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

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 Posted 01/25/2020  8:31 pm  Show Profile   Check paralyse's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
XF details, obverse has corrosion, but I would try a long soak in acetone followed by a long soak in Classic Coin Conditioner then using a very soft brush such as a camels hair type to clean the surfaces. I am doubtful that most of the gunk will be removable, even with conservation, because the coin appears to have long-standing environmental damage.

Value wise? I don't know, if I had to hazard a guess I'd say it's at most a $30 coin, maybe half that again more if it cleans up nice and doesn't have severe underlying damage. That's my opinion only.
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 Posted 01/25/2020  11:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mikev50 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
leave it alone---
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 Posted 01/25/2020  11:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KingFridayXIII to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When I find myself with grimy coins - Coin Community comes to me - Speaking words of wisdom - Let it be.
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 Posted 01/27/2020  05:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JoggingLiberty to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like this one as is.
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 Posted 01/27/2020  09:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ZenFE99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd agree with paralyse around $30'ish, definitely under $50 I'd say.
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 Posted 02/01/2020  3:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tches354 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This coin looks very similar to the 1858 Flying Eagle I have. Best advise is not to clean it. Could totally destroy the value of the coin.
This advice was given to me by a coin appraiser. But th en he said "do what you have to do to satisfy yourself"
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 Posted 02/02/2020  04:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Please, Please PLEASE
Do NOT clean your coin(s)!
Cleaning destroys value!
Honest dirty coins have more value than cleaned ones!
Please fight that inter-desire to have a shinny coin!
(We love coins here and want save as many coins as we can)

Please, we sincerely hope you'll stick around and learn more about care of your coins
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 Posted 02/02/2020  08:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Accept it for what it is, and cherish it. If you clean it, you will be this guy
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 Posted 02/02/2020  3:33 pm  Show Profile   Check paralyse's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paralyse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Please, Please PLEASE
Do NOT clean your coin(s)!
Cleaning destroys value!
Honest dirty coins have more value than cleaned ones!


There is a difference between conserving a coin (using safe methods to remove dirt, contaminants and other harmful items which will damage its surfaces) and cleaning a coin (using chemical or mechanical methods to alter the surface of the coin or the metal itself.)

Conserving a coin can in many cases not only prevent further damage, it can increase the value and protect the coin against future problems related to surface contaminants such as dirt, grease, fingerprint oils, smoke, and the like.

Cleaning a coin with the intent to "improve" its appearance -- whether that's a dip, scrub, wipe, or whiz -- alters the metal surface of the coin and removes originality.

Please don't conflate the two as they are very different processes with very different intentions. Regardless, conserving coins requires experience and care, and should not be attempted on anything you value greatly until you have learned the proper techniques, methods and substances involved.
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