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W.F. Lewis
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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
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On 2005-01-03 11:49, Willie wrote:
Just interested in what everyone thinks is the safest and most effective polish for your Morgans and your silver halves.


So am I, I mean interested.
Thing is, brand new f.ex. Morgans or also silver halves, that came in a plastic bag have a very nice, a bit dull, look and when they get polished for some reason or after extensive use got a bit too dark like silver normally does. The original, a bit dull/mat surface will get blank and not nearly as nice as it was when the coins where brandnew.
Unfortunately I suppose there is no solution one can polish them, but then they get very 'blank/shiny', no matter which polish is used. Smile

Some say one could use ashes from cigarettes or cigars, others recommend a solution as outlined at:
http://utut.essortment.com/howtocleanpol_rkvl.htm
But I suppose I haven't tried it out, the result will also be a far too blank surface. Smile
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I throw my coins in a jeans pocket->washing machine+dryer, or just wash them in my hands using soap and water. Some coins, first time around may need some actual polishing. For that I use Gorham's Silver Polish and an old towel or tee shirt that will get trashed.
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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The best I've ever tried is toothpaste. that's right, try it yourself.

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I have to agree with the tooth paste. And if you look real close you can see the bust smile.

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On 2005-01-03 13:09, Hank Miller wrote:
I have to agree with the tooth paste. And if you look real close you can see the bust smile.

-H
When 'they' smile at you, they're polsihed too much Smile
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I've always been a big fan of NEVR-DULL. Been using it for years.

http://www.nevrdull.com/

cheers...

......curt
W.F. Lewis
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Thanks so much!!!

Just waiting on Dan Watkins to chime in. Smile
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Roth taught me that the best way to keep your coins shining, is to handle them constantly.
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On 2005-01-03 14:52, Rob Johnston wrote:
Roth taught me that the best way to keep your coins shining, is to handle them constantly.



Yeah, that's what the Link Werner offered says....
I just got these and they need that initial polish.
I guess I will start with some of the polish that was reccomended.
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In that case...a salt and vinegar solution works wonders and lasts longer than the industrial chemicals.
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In that case...a salt and vinegar solution works wonders and lasts longer than the industrial chemicals.
That's for copper, NOT for silver!
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Werner,
This is from the link you provided....=)

"CORROSION caused by food or salt can be removed by soaking silver in a mixture of hot vinegar and salt for up to 5-minutes at a time. Use two cups of vinegar for every tablespoon of salt. Rinse. Dry well. "
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Cigar ashes for a fine powder polish. Use a damp cloth. Don't use your fingers though it's tempting. Cigarette ashes work too but not as fine as cigar ash. Try it. I learned it from my granddad. You will be amazed.

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Wright's Silver Cream. Can't be beat.
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Use Ammonia Water 10 % (druggist) and apply with an old hanky, it removes only the dark sulfides and doesn't attack the silver.
DON'T use cleaners or polishes as most contain abrasives which remove a tiny amount of silver and give the coin a too shiny, glistening surface.
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Werner,
This is from the link you provided....=)

"CORROSION caused by food or salt can be removed by soaking silver in a mixture of hot vinegar and salt for up to 5-minutes at a time. Use two cups of vinegar for every tablespoon of salt. Rinse. Dry well. "
Hmm, strange, that 'prescription' actually originally was for copper and the vinegar wasn't supposed to be hot.

I've tried it solely on copper, where it worked very well, but some others said it wasn't good for silver..anyway, the latest tip here mentioned re using a solution of
useing Ammonia Water 10 % sounds good, because there is mentionmed this doesn't 'polish' but just removes the dark sulfate..so I suppose this is good for brand 'new' silvercoins that not yet have been polsished, just good a bit dark..

I haven't tried it out but it's worth to try..anybody fast enough to have a go and let us know??..will take a little while before I will have a go.. Smile
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The only time I have ever polished my coins are to try to get them to match. Once accomplished, I let them wear normally.

I used something called "Never Dull" which is in a can. It is some type of fluffy fiber (cotton maybe) impregnated with a silver polish. You rip off a piece of the fluffy material and rub it on the coins to shine them up.
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Thanks Dan!!!


=)
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@Dan,
I think *never dull* has been mentioned before in this thread together with a link:
http://www.nevrdull.com/

My immediate thoughts re this are, that this fluffy fiber thing is too hard a polish and will get -no doubt- the coin very blank..

Would be great to have/find a solution that keeps brand new coins in the state (re surfaceappearance) even after they got tarnished, by simply removing the tarnish without polishing the coin too blank..

Brand new Silver$s aren't 'blank' but have a slightly mat/dull appearance, which I -for one- actually prefer before a really blankpolished one..

So when starting to use brand new coins and after they wheren't used for some time and got tarnished and that tarnish could get removed and the coins would then be in their origional state, THAT would be great Smile
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