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Old 07-17-2019, 12:53 AM
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Default Cleaning crusty walker half

I found a walker half dollar in some very moist dirt near a lake. Itís probably been in such circumstances for almost 100 years, and thatís taken a toll on the coin. You canít even see the date right now. I was wondering if anyone knows a way to clean it up somehow, and make it so i could see the details clearly. I donít mind if it loses the few shiny parts, as long as it gets to where i can view the details and possibly read the date. Thank you.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:49 PM
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Nice find!

Try electrolysis, either the simpler kind with aluminum foil and baking soda or the stronger type with electrodes.

Just don't use any rubbing or abrasives.

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Old 07-19-2019, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by NMsilver View post
Nice find!

Try electrolysis, either the simpler kind with aluminum foil and baking soda or the stronger type with electrodes.

Just don't use any rubbing or abrasives.
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Besure to post the before and after photos. We all enjoy seeing quality work.
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:36 AM
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I found a walker 9Ē down on a saltwater beach that looked similar to yours. I did the tin foil baking soda method. The coin was so far gone the reeding wasnít there but I did get a date off of it ( my son says he can see it) and you can tell what it is. Iím thinking yours will clean up better because of the fresh water. Whatever you try, post before and after photos and good luck!!

I have before and after photos of mine over on treasurenet.com, Iíll put up a link if youíre interested.

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Do the hot water, tin foil (shiny side up), baking soda method. Over and over again.

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Mine had iron fused to one side. I carefully wirewheeled it and picked at it with wood.
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