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On 2005-01-03 20:45, Werner G. Seitz wrote:
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On 2005-01-03 16:04, Rob Johnston wrote:
In that case...a salt and vinegar solution works wonders and lasts longer than the industrial chemicals.
That's for copper, NOT for silver!


Works on silver for me. Must have different vinengar in Denmark eh?
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On 2005-01-06 13:40, Rob Johnston wrote:

Works on silver for me. Must have different vinengar in Denmark eh?

Yeah, we also drink it Smile
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Werner, you can vary how much of the never dull you use.

If you just rub a few times and then wipe it off with a paper towel, you can to slightly clean up coins without polishing too much.

My current set of coins, I simply bought soft coins, washed them to get the dirt off, and never polished them. They retained the tarnish in the features.

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I am trying to get the "dark" look around the features.......looks nice to me.

It's just that I have a couple that look like they were found in a shipwreck or something, horrible staining.
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The brightest bright I have ever got a coin was from using my dremmel tool with the buffing insert. Some buffing sets will come with a very nice buffing compound. That is what I used, and my silver is still shining.

Some people don't like shiny coins, but I do.
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For close-up IMO coins must look as normal as possible and not be too shiny. You can mix Ammonia Water 10 % (pungent smell!) with water and leave a bit of the dark sulfides in the deep ridges. This gives the coin a nice used but not dull appearance.
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Rub a little baking soda and water on them with your fingers. Then wash them off with some HOT water and a little dish soap. And like Dan - the only time I ever polished my coins was to get them to match.
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On 2005-01-03 11:49, Willie wrote:
Hello Folks,
Just interested in what everyone thinks is the safest and most effective polish for your Morgans and your Silver Halves..........


Thanks for your Suggestions,
Willie Lewis




I use a dip solution sold at Wal Mart for about 3.00 to clean silver jewelry.
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Cheapest and nicest way to polish silver in general is to get a small pot filled halfway full of water and get it boiling.. then get a sheet of aluminum foil about 3/4 the size of the pot and sprinkle some baking soda on it..then place your silver coins or whatever on it and place it in the water. Waaaalaaaa!! silver is sparkling clean with no harsh chemicals. tell me how you like this method!!
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That works after the silver is smooth etc
When it needs to be polished... it needs polish.
When dirty, just soap and water works fine for me.
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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Ask the real coin collectors what they use to clean their valuable silver coins.
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On 2005-01-16 03:19, leko wrote:
Ask the real coin collectors what they use to clean their valuable silver coins.
And what do they use?
Your posting reminds me re a question asked an expert gambler how he dealt *seconds*..
His answer was: Just put the deck in your hands and deal.

That information is as good as the information you did provide.
A big thanx for explaining it so intensively...
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On 2005-01-16 03:19, leko wrote:
Ask the real coin collectors what they use to clean their valuable silver coins.


I don't think coin collectors would even consider cleaning their coins. Apparently it reduces the value.
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On 2005-01-16 03:19, leko wrote:
Ask the real coin collectors what they use to clean their valuable silver coins.


I don't think coin collectors would even consider cleaning their coins. Apparently it reduces the value.
Well, AFAIK they normally just use a soft piece of cloth..at least that was what Fred Lowe, the earlier english policemen, making gaffed coins. told me way back in the 1970's.
But a soft cloth doesn't remove the tarnish from a brand new Silverdollar, that has been stored wrongly...
Keeping it in a plastic-envelope will prevent the tarnish..
I know..I've had some for over 30 years stored that way..
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Werner,
Read my posts above. That method is from a coin collector. Have you tried it?
But maybe they have still other methods.
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@leko

It was my intetion to try your solution for a couple of days..and I will..

I was positive, I had some ammonia in the outhouse and 2 days back (weekend)I looked for it, but didn't find any.

So one of the next days, I'll buy some and mix the 10% solution myself.

Actually, the method you mention has my trust, I will try it out..

Did overlook that solution (ammonia) was posted by you, just reflected to your suggestion re how coincollectors do, with looking back Smile

Thanks for reminding me, I'll try it out, some tarnished coins have been laying right beside me for a couple of days, waiting for getting the treatment..

I dislike the high-polish stuff..
I've used it earlier in lack of better, but it didn't please me too much..
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Cola.....overnight. Your coins will be shiny and you'll think twice before drinking it after you see how clean the coins become. Kenno
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Another method is to place some aluminum foil into a container. Put in salt and baking soda. Add very hot (boiling) water. When you put your silver in, the chemical reaction will take off the tarnish, and leave you with good, clean silver. Your coins must touch the foil for this to work. I don't have the exact recipe, my father found it online over the holidays. We used it on a few things, and it worked extremely well, and extremely fast. Good luck.

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On 2005-01-17 02:44, leko wrote:
Werner,
Read my posts above. That method is from a coin collector. Have you tried it?
But maybe they have still other methods.

Well, now I've tried it..not very effective at all Smile
Unless maybe the coin have to be over night in the solution.

I had a brand new silver$ for almost 45 min. in the solution without too big results.
The dollar just had gotten a bit *yellow* not black and I wasn't satisfied with the result..
Polishing it afterwards with a soft cloth (dry) did clean it, but it also got a bit too blank.
I'm pretty sure, just polishing it without having been in the solution had given the same result..
I'll try to have another new Silver$ slightly yellow tarnished in that solution over night...maybe it helps, but so far I'm not impressed.
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It is my understanding that coin collectors NEVER polish coins. Polishing always involves remoing metal and reduces the value of the coin to a collector. Washing is a different story and can be done with care. I guess it depends on the look you are going for and how important maintaining the value of the coin is to you.
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