Friendly Metal Detecting Forums   Sunspot Scoops
List all sponsors

Go Back   Friendly Metal Detecting Forums > Everything About Finds > Cleaning Your Finds

Reply
  
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-25-2018, 03:45 PM
grinsebring's Avatar
grinsebring grinsebring is offline
Global Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Florida Highlands
Posts: 6,543
Default $292.25

That was the total of last years clad. I just finished up the cleaning and deposit
of the that total. I also had roughly 25 to 30 silvers which included rings and odds and ends. Gold was elusive, just a couple rings and religious items.

I tumbled everything removed a couple quarters and dimes that were bent. Discarded nearly 80 pennies that were pitted, bumpy, bent or anything else that had the potential of jamming the coin counter. You see I run them through MY banks machine. The last thing I want is the hairy eyeball from
the people who know me.

Today when I ran through the last of my change I fished the reject tray and got back 81 cents and a hand full of dirt. There was two dimes a nickel and a quarter that were surely in an altercation with a lawnmower. The pennies in the tray still had a dirt crust on them.

I see folks running junk like that through someone else's expensive machinery on a par with leaving trash next to open holes on a soccer field.

Rants over, This is how I clean coins. Step one sort the pennies out of the clad. I run each denomination separate.

Some people use vinegar and dishwasher soap. I don't care much for the suds when I open the tumbler. I use citric acid to do the job. Citric acid in lemon juice that is. It's nearly double that of vinegar so be careful.

One cup of coins a forth cup lemon juice and a half jigger of simple green or a similar product is optional. Tumble no longer than 15 minutes, beyond that copper could leach from the dimes and quarters. Rinse twice with fresh water and spread them out to dry. I f you leave them stacked in piles they will get spotty, but still clean. You might get a couple really stubborn coin that need a second tumble with the next batch. But, all and all they will be clean.

Pennies same way but 10 to 15 minutes in just lemon juice, no soap. Rinse them really good and they will be ready for the bank. Just be sure you get out all duds. I straighten the bent coins on the anvil and spend them when I need change with a purchase. The pennies, I throw away.

Finding a couple silver coins after cleaning is the same rush as digging one up.

A couple before and after shots.
Attached Images
          

__________________
Never send a ferret to do the work of a weasel.

Reply With Quote


4 members found this post helpful.
  #2  
Old 05-25-2018, 10:40 PM
PaleoCris's Avatar
PaleoCris PaleoCris is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Florida
Posts: 23
Default

Yep, that's very impressive. If you had to guess, how many coins do you think that is in total? One thing is for sure: that's a ton of holes dug!
Reply With Quote


  #3  
Old 05-26-2018, 10:56 AM
DirtyRob's Avatar
DirtyRob DirtyRob is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Northwest Indiana
Posts: 8,644
Default

What's a "half jigger" amount?

Not sure if that makes me old or not old enough???

__________________
Career-21133 coins-$1299.70/42-Silver Coins/238-Wheats/37-.925 BLING/8-Gold BLING/10-IH/3-Buf 1-Shield
2018 Totals-150-coins-$7.92 /0-.925 Jewelry/4-Wheats/0-GOLD/2-SILVER COINS/0-IH/0-Buff/V-1

Reply With Quote


  #4  
Old 05-26-2018, 11:19 AM
modeltguy modeltguy is offline
Full Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 127
Default

Those bent coins flatten right out in my 20 ton press!!
Reply With Quote


  #5  
Old 05-26-2018, 12:01 PM
SeabeeRon's Avatar
SeabeeRon SeabeeRon is offline
"Can Do" Moderator
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Santa Cruz, CA.
Posts: 21,956
Default

Good clad year Gil!

I think I will add this to our Forum 2017 Clad Totals thread!

__________________
SeabeeRon-On the beach in Santa Cruz,CA.
Sov GT, White's MXT & Surf PI Pro,BH Land Ranger

Reply With Quote


  #6  
Old 05-26-2018, 05:51 PM
Saoirse's Avatar
Saoirse Saoirse is offline
Supporter
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 640
Default

They cleaned up nicely!

__________________
AT Pro | Nokta Impact

Reply With Quote


  #7  
Old 05-26-2018, 06:52 PM
grinsebring's Avatar
grinsebring grinsebring is offline
Global Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Florida Highlands
Posts: 6,543
Default 1/2jigger

QUOTE=DirtyRob;2955001]What's a "half jigger" amount?

1/2 shot glass/ splash/ a little bit /not much....Maybe just skip the detergent.

__________________
Never send a ferret to do the work of a weasel.

Reply With Quote


  #8  
Old 06-02-2018, 08:50 PM
pryan67's Avatar
pryan67 pryan67 is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 1,171
Default

Thanks for this information...I've used dish soap and aquarium gravel, and it cleans most of the crud off, but yours look MUCH better

__________________
Fisher F2, ACE 250, Garrett Pro-Pointer, Gator digger., PP-AT, and an AT-Pro

Reply With Quote


  #9  
Old 06-03-2018, 04:09 AM
sandgroper's Avatar
sandgroper sandgroper is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Western Australia
Posts: 3,472
Default

That's a lot of coins! All the best for this year

__________________

Detectors: CTX 3030, X-Terra70, Pro-Find 25 Oldest Coin: 1866 English Penny
2018 totals: $1674.54AUD (599x$2, 314x$1, 95x50c, 253x20c, 323x10c, 427x5c, 309x2c, 461x1c) and 185 foreign, collectable or older Australian/English (pre-decimal) coins.
"Swing till your ears ring!"
Reply With Quote


  #10  
Old 06-05-2018, 04:07 PM
beephead's Avatar
beephead beephead is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Germantown, TN
Posts: 3,813
Default

I do basically the same thing except I use ammonia instead of lemon juice. It's a lot cheaper and stronger than lemon juice. I get Basic ammonia at Walmart for around a buck. It goes a long ways.

beephead

__________________
CTX 3030 * Omega V6 * MXT Pro * F75LTD-2 * Modded Tesoro Cibola * XP Deus * Tesoro Mojave * Deeptech Smart Plus * Makro MF Kruzer

Reply With Quote


  #11  
Old 06-06-2018, 11:28 AM
Mikey48's Avatar
Mikey48 Mikey48 is offline
Supporter
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Michigan
Posts: 453
Default

Originally Posted by beephead View post
I do basically the same thing except I use ammonia instead of lemon juice. It's a lot cheaper and stronger than lemon juice. I get Basic ammonia at Walmart for around a buck. It goes a long ways.

beephead
Lemon juice is acidic and Ammonia is basic: so the opposite sides of ph scale.
Ammonia will clean but leave some of the patina and lemon juice strips the patina very quickly.
Reply With Quote


1 members found this post helpful.
  #12  
Old 06-07-2018, 01:13 PM
Wolf-Dog's Avatar
Wolf-Dog Wolf-Dog is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: United States of America
Posts: 656
Smile

Congrats on all that clad, amazing! Even more amazing is all the silver you didn't realize you had, there was even a Barber!

Imagine if you hadn't tumbled them ... you would've accidentally spent 7 silver coins. In melt value alone they currently total $12.16 - that's just over 12 times their face value!

__________________

Matthew 6:19-21
2018 Clad: 152 Coins ($10.40) ~ Totals: 400 Clad Coins ($26.15) ~ 1 Pre-Clad Coin ($0.01)
2 Foreign Coins ($0.06) ~ Oldest Coin: 1945 Wheatie ~ Au: 0 ~ Ag: 0
Harbor Freight 9 Function ~ Bounty Hunter Junior ~ Cen-Tech Pinpointer
Reply With Quote


Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.