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Old 11-15-2019, 03:05 PM
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Default Best way to clean old silver coins?

Hello all, Iím sure this has probably been asked and answered at some point, but whatís everyoneís method on cleaning old silver coins. I know youíre not supposed to clean old coins as that will decrease their value, but Iím trying to clean one up to look nice, not sell. So whatís the best way to do it?

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Rub it with a paste of baking soda and water.

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Old 11-15-2019, 04:30 PM
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Rub it with a paste of baking soda and water.
+1 sometimes, ill even use toothpaste, and it smells good after too

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Before and after rubbing with baking soda paste.
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Old 11-15-2019, 05:57 PM
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Thank you guys, I will definitely use the baking soda paste method. The results look fantastic!

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Old 11-16-2019, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by DetecTom View post
Hello all, Iím sure this has probably been asked and answered at some point, but whatís everyoneís method on cleaning old silver coins. I know youíre not supposed to clean old coins as that will decrease their value, but Iím trying to clean one up to look nice, not sell. So whatís the best way to do it?
Who told you that? There are very few silver coins dug that have value over melt, so clean away!
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Old 11-16-2019, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by amc rulz View post
Who told you that? There are very few silver coins dug that have value over melt, so clean away!
Ive seen it mentioned in quite a few articles, but like I said, some coins I want to keep and look nice, so I wasnít worried about the value anyway. But yes, Iím going to clean some coins up and make them look nice!

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I cleaned my first silver the other day. I apprehensively followed some YouTube advice: line a bowl with aluminum foil, put in some baking soda and the coin and added boiling water. Brushed it with a toothbrush lightly, both sides. Added some more b.s. and boiling water. Even dumped it out and started over.

Sounds like a past of just baking soda would work, too...

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Who told you that? There are very few silver coins dug that have value over melt, so clean away!
Tell that to my 1921 d merc that got graded vf....
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Old 11-16-2019, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by k2gleaner View post
I cleaned my first silver the other day.
I canít argue with those results! That looks fantastic.

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Originally Posted by amc rulz View post
Who told you that? There are very few silver coins dug that have value over melt, so clean away!
I gingerly clean enough in the field, to get the year's date from it, check the web, and find it a non important, key date, and then clean as I feel like, it if it is not a key date. I will still be proud and clean gently, if it was a "key find for me."
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Originally Posted by Tpmetal View post
Tell that to my 1921 d merc that got graded vf....
I donít think that mr. merc could hear what I had to say either way . However, I did say that very few silver coins dug have value over melt. Yes yours is one of the very few, itís a key date.
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Originally Posted by Martin_V3i View post
I gingerly clean enough in the field, to get the year's date from it, check the web, and find it a non important, key date, and then clean as I feel like, it if it is not a key date. I will still be proud and clean gently, if it was a "key find for me."
Nothing wrong with that Martin!
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Yes, I agree with Martin on this one as well. I plan on cleaning up the ones I keep for myself as long as theyíre not key dates.

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Originally Posted by DetecTom View post
Ive seen it mentioned in quite a few articles, but like I said, some coins I want to keep and look nice, so I wasnít worried about the value anyway. But yes, Iím going to clean some coins up and make them look nice!
Theyíre your coins, clean Ďem up! You canít hurt common dates!
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Old 11-16-2019, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by amc rulz View post
Theyíre your coins, clean Ďem up! You canít hurt common dates!
Very true! Thatís a good rule to live by!

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The baking soda paste works fantastic. A little elbow grease and some rubbing and it works wonders on silver! Thanks again guys.

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Old 11-20-2019, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by DetecTom View post
The baking soda paste works fantastic. A little elbow grease and some rubbing and it works wonders on silver! Thanks again guys.
Baking soda is abrasive, and works well cleaning up silver. So do some toothpastes...they also work well cleaning auto headlamp lenses...
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Old 11-20-2019, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by amc rulz View post
Baking soda is abrasive, and works well cleaning up silver. So do some toothpastes...they also work well cleaning auto headlamp lenses...
Yes, I also use toothpaste and it works wonders on some applications. Thanks for the tip!

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KT uses a liquid sterling silver polish sold by Target. Find it in their jewelry department. Drop in coin, agitate for 15 seconds, rub with clean fingers for a few seconds under warm tap water, pat dry. Beautiful results and not chance of abrasion!

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