell them, it doesn't matter..... I would rinse them with distilled water, then acetone to dry them and go right into Airtite holders. This will "freeze" the corrosion process pretty well until you figure out a rational plan for conservation or to just leave them as is. GOOD LUCK!
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