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How To Separate 1936 Buffalo Nickel From Metal Money Clip?

 
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 Posted 05/17/2021  8:23 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Phantasm1970 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi! I've had this money clip since I was a kid, and now I am wondering if there is a safe way to remove the coin from the clip? I'm pretty sure it is superglued on-- don't see any welding or screws or anything of the like. Is there something I can soak it in to loosen the glue or anything? Thanks!



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 Posted 05/17/2021  8:27 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Soaking it in pure acetone (not fingernail polish) may free it if an adhesive was used.
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 Posted 05/17/2021  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@phan, if you are able to remove this nickel from the clip, you may find that the two sides have greatly different amounts of wear on them.
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 Posted 05/17/2021  9:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin is worth next to nothing removed from the clip. Leave it as is!
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 Posted 05/17/2021  9:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Likely it was 'affixed' a looooong time ago--before the dawn of super glue. Perhaps an epoxy was used. No harm if an acetone bath is pursued. Otherwise, might as well keep it as-is.
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 Posted 05/17/2021  10:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would keep it as it is. But acetone should do the trick.
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 Posted 05/18/2021  08:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If Acetone doesn't work in removing the coin you can always try a hammer and chisel .
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 Posted 05/18/2021  08:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Phantasm1970 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Too many options! I mean what if it is the elusive 3.5-legged D Buffalo? If it is truly worthless attached to the clip, I do not think I will ruin it in any manner by removing it from the clip. These are the hard decisions... not sure what to do now.
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 Posted 05/18/2021  08:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Could always have a team of enterprising 15 year olds take a crack at removing it.
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 Posted 05/18/2021  08:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Leave it as is.
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 Posted 05/18/2021  09:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A 1936 Buffalo nickel is rather common, regardless of which mint. I feel you have more to lose by tampering with it. Something you had since you were a kid? Not too easy to replace. I agree with those who say leave it be.
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 Posted 05/18/2021  09:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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If Acetone doesn't work in removing the coin you can always try a hammer and chisel

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All kidding aside, if you must remove it try pure acetone. When confirmed to not be a 3-1/2 legger re-attach and enjoy that keepsake.
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 Posted 05/18/2021  10:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fredcdobbs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Leave it as is.
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Why not use it as intended?
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 Posted 05/19/2021  02:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If acetone soaking doesn't remove it it is probably attached using a silver solder and it would not be worth trying to remove it because even if you did the coin would still have the solder on the reverse. You could then remove the solder with a nitric acid soak, but the acid would attack the coin as well so what's the point?
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