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Topic: English Penny tarnish question
Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Jun 11, 2009 08:02PM)
So my hopping half went through the wash. It was in a bag, which saved if from being bent up.

However, the two English Penny ['s have a different color to them. It is a dark blue/green (more bluish).

I haven't tried polishing them yet, but wanted to run it by you guys before.

So I know that is probably as clear as can be... but if one of you had this heppen, you might know what I am trying to describe!


Message: Posted by: funsway (Jun 11, 2009 08:29PM)
Normal copper cleaner like Brasso should work. If too tarnished try ZUD or Bartender's helper first as they contain oxolic acid -- then the Brasso.
Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Jun 11, 2009 08:40PM)
Brasso worked great. Just didn't know if it was something Brasso would take care of, but did the trick.


Message: Posted by: lorenwade (Jun 11, 2009 09:18PM)
I use Tarnex, cleans most metals right up... and it's super cheap.
Message: Posted by: k13pt0maniac (Jun 11, 2009 10:18PM)
I bought 2 dozen english pennies on ebay last week when I got them I cleaned em up with a cheap tooth brush and some tooth paste .. the get really shiny and get a pinkish color to them .. its been about a week now and after handling them a little bit and leaving them out in the open they are getting a nice brown color.. any one know how to speed up the change in color after cleaning them up like this? would that ZUD or Bartender's helper do the trick?

Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Jun 11, 2009 11:02PM)
Another great cleaner for coins is Weiman Metal Polish. I have used them all and this one does a great job!
Message: Posted by: funsway (Jun 12, 2009 03:07AM)
On 2009-06-11 23:18, k13pt0maniac wrote:
would that ZUD or Bartender's helper do the trick?
no - it will make them pinker faster, but does allow a number of coins to 'age' the same color without discoloration marks. While you are at it, clean all the lime stains, etc. off of your sink fixtures. Also, never use steel wool or rough scouring pads with this stuff. Zud is better but often hard to find -- illegal in some States (because it works??)
Message: Posted by: dsalley13 (Jun 12, 2009 10:12AM)
Try a jewelry polishing cloth. You can get them at most jewelry stores. They are gentle on the items you need to maintain and very gentle on your hands. No powdery residue or stink, either. I keep one in my coin kit and one in my gig box.

These are usually 2 sheets of material that are sewn together. The interior sheet is impregnated with a polishing compound and the outer sheet is just plain felt-like material for quick polishing.

No water needed and there is no clean up whatsoever.

Here's one brand (there are many):



and here's another:



When they get real black and icky looking, toss them and get new ones. I've been using the same ones for 10 years and they are about 1/2 used up now.