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Old 02-24-2007, 03:46 PM
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All silver. Some tarnishing. Was pulled out of sandy soil. Any suggestions will be most appreciated.

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Old 02-24-2007, 03:59 PM
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Nice Find John!!!........What did you want suggestions on...Cleaning it up? I would clean it with baking soda in between my fingers, or with a Very soft brush.

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Old 02-24-2007, 05:17 PM
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Yes Don. I will try that. Thanks alot.
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Old 02-24-2007, 05:31 PM
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Sweet Find...I'm still waiting to find one of those. My oldest quarter is only a 1926 Standing Liberty.

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Excellent find! I'd leave it just like that, but if you must clean it, do so carefully!

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Old 02-24-2007, 06:58 PM
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What you do is up to you but baking soda is abrasive and will ruin the collector value of the coin.
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:11 PM
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Nice find!

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Old 02-24-2007, 08:49 PM
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I used Hagerty jewelry cleaner and it seemed to take much of the tarnish off. I didn't think it would harm the finish and it seemed to take alot of the tarnish off. What do you all think?
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Old 02-24-2007, 08:51 PM
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Forgot to tell you, the first two are before cleaning and the second two are after cleaning.
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:01 PM
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Nice find! I wouldn`t do anything but soap and water. It loses value with cleaning.

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Old 02-24-2007, 11:29 PM
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I don't know too much about collector values, but it sure looks nice.
I thought it cleaned up pretty good.
Nice find.
My oldest is a 1935 quarter.

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Good find. Always check first what the value is before you clean.

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Old 02-25-2007, 06:31 AM
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Ouch, the tarnish that was removed was the original surface of the coin. If you want to preserve the value of the coin, never use any kind of silver cleaner, abrasive or even anything to rub the surface. A careful washing in soap and mild water, rinse in pure water and pat dry is all that should be done.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:26 AM
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My mistake Cut. I checked on the value and it's not worth more than 3-5 dollars. I just thought silver was suppose to look like silver.
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I just thought silver was suppose to look like silver.
I know what you mean getherdug. It took me a while to understand why collectors would prefer a dirty old black coin to a nice shiney one, but that's what they want. If the coin is soley for your collection, and you have no intention or need to sell it, than clean it all you want. It's a personal choice, and if you think it makes for better eye appeal for your collection, than clean away, put it in a flip and add it to your collection. It is a sweeeet coin, in any condition!

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