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Old 10-06-2020, 09:32 PM
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Default 199 year old coin found at softball field.

Decided to go to a couple of local older ball fields yesterday afternoon, my dad has hunted these fields since the 80s finding tons of silver. He keeps telling me Iíll be lucky to find silver, so I thought Iíd try my luck after a good rain. He was right I didnít find any silver but I did find a toasted 1821 large cent. My question is there anything I can do to clean it better than I have? I just want to get more detail if possible. Thanks for any suggestions! Happy hunting all!

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Old 10-07-2020, 03:53 PM
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Large cent. Sick sick sick
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Old 10-08-2020, 11:22 AM
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Any more cleaning and you'll wipe out any remaining detail. With coins once it's gone it's gone. Congrats though nice find.

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Old 10-08-2020, 01:46 PM
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Thank you both. I couldnít believe it when I finally got a date. Itís still hard to see but I can definitely see 21 on it. Iíll be hunting the field again to see if there are any other goodies there!
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Old 10-09-2020, 11:51 AM
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You could try an olive oil soak.

But often with old coppers you're better off leaving the dirt on because it contrasts with the details and after cleaning you can't see the details anymore.

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Old 10-09-2020, 02:23 PM
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How long would you soak in olive oil? When it first came out of the ground it was green like an Indian. Couldnít see any detail at all thatís why I tried cleaning it. It is really thin so I assumed it had to be old.
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:28 PM
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No Liquid of any kind on old coppers.
These corrode and once the dirt is tooth picked off this is the best they get.

Nice one if you can gat a date.

I found an 1816 LC at a local ball field a few feet from the benches.
At a soccer field a got an 1850 Bank of Upper Canada half penny.

Both were farm fields a couple decades age and way back into the early 1700's so anything is possible.
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:32 PM
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Awesome find, congrats!

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Old 10-15-2020, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by waltr View post
No Liquid of any kind on old coppers.
These corrode and once the dirt is tooth picked off this is the best they get.

Nice one if you can gat a date.

I found an 1816 LC at a local ball field a few feet from the benches.
At a soccer field a got an 1850 Bank of Upper Canada half penny.

Both were farm fields a couple decades age and way back into the early 1700's so anything is possible.

Agree, no liquids. I had a few that were toasted and I tried a few different options from online posts. Everything made the coin almost black. Just dry it and toothpick it.
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by EmuDetector View post
Agree, no liquids. I had a few that were toasted and I tried a few different options from online posts. Everything made the coin almost black. Just dry it and toothpick it.
Yeah what he said. The olive oil thing in my experience only ruins copper coins.

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Soak it in Coca Cola for a day or two!
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