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Cleaning Coins
(or as we like to say, "restoration")
 

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Sometimes a coin is so far gone, that it cannot be helped at all. Shown here are coins that benefited from a simple cleaning. We like to use Zylol as the cleaner, a Q-tip to get the loose dirt (roll it across the coin, don't rub it), and a thorn from a cactus plant for the crevices. Once the crud has been removed, a little Blue Ribbon oil to protect the surfaces and bring out some details.

1835 Large cent before and after cleaning.

1853 Large cent before and after cleaning.

 


 

1864 Two Cent Piece before and after cleaning.
 

 


 

1866 Two Cent Piece before and after cleaning.
 

 
 

1867 Two Cent - Doubled-Die Obverse before and after cleaning. This one had glue residue on it. After soaking it in nail-polish remover, most of came right off with a rolling Q-Tip.


 

1868 Two Cent Piece before and after cleaning.
 


 

 


 

 

1868 Two Cent Piece before and after cleaning. This one didn't pay off the mortgage. Paid $6 for it and it sold on eBay for $9.99.
 

1852 Three Cent Piece before and after cleaning.

 


 

1923-D  Germany 2 Rentenpfennig before and after cleaning.
 


 

Russian Stalin 1914-15  Gott MiT UNS!! Medal before and after cleaning.