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Topic: Cleaning coins
Message: Posted by: Sean W. Burke (Apr 12, 2004 11:07PM)
I just recently purchase some Morgans for 8.50 a piece and was wondering what the best way to clean them was? I have already used toothpaste which cleaned them up pretty nice but was wondering if silver polish would work or if it would do any harm to the coins.

Message: Posted by: Full Effect (Apr 13, 2004 01:03AM)

Silver coins + silver cleaner=???

Do the math and do a search plenty of post about cleaning coins.

Coins are made of metal, only way you can damage your coins if you put them in acid or to a grinder.
Message: Posted by: ugdini13 (Apr 13, 2004 03:30AM)
Try some Tarn X...smells like crap but it works very well

Message: Posted by: Chris Keppel (Apr 27, 2004 04:39PM)
Yeah, that Tarn X does smell like 10 kinds of **** mixed together but it works wonders. I like to clean them. Let them dry and clean them again. After two straight cleanings they normally will stay that way for a while.
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Apr 27, 2004 04:41PM)
Vinegar and salt in a solution works wonders and keeps them clean for a long time.
Message: Posted by: Dawai (Apr 27, 2004 09:25PM)
You can use Mothers Mag wheel polish too. It work wonders. Or any mag wheel polish you can find (paste).
Message: Posted by: waveman (May 12, 2004 08:27PM)
Never Dull
You can find it in Wal Mart.
Shines the @#$% out of anything metal.

The problem is if your coins are soft, and they should be if they're morgans, when you clean all the black gunk off, the detail goes away. Then it looks like your doing tricks with shiny metal discs and not coins.
Message: Posted by: Red_Wing_II (May 13, 2004 09:22AM)
I have used a product called Kaboom by the makers of Oxyclean. Its bath, shower, and tile cleaner.
Message: Posted by: Chris "linkster" Watson (May 13, 2004 09:26AM)
Brown Sauce - Strangely if you get the stuff we have here in the UK it'll shine coins up a treat...wonder what it does to my stomach?
Message: Posted by: ChrisS (May 13, 2004 10:25AM)
A number of years ago I purchased a very expensive Greek coin from an antiquities dealer. I was told the only thing I should use is a wet paste made from baking soda and water; it is the most gentle cleansing you can do.

Mothers mag wheel polish, etc will make them very shiny but these polishes are abrasive and will, over time, remove detail from the coins.

...hope this helps!
Message: Posted by: davidmagic (May 13, 2004 05:46PM)
I agree with ChrisS. I use an ammonia-base cleaner that cleans off the oils, but does not damage the coin. If you have an older coin, too much Tarn-X polishing (this is polishing, not cleaning) will actually cause the coins to talk more easily. Just keep them clean and enjoy the old-world look.
Message: Posted by: MoonBeam (May 13, 2004 06:33PM)

Also of note is that polished coins are not quite as "sticky" as unpolished ones.
Message: Posted by: mikejorden (May 14, 2004 07:00AM)
I had some dirty silver coins. My daughter said she would clean them for me & came back 5 mins later with gleaming silver coins (just like Todd's). When I asked how she did it she said she used toothpaste & a tooth brush.
I still clean my coins that way.
Message: Posted by: Magix (May 14, 2004 07:33AM)
I use gun cleaner, good ol' Hoppes #9. Works well for me.
Message: Posted by: Mike Wild (May 14, 2004 01:42PM)
Coins that are collected and coins that are used as tools are two very different things, and require different types of care.

For magic, most of us want clean and fairly shiny silver coins, but not too shiny, as that would give them an unreal atypical appearance. Copper coins should look like, well... like copper coins, not shiny, dark, with a strong contrast to the silver coins. I use soap and water, or lemon juice on all my coins. The coppers need a day or two to "deshine" a little, but either method works very well. There are also substances out there that condition copper coins to give them a darker, more aged look. Coin dealers, and on-line supply houses carry them.

Coins that are collected are very different. If you even mention the words "clean" and "coins" in the same sentence, any serious collector will punch you right in the mouth. It's the coin collector's equivalent to blasphemy. To clean a coin is to ruin or severely lower its Numismatic value.

My local coin dealer groans in agony every time I walk in his shop... I'm a great customer, but he knows what I'm going to do with whatever coins I buy, and as a serious collector, it goes against his grain to sell them to me. He has no problem telling me how much he dislikes me some days either... :)


Message: Posted by: CoolMAgic4U (May 15, 2004 11:26AM)
Morgan coins will naturally shine up and look good from just using them. A couple of hours in your hands and they look almost as good as new.

I haven't "cleaned" my Morgans in over two years and they look GREAT! Just constant handling of them is all that is needed in my opinion.

If for some reason you want your copper coins...ie...english pennies to be shined up...try ketchup. It works like a charm.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (May 15, 2004 11:55AM)
What are folks doing with their coins that gets them so dirty they need cleaning?

Perhaps a trick where a marked coin is found inside an egg or omelet has gotten popular?

The silver coins I bought over twenty years ago are just fine, and have not been touched by polish or chemicals in twenty years. The few I carry around regularly have been put in the wash, in my jeans a few time. The rest... NOTHING. The coins purchased recently have been washed in my hands, using soap and water, then put into the wash.
Message: Posted by: CoolMAgic4U (May 15, 2004 03:39PM)
TOTALY AGREE Jonathan.....I think just regular use keeps them looking as good as new!
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (May 15, 2004 11:19PM)
Good old Heinz Ketchup or any brand works very nicely to clean coins. Just make sure you wash up for obvious reasons. Just put a little on the coins, work it in and rinse.
Message: Posted by: Eric Grossman (May 16, 2004 09:02AM)
As if you haven't already gotten enough feedback on this. A coin dealer told me to use vinegar and baking soda. I've used it and it keeps the coins looking great. It cleans most of the dirt and tarnish, but allows them to remain "old" looking.

Eric Grossman
Message: Posted by: RxGregory (May 16, 2004 09:31PM)
On 2004-05-15 12:55, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
What are folks doing with their coins that gets them so dirty they need cleaning?


I for one don't have a lot of cash to be spending on uncirculated coins. I like them to be shiny, but not TOO shiny. If I can find a Morgan for $8.00 that's dirty, I'll buy it and clean it up. You're right though, you only have to clean it once, and with regular use you'll never have to clean it again. Baking soda and vinegar/water for cleaning silver coins, and Taco Bell sauce/ ketchup for copper work great for me. I also agree with Mike NOT to tell a dealer you're going to be cleaning them. You can almost see the smoke coming out their ears when you do.
Message: Posted by: gerard1973 (Jul 18, 2004 09:28AM)
I use apple cider vinegar to clean my coins.

This is one of the main ingredients of ketchup, that some people use to clean coins. Buy the darker apple cider vinegar not the clearer type.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jul 19, 2004 05:40PM)
On 2004-05-14 08:33, Magix wrote:
I use gun cleaner, good ol' Hoppes #9. Works well for me.

Be careful with Hoppe's #9. While it is probably safe for silver coins, it is not good on copper. It will dissolve copper and brass. I'd avoid it on silver, too.
Message: Posted by: paulajayne (Jul 19, 2004 08:58PM)
Good ole Coke - the drinking kind - leave them in it overnight.

Et Voila