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Old 12-10-2013, 05:11 PM
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I get asked a lot about how I clean war nickels so I figured I would show how I clean them. Pictured is a war nickel that I found on Sunday that was incrusted in black stuff and then after it was cleaned. I soaked the war nickel in lemon juice for 24 hours. This can vary depending on how incrusted it is and the lemon juice will turn a greenish blue color. After 24 hours remove the war nickel and rub with a baking soda paste. If there is still black stuff on the nickel then put it in some fresh lemon juice and repeat the process.
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Hey cool tip! Thank you for sharing.

I found a war nickel and tried rubbing with baking soda, and soaked in lemon juice but not 24 hours worth of soaking. I'll give it another try when I get the chance.

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Lol I used drano on a super dirty IH the other day and to my suprise it came out great!

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Found my first war nickel 2 weeks ago. It is ugly. I tried my dremel with a brass brush and it is still ugly. I wiil try lemon juice but I think mine is just too far gone.

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Even quicker is wrap it in aluminum foil and then throw it in the lemon juice. Then rub with baking soda. Just best to do it outside.

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Originally Posted by Jamflicker View post
I get asked a lot about how I clean war nickels so I figured I would show how I clean them. Pictured is a war nickel that I found on Sunday that was incrusted in black stuff and then after it was cleaned. I soaked the war nickel in lemon juice for 24 hours. This can vary depending on how incrusted it is and the lemon juice will turn a greenish blue color. After 24 hours remove the war nickel and rub with a baking soda paste. If there is still black stuff on the nickel then put it in some fresh lemon juice and repeat the process.
I will try that tonight I had found 2 war nickels and they both were encrusted in black thanks. I also have an E Trac. They are awesome on coins!
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Originally Posted by Jamflicker View post
I get asked a lot about how I clean war nickels so I figured I would show how I clean them. Pictured is a war nickel that I found on Sunday that was incrusted in black stuff and then after it was cleaned. I soaked the war nickel in lemon juice for 24 hours. This can vary depending on how incrusted it is and the lemon juice will turn a greenish blue color. After 24 hours remove the war nickel and rub with a baking soda paste. If there is still black stuff on the nickel then put it in some fresh lemon juice and repeat the process.
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Originally Posted by matmit View post
Great tip!
I love it when 4 year old threads are revived
Same here. I almost forgot I made this post.

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Even if the original post is 4 years old, I am soooooo glad someone revived it!!

I tried this last night on one of my war nickels that had a few black spots on it and it came out looking great!

Thanks to all for this post with some great cleaning advice!!

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All nickels can be cleaned in the tumbler, they're tough and usually come out pretty good.

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