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B Hackler
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I just recieved about two dozen wallking liberty coins and they need to be cleaned. can anybody suggest a cleaning product that will make the coins look new again?
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Just about any silver polish should do the trick. Tarnoff will also work. Not wanting to purchase anything , try toothpaste.
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On 2008-10-07 12:05, Father Photius wrote:
Just about any silver polish should do the trick. Tarnoff will also work. Not wanting to purchase anything , try toothpaste.


Do you know if this will work with Eisenhower Dollars.
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Toothpaste works pretty well on all silver and clad coins. It's nice because it doesn't take off as much tarnish/patina as a silver polish or other method, so you can control the appearance if you aren't going for super shiny.

If you want super-shiny (and want to use stuff in your house already), I'd also recommend a paste of baking soda and water, which is effective and relatively gentle.
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My wife a silver cleaner for her jewlery will this work for coins?
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It should.
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My I suggest if your going to use silver polish I wouldn't use those coins for a show or anything until you have handled them for a couple weeks. The polish will make them a tad slippery and we wouldn't want you to drop one in a middle of a set becasue of that.
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any of the above suggestions work so go to it my friend
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Practise with them for a few days....that's usually all that is needed.
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Both Tarnex and toothpaste do not leave a waxy protective coat behind, and you can use them right away.
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I actually used a tiny bit of johnson's baby lotion believe it or not. I rubbed a small bit of it on my half dollar and now it smells good and is really comfortable to classic palm as well as do other sleights. didn't exactly clean it but, yea.
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On 2008-10-07 12:04, B Hackler wrote:
I just recieved about two dozen wallking liberty coins and they need to be cleaned. can anybody suggest a cleaning product that will make the coins look new again?


Why specifically do you want to clean them? They way you got them is what folks expect them to be - old and tarnished with years of grime in the nooks and crannies. What would they be if you cleaned them to remove the tarnish and grime?

Let's say you can't leave things be as they are - sad but some folks are that way - what can you do to make them a little prettier without ruining that authentic look they have now? Two things have worked pretty well when I tried - first just handling them for a few weeks - as I have moist hands. Second - I put the coins in my jeans pocket when I did the wash, just a few at a time.

I still suggest leaving the coins as is. The past is what it is - why ask your coins to suffer from nostalgia.

However - note - if you really did get XF/AU or better coins - they just have a patina on them and collectors won't be amused if you apply tarnex and leave them all silvery again.
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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I agree with JT. I think walking liberties should look worn in. If someone sees you using a 1945 coin they are going to wonder why it isn't all warped. I like the look of liberties. they have that black outline to them.
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I would like to leave the coins the way they are but they are in need of a good cleaning. I purchased the coins at a yard sale and they are in great shape but when you look at the coins they look dirty. Thanks for all the help.
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When it comes to copper, I use Brasso.
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Try a soft clean cloth, like an old cotton sock. Enough to get any grime off but leave most of the tarnish and patina. This has worked well for me, I prefer there be tarnish/highlights to bring out the design.

for a little more clean try a silver polishing cloth, I like this as I can control how much I take off. I find polishes remove all the grime and tarnish leaving them too bright for my tastes.
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On 2008-10-08 01:35, Dynamike wrote:
When it comes to copper, I use Brasso.


Good recommendation for copper coins, Mike, but the thread is about Walking Liberty coins which are silver.
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"Silvo" is a well known trusted cleaner for Silver.
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This is the exact thread I need to read, as my coins are looking rather dull. I am just wondering, what kind of toothpaste does anyone think works best? I have like a green gel kind, does it really matter?
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I use Flitz. Works on silver, copper, brass like a charm.
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OKay,I will just buy a product I know to work. I can't wait for shiny coins again Smile
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