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pballwiz 05-27-2018 03:23 PM

Cleaning crusty Indian Head pennies
 
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I generally do not like to clean my finds other than using a toothpick and an old toothbrush. I've had mixed results with using peroxide, olive oil and other liquid agents when cleaning crusty Injuns.in some cases the coin actually ends up coming out worse than before I cleaned it.
Yesterday I found a real crusty one. I decided to take a different approach. Cleaned it up as best i could with toothpicks and then gave it a run down with 0000 steel wool. This "dry" method will be my go to technique for cleaning old copper. Your mileage may vary but I was extremely pleased by the results. Beautiful green patina left intact. I also sealed the coin in microcrystalline wax when I was finished to prevent further corrosion.Hard to believe the before and after pictures are of the same coin!

wozniak 06-06-2018 02:16 PM

Great Idea!
 
Thanks so much for that tip, I have been looking for many ways to clean my Indian Heads. I tried everything and this one has so far proved to be the most successful!!

Waveoff 06-06-2018 06:25 PM

Wow that's quite impressive! Thanks for the tip!

Jonesey89 06-10-2018 06:41 PM

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Thank you for sharing this. I've had this crusty large cent i found about a year ago. I could just barely make out the words one cent on the back. I didnt know how to bring out any detail, afraid that I might scrape off any detail that remained. Being as it was so far gone that it held zero value whatsoever, I tried this a little. I still can't get a date, but it brought the bust out enough that you can at least make out what it is. Cool tip!

Gauntlet 06-11-2018 08:12 PM

Try Elmers Glue sometime. Thick coat on 1 side of the penny, let it dry, peel it off. Lather, rinse, repeat.

RF1 06-13-2018 01:04 PM

For the heck of it, I took steel wool to a wheat penny that was in horrible shape and I could not read the date. Came out looking brand new and turned out to be a 1910 - my oldest wheat.

GroundSweeper 06-13-2018 02:18 PM

Thanks for the tip, I recently ruined an old wheat trying a hot hydrogen peroxide dip...

spenglure 06-13-2018 10:34 PM

Good tip. iíll Have to try this.

Bounder 06-14-2018 03:40 PM

I was told that you can put some ketchup in a baggie and drop a penny in it. Leave it overnight and the ketchup will turn black and the penny will be much cleaner. Try it on some real grody low value pennies and see what you think

wozniak 06-15-2018 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Bounder (Post 2963516)
I was told that you can put some ketchup in a baggie and drop a penny in it. Leave it overnight and the ketchup will turn black and the penny will be much cleaner. Try it on some real grody low value pennies and see what you think

Have you tried this with any of your coins? Curious to see how this works?

Bounder 06-15-2018 08:27 PM

cleaning pennies
 
I tried cleaning several pennies with ketchup and it does work to some extent. I think you don't want to leave them in there too many days though,The ketchup turns very black. It might soften the features of the coin.

wozniak 06-18-2018 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Bounder (Post 2964070)
I tried cleaning several pennies with ketchup and it does work to some extent. I think you don't want to leave them in there too many days though,The ketchup turns very black. It might soften the features of the coin.

What's the best way you recommend to clean coins?

WildDigger 06-20-2018 03:42 PM

Good tip for non key date coins. This is what those cleaning pencils actually are, nothing more then steel wool.

pballwiz 06-21-2018 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by wozniak (Post 2963906)
Have you tried this with any of your coins? Curious to see how this works?

Every copper coin I've cleaned with Hydrogen peroxide, Ketchup, Mustard, A-1 Steak Sauce, etc. left me regretting the attempt.

I do think it's very important to keep them away from moisture once they leave the ground.
I use a tiny bit of Renaissance Wax which is a microcrystalline wax to protect them before I put them in my finds box.

pballwiz 06-21-2018 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Jonesey89 (Post 2961870)
Thank you for sharing this. I've had this crusty large cent i found about a year ago. I could just barely make out the words one cent on the back. I didnt know how to bring out any detail, afraid that I might scrape off any detail that remained. Being as it was so far gone that it held zero value whatsoever, I tried this a little. I still can't get a date, but it brought the bust out enough that you can at least make out what it is. Cool tip!

It looks like it just left the mint now! :p


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