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1858 Flying Eagle Cent!! To Clean Or Not To Clean (Please Help!)

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 Posted 01/24/2020  02:15 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CoinHunter00 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all,

Ive recently came into possession of a Flying Eagle penny (1858) that has, I believe, very FINE details but its just so.......dirty.

Can anyone advise me with what they think is the best thing to do? obviously I want there to be an appeal (I am currently eh about how it is so grimy looking) to the coin but I also don't want to lower its value. Please help!

Thank you for your time!!

CH

Btw... this has been my dream coin for a while now! This is the first one I have ever gotten so I am excited




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 Posted 01/24/2020  04:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can understand the reason for the question.
Quite grotty because it appears to be not much different from a brown / black disk.
Nevertheless, almost everybody will say:-
"Don't clean this coin!!"

If still tempted, try VeriCare.

If you are still really serious and anxious about this coin, research all the Google sites relating to:-
'Restoration of ancient bronze coins',
you may find a method here,
BUT there are always risks, and you could end up doing much more harm than good.

The restoration of ancient bronze coin is always lottery, but there is more upside than downside, otherwise museums would not attempt to do so.
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 Posted 01/24/2020  05:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your title is wrong,it is a 1858 not 1885. Please crop and rotate photos properly before posting in the future...thanks.
Before you try to clean it wait for a bunch more replies.
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 Posted 01/24/2020  05:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I also don't want to lower its value.


Then don't clean it. I'd leave this one "as-is". grimy = well-loved!
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 Posted 01/24/2020  07:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The only form of cleaning would be with Acetone. You might want to use the Search tab on this forum for Acetone, coin cleaning, etc. Cleaning coins is usually not a good thing. Best leave old coins alone.
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 Posted 01/24/2020  09:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree with Carl - little can be done at this point to help this coin. Leave well enough alone.



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 Posted 01/24/2020  09:53 am  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin has severe environmental damage , probably a ground dig at one time .
Don't bother messing with it . Beyond conservation!
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 Posted 01/24/2020  10:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Your title is wrong,it is a 1858 not 1885
Fixed.
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 Posted 01/24/2020  11:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Forget about any attempted cleaning of this coin . When you clean copper and bronze coins you have virtually signed their death certificate . Just leave this coin be until you can upgrade to a better one .
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 Posted 01/24/2020  12:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jafo50 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Leave it in its current condition without cleaning it. It's a 162 year old coin and you should appreciate it for what it is.

Keep in mind that it's your 'dream coin' and you don't want to make it any worse by cleaning it.
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 Posted 01/24/2020  8:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DoctorBurnzy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
speaking words of wisdom...Let it be...Let it be....
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 Posted 01/24/2020  8:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fredcdobbs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just make sure you use a very fine wire brush on your bench grinder when you destroy your coins.
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 Posted 01/24/2020  8:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a little snarky for here on CCF @fcd. Better is to be nice to folks who are new here.
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speaking words of wisdom...Let it be...Let it be...


LOL my boss blasts this song once a day.


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That is a little snarky for here on CCF @fcd. Better is to be nice to folks who are new here.


Agreed. Poor taste.
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That is a little snarky for here on CCF @fcd. Better is to be nice to folks who are new here.

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 Posted 01/25/2020  7:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinHunter00 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, thanks for all the replies (and the sass). As of now I am not sure if I want to keep it because a part of me feels like I paid more for it than its worth. If you guys were to give a value, how much do you think it sold for? I am very undecided.
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