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Old coins
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Bob    Posted 03-24-2003 at 15:00:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a big can full of old coins that have gotten moisture in the can, they are real cruddy, how can I clean them up without damage to the coins.

CAH    Posted 03-25-2003 at 16:13:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Soak them in pure olive oil. Be patient, work them with a soft brush, like a tooth brush and return then to the olive oil. Repeat proceess until you get them where you want them.

Stan(PA)    Posted 03-24-2003 at 15:56:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't keep old coins in a can. Clean them with dishwashing soap and water, pat dry with soft towel. If the coins are valuable, you do not want to destroy the natural toning on the coins. You also do not want to scratch the surfaces. Be gentle. Do NOT use commercial metal cleaners, as these will destroy the value. No collector wants "bright and shiny" antique coins (unless, of course, they are Mint State ORIGINAL uncirculated coins!) What kind of coins? Copper? Silver? Remember, be gentle, pat dry- do not scrub! Get 2x2 coin holders from a local coin shop, they are inexpensive and offer protection for the surfaces of the coins......Stan

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