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I lost the copper shell of my Hopping Half set. Instead of buying a whole new set I just bought an English penny shell. Of course the new shell doesn't match the older copper coin.

Should I

A} Just wait for the coin to get a patina over time? How long will it take and do I need to carry it around in my pocket to get it to look like the older coin?

B} Clean the older coin to match the new shell? What is the best way to clean a copper coin? Toothpaste?
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I'd clean the old coins to be able to start using the set immediately and then let everything age together.
Soak everything (both old and new) in ketchup for an hour or longer then rinse throughly.
if you clean with polish of some kind it's likely that will make it take longer for them to darken up again.
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Inigmntoya, Thanks. Ketchup worked great!
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Just remember to keep everything separate until they are rinsed off and dried. I accidentally let the insert nest in the shell with ketchup in there and it was not easy getting them apart again.
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Nice tips
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Quote:
On Jul 13, 2018, inigmntoya wrote:
Soak everything in ketchup for an hour or longer then rinse throughly.

I tried yesterday the ketchup with my copper coins and worked out wonderfully!
I found particularly intriguing the resulting color, which is not shining (as you would obtain with any polish), but more similar to "matt rose"... just perfect for a coin which is meant to be "old".
Thanks for the suggestion! Smile
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