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How to clean all your Coins?

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Do you want to bring back that shine to all your coins, which was there when your grandparents gave them to you? If yes, then this blog provides a variety of ways through which you can clean your coins, without damaging their appearance.

Coin collecting is one of the most preferred hobbies around the world. If your coins are collectible and have high value, cleaning them with the wrong product(s) will certainly reduce their value - sometimes by up to 90%! Likewise, cleaning them is unlikely to result in an improvement in their market value. However, it does cleaning does guarantee their pristine condition and for you to fetch their exact value in the open market. Here are a few ways for you to clean your coins:

Method 1: Use Water

Water is the best cure and the most harmless of all liquids. With a balanced pH value and minimal preservatives, water does not have any abrasive impact on your coins when you’re washing them. Cleaning with water involves the following steps:

  • üHold your coin around its edges
  • üAvoid touching the surface- to prevent scratches
  • üRun a high pressure jet of cold or warm water over the coin
  • üUse a soft toothbrush to scrub off any dirt particles from the surface
  • üUse a toothpick or a screwdriver to scrap off residual dust (esp. on ancient coins)
  • üPour a little malt vinegar over the coins and wash them again after ten minutes
  • üDry pat the coins with a soft and lint-free cloth. Do not rub it off dry

Method 2: Vinegar or Citrus Acid Soak

There are several dirt particles that ordinary washing cannot remove. This happens in silver and ancient coins the most. If the contaminants remain, despite the regular wash, it is best to soak the coins in a Petri dish containing vinegar or citrus acid. Here’s what you need to know:

  • üGold coins are best cleaned by soaking in hot, soapy water
  • üChromium and copper-plated pennies are easily cleaned when soaked in lukewarm water that contains one tablespoon of citric acid powder
  • üBronze and ancient coins should be soaked in distilled water or olive oil. However they may take several weeks to clean
  • üSilver and nickel-based coins can be cleaned using a distilled water and vinegar solution. Alternatively, a 6-minute soak in lemon juice can also do the trick.

General Tips

Whether using a jet of water or soaking, here are a few tips you need to keep in mind when cleaning out your coins:

  • üDo not mix different types of coins, when cleaning. Copper coins have a tendency to discolor other coins
  • üDo not use any abrasive materials on a coin. Use a soft and lint-free cloth or a tissue paper when tapping them dry. Do not rub them either.
  • üIf the need arises, opt for a commercial coin cleaner. Make sure it does not contain any abrasive materials. It is best to consult a coin dealer first, before trying out a new product.

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