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Old 04-08-2019, 09:15 PM
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Default Put my war nickel in a lemon

War nickels from the ground here come with a thick ooze of a tar like substance for some reason. Ive had a dozen over the years like this.
This 1942 S, (my best guess) is a prime example.
After several hours tumbling with some clad I got a giant lemon from my tree and inserted it. I will leave it for a couple days and tumble again.
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:24 PM
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I found a nickel embedded in the bottom of a chunk of asphalt. Soaked it in a little had to eat the tar off.
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:37 PM
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They come out of the ground in Utah with that crazy black stuff on them too. I wrap them in a towel and smack them with a hammer.

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Old 04-09-2019, 02:03 PM
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I smack them with a hammer too to get the layer of black crust off then soak in lemon juice over night and rub with baking soda. Cleans them nicely.

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Old 04-14-2019, 09:31 PM
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This is as good as I can get it, tumble,lemon,tumble,steel wool and polish.
Also my best guess was off a year.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by campnagle View post
This is as good as I can get it, tumble,lemon,tumble,steel wool and polish.
Also my best guess was off a year.
Looks great. Thanks for the update.

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Old 04-21-2019, 06:15 PM
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I heard CLR works great on war nickels. Also works well on gilted buttons.
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Old 04-21-2019, 08:58 PM
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Nice you got free lemons where you live,they’re pricey here in Pennsylvania...If I stuck a coin in a lemon my old lady would shoot me,especially if it ended up in her water.lol.
Good trick tho,the war nickel looks great 👍
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by woodbutcher View post
Nice you got free lemons where you live,they’re pricey here in Pennsylvania...If I stuck a coin in a lemon my old lady would shoot me,especially if it ended up in her water.lol.
Good trick tho,the war nickel looks great 👍
Just be sure Woody it’s a gold coin you stick in the lemon, maybe then the old lady wouldn’t shoot you.

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Old 05-03-2019, 01:49 PM
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Nice!

I found a war nickel with major crud and did the tin foil, hot water, baking soda method. Looks perfect after many repeated soakings.

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Steel wool makes us die hard coin collectors cry!
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With the price of lemons these days I can't afford to clean coins that way.

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How do you think the lemon felt about that ?

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Old 07-11-2019, 06:46 PM
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If you tumble it.....you ruin it.....simple as that. After tumbling look at it through a 10X loop & you'll see hundreds of nicks & scratches from the clad!

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Old 07-12-2019, 10:01 AM
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Has anyone tried using a ultrasonic cleaner, like jewelers use?
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:06 AM
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If you tumble it.....you ruin it.....simple as that. After tumbling look at it through a 10X loop & you'll see hundreds of nicks & scratches from the clad!

I tried the peroxide and vinegar method and it pitted the pennies I used. Just for the hell of it, I tried a Dremel with a fine stainless steel brush, it cleaned the penny, but, you can imagine how it wrecked the finish.
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