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 Posted 06/19/2022  10:16 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add dunkleosteus430 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
If there are buildups of dirt in a coin's reeds, would you scrape them out or clean them? How? I did it on my pocket piece Ike dollar, made it look better. I used a thumbtack, though.
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 Posted 06/19/2022  10:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
a wooden toothpick would have been much better and wouldn't damage the coin. (Don't let Jbuck know what you did to your Ike dollar)
If there is dirt or crud on a coin, an acetone soak followed by the toothpick treatment is far better than taking a metal instrument to it.
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 Posted 06/19/2022  11:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It all depends on what you mean by "dirt".

- Actual dirt, or other physical debris? Sure, scrape it off if you like. A coin that's built up that much dirt and debris is likely to already be heavily worn, so we're not talking about a high-grade rarity. But I would recommend using something made of wood or plastic, rather than metal - a rose-thorn-on-a-stick is a standard dirt-removal tool for ancient and mediaeval coins that are dug up out of the ground. Though frankly, for dirt, a good old soak in soapy water and a rinse in pure water is probably good enough to help.

- Oxidation and tarnish? DO NOT remove. This is part of the coin's "natural surface" now; cleaning it, especially on a worn coin, simply makes the coin look flat and un-natural.

- Corrosion by-products? It would be unusual for the edge of a coin to be corroded and the front and back faces to still be fine, but I have occasionally seen it. The coin is already "ruined" by corrosion; cleaning it isn't going to make things much worse.

As a general rule, people don't bother with cleaning the edge of a coin, because it's a lot of work for something that impacts the coin's appearance very little. Indeed, the standard recommendation when experimenting with coin cleaning is if you have a new solution or reagent you are testing on a coin, test it on the coin's edge first, because people care far less about funny staining on a coin when it's on the edge.
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 Posted 06/20/2022  10:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dunkleosteus430 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks. I agree that a metal tool wasn't the best option, and I just knew that somebody would say 'Acetone'. I've been carrying the coin around for a few months, and it's already got some nicks and dings. I'm trying to prevent that, but most of them will hopefully just get worn off. Despite my small number of posts, I am not totally inexperienced as I have been collecting for several years, although I wouldn't call myself an expert in any fields of numismatics.
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 Posted 06/20/2022  10:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Don't let Jbuck know what you did to your Ike dollar
Too late!

Dansco albums do a good job hiding the edges, for what that is worth.
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