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Dan Magyari
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I've been working on several routines with English pennies over the years and some of my pennies have hit the streets, so to speak. Does anyone have any suggestions for smoothing out the rough edges that have developed on some of the pennies (without destroying the patina). Any and all thoughts would be much appreciated.

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Dan Magyari
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O.K.? Either someone is crafting a very careful essay on restoring English pennies or I've stumped the panel.

Let me change the question. How would you make scuffed, chipped and dented English pennies soft?

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Dan,
Would try jeweler's rouge or perhaps emery cloth. Could also take them to a jeweler and ask the jeweler to buff them out for you. The aged patina will come back with use after they are buffed up...

Just a thought.
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Dan Magyari
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Thanks TR, I'll give that a try.

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Fine file, small, plus an emery board which is for filing your nails, then steel wool. The other ideas given are good too. My emery cloth is very strong; takes off a lot quickly. Regards, Gregg
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I have had that problem with my soft silver coins. I rub a quarter over the dented edge to smooth it out. On a silver coin at least, you can't see anything and it smooths out nicely. Certainly worth a try on a penny.
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Is this about the rims or the faces (head/tail) of the coins?

Rims and edges survive smoothing using emery cloth but nicks and gouges in the faces need more care.
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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Great point Michael. I am a jeweler. Yes that is called burnishing. Reshaping and smoothing metal using other metal. We usually use tools, but it could be done with a harder coin. Try this with a small screwdriver, just rubbing it on the edge. Similar to a jewelers burnisher. The key is only to strongly rub it on the edge, not the face, where it would scratch it.
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I've been wondering the same thing for one of my silver coins. I will certainly try Dr. Rubinstein's and countrymaven's suggestions.
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