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My Filthy Franklin Half Dollars

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 Posted 01/05/2021  06:41 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Mike33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello

I'd like to make these more presentable.

Would acetone clean these up? Or something else to get rid of the black nastiness?


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 Posted 01/05/2021  07:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All quite worn. Bell lines gone.
Due to the lower grade, a cleaning won't add any value, but won't loose any value, either.

At least, there is no risk. Nothing wrong with making them more presentable in this case, if you wish.

If they were mine, I would just throw them in my 90% silver stash.
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 Posted 01/05/2021  07:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF. What is your end goal with them? Rule one is never clean coins,it lowers any potential premium.
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 Posted 01/05/2021  07:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You could dip them in a Silver dip and it will more than likely do away with all the black spots but why bother unless you just want to see them super clean . They are worn common dates and mints Like sel_691 says either way they belong in the junk Silver box , unless you want to put together a circulated Franklin half set ,then forget about the dip .
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 Posted 01/05/2021  07:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mike33 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I just want them to look better. No plan to sell or scrap. I don't have a lot of silver coins and they'd look better without all the black stuff on them

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 Posted 01/05/2021  08:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add yotie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
put em in your pocket for a couple of days is an option

ps I didnt say it was a good option.
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 Posted 01/05/2021  08:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
e-Z-est coin dip. If that doesn't do it just polish them.
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 Posted 01/05/2021  09:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I hate to suggest dipping, but I guess it will improve the appearance.



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 Posted 01/05/2021  09:49 am  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The two D mints are just ugly circulated coins ,
and not much is going to help them .
1961 Philly looks like it is fairly lustrous
under all that goo, at least on my desk top .
Soak it in a small amount Sudsy Ammonia
in a glass or ceramic container ,
do not RUB , WIPE or Polish the Coin.
After about an hour in the Ammonia wash it off with distilled water
if you have it or warm tap water .
Show us a picture or two afterwards .
You are not going to damage anything .
If you don't have Sudsy ammonia, just use Windex .
No need to spend money on Coin Dip .
Have fun experimenting!
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 Posted 01/05/2021  11:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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e-Z-est coin dip.

Not a dipper myself, but e-Z-est is probably the best stuff to use on silver coins. Sudsy Ammonia or Windex might even be a much better suggestion above. Never did that.
I've done what you want to do though.
Dip is the key word, and it might improve the appearance more to your liking. A soaking or rubbing the stuff into a coin will result in an obvious disaster.
These are not ugly to me. Never met a Franklin I didn't like except a poorly polished, damaged, scratched or over dipped coin.
All yours are common dates.
Try dipping the ugliest one first with the most wear in e-Z-est at the sink. Rinse it immediately under the running water, then pat dry with a paper towel or cotton cloth.
If some of the ugly remains, it might be best to settle for that. You'll see.
I know you're gonna dip it again.
You won't be able to help yourself. LOL
You'll have "dipped" coins now.
Do not dip important coins. You'll end up with significant loss in value.
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 Posted 01/05/2021  12:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slider23 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Below is an example of a dipped Franklin in eZest. This coin came out of my silver stacking stash. The common date has some rim dings. I dipped the coin in eZest about 10 seconds and rinsed in distilled water. The eZest will remove the dark toning. You can see the coin before and after the dip in eZest. I prefer coins original and not messed with, but once in a while I find something in AU or MS that will benefit from being dipped. eZest is an acid and you should not put your fingers in the liquid.



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 Posted 01/05/2021  1:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MOS0239 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My suggestion..............Don't touch them, leave them as is.
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 Posted 01/05/2021  1:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Carry them in your pocket and give them back their natural circulated shine.
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 Posted 01/07/2021  6:18 pm  Show Profile   Check Lancek's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Lancek to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think worn coins that look too shiny look odd. How did they get all that wear and stay silver? Obviously dipped. If you dip, I suggest multiple shorter dips. And mix dip 50/50 with distilled water. Take a look after each dip. You may get to point where you have removed a lot of the ugliness without all of the natural toning.

A 10 minute soak in between in acetone might also help. Some of that stuff might be gunk or tar rather than just toning.
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 Posted 01/07/2021  8:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NDBirdman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OMG! More than one of y'all suggested dipping them? What, y'all trying to give me heart failure by suggesting dipping, after so many of y'all have chastized me for saying that? LOL I'd dip them or just throw them in my silver pile. There are soo many inexpensive MS65 and up out there it's not worth messing with cleaning them, that is. I have a complete set of Franklins in mid-hi MS, only a couple cost me much $$. I do love the franklins!
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 Posted 01/08/2021  12:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It doesn't really matter in terms of value
what you do with silver value only coins,
the silver value will remain.

Do nothing is the easiest, and just become a 90% silver stasher. I have about 1/2 kilogram of such coins.
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