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Hi all.

I've got some silver coins that have differing amounts of tarnish on them. I'd like to get them to match each other a little better, but still have a nice amount of patina left. What's the best way to do that? I've tried liver of sulfer in the past with lousy results (very difficut to control the amount of tarnish). I think what I'm looking for is the most gentle way to remove (just some of) the tarnish.


- Frank
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Handle them... If you take a bunch of coins and allways keeop them together handeling them equally they start to look more and more like one another.

The other aprrouch is jewlery silver cleaner... or coin cleaner... sometimes refered to as "dip"... Dip the coin in real quick, just a second... Then quickly pat dry with a dry cloth... It works great.

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I have found the best way to gently remove some patina/tarnish has been with toothpaste. ymmv.

-Allen M.
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France (Lyon)
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Profile of dedikc
You can throw your coin In Coca cola.
The coins becomes more shiny.

Or a rubber gum.
Calix: french Lyon magician
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Try bleach on a Q tip to add tarnish to specific areas
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I remember those days....constantly trying to get my soft Morgans to match a little better......endless trips to the coin shop to find coins that matched better.

I found that the less wear on the coins the better they I ended up with 1921 Morgans that were not soft.
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