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Topic: Johnson Hopping Halves Tarnished
Message: Posted by: dxsare (Oct 24, 2006 02:42AM)
Hello all,

I bought the Johnson's Hopping Halves set a little while ago, and when I got them they were pretty tarnished, not filthy dirty, just dark brown with no shine. I recently bought all new English pennies in like new condition. My question is will the Johnson gaffs return to a high shine and bright copper color if they are polished?? What is the best polish for copper coins?? Thanks.

Stevie D
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Oct 24, 2006 04:46AM)
Put some vinigar in a glass, a pinch of salt, and dunk the coins in the glass. It takes just a few seconds and they will be bright and shiney as new.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 24, 2006 09:05AM)
Use the brass cleaner called "Brasso." It works very good. It can be found at most drug stores in the cleaning aisle.
Message: Posted by: JeffMac (Oct 24, 2006 11:40AM)
If you ese the salt and vineager trick do it to the new cois too and the will tarnish at the same rate as the old ones
Message: Posted by: dxsare (Oct 25, 2006 06:02PM)
So if I use the salt and vineager, should I also polish them with brasso or I wouldn't even need to?? Well anyway I'm gonna try the salt and vineager and see what happens.

Message: Posted by: dxsare (Oct 25, 2006 08:51PM)
Wow, in seconds my coins went from being completely brown and dark to bright and shinny just as rowdymagi suggested, thanks alot! I wonder if it would work wonders for copper cups....

Stevie D
Message: Posted by: Bendy (Oct 26, 2006 11:38PM)
I use MAAS polishing cream and a soft, cotton cloth. You can get it at Wal-Mart. It removes tarnish and polishes just about everything, (brass, copper, silver, stainless steel, etc.).
Message: Posted by: JeffMac (Oct 27, 2006 02:56AM)
The problem with the salt an vinegar trick is it strips a minute layer of copper. if you don't seal the coins with some sort of polish they will tarnish faster in the future. that's why I suggested doing it to your new coin as well. or just polish them all
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Oct 30, 2006 12:29PM)
I didn't realize that vinegar removed a small layer of the copper. I have never really noticed that they tarnished any quicker than if I polished them with a product like Brasso etc.
Thanks for the info.