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Is Toluene Safe For Coins?

 
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 Posted 04/05/2020  8:38 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a coin with what I believe is wax stuck to the front of it, and acetone doesn't seem to be doing the job. I read on the chemistry stack exchange page that either toluene or xylene might work. Are either of these safe for coins?

Edit: seeing also that vegetable oil could work?
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04/05/2020 8:40 pm
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 Posted 04/05/2020  8:44 pm  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If it IS WAX just heat the coin up a little bit should come right off
Then acetone .
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 Posted 04/05/2020  8:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How would you recommend heating it so as to avoid damaging the coin, Pacific?
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 Posted 04/05/2020  8:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes. Toluene is safe. Or mineral spirits.
Yes also to vegetable oil as a second choice.

Could even try a soak in Goop or GooGone if you've got some around.
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04/05/2020 8:50 pm
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 Posted 04/05/2020  8:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin in question

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 Posted 04/05/2020  9:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OK, but where is the front that has the wax?
I would worry that anything removed from that coin would make it look worse.
Just my opinion, but maybe others here have had success and can advise.

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04/05/2020 9:20 pm
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 Posted 04/05/2020  9:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Unless I'm mistaken, the wax is all the darker brown stuff on the coin, td. It's on both sides. My bad, I see I wrote "on the front" in the post description, but yeah, both sides.
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 Posted 04/05/2020  9:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@sc, a couple thoughts for you, since you are asking for advice. First, if the other side of this Half Cent looks much the same, then I wouldn't touch this coin with anything--I'd just leave it be and keep the surfaces as original as possible. Second, you definitely should be flattening the staples on your 2x2s. Left proud like they are now, they might scratch adjacent coins while you are storing them and you definitely want to avoid that.
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 Posted 04/05/2020  10:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Spence, a lot of people have said that on here when I've posted coins, and I'm slowly going through and doing it, but it's not really a high priority since I store them all in slide boxes that keep the flips about half a centimeter apart anyway.
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 Posted 04/06/2020  08:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If it's wax that's on that coin I would try soaking it in hot distilled water for a few minutes just until the wax softens up , then see if you can peal it off of the coin .
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 Posted 04/06/2020  10:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Toluene is safe but really smells and is harder to get than xylene and xylene doesn't smell anywhere near as bad.
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 Posted 04/07/2020  3:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
An Arc Welders Torch would melt any wax on that coin. However, after that it would be difficult to find the coin.
If it is really wax, placing it in boiling hot water also might get rid of that wax.
Yet the problem may well be it is not wax at all. And if not, such attempts may well ruin that coin completely.
Best let sleeping dogs lie.
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 Posted 04/07/2020  3:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bud250r to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like the way the coin looks as it is.
I would leave it alone.
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