Advice on cleaning silver coins

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  1. mongrelmaple

    mongrelmaple Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Hi stackers!

    I’ve got some silver coins that are heavily toned (both naturally and artificially) that I want to clean up as much as I can before I offload them.

    Does anyone have any ideas or advice on how to get them as clean as possible? I understand that they won’t have that mint luster shine to them ever again, that’s no concern. I’ve done the baking sofa in a bowl with aluminium foil trick, and that works to a degree. Could anyone recommend a particular brand of coin dip or even a silver polish?

    Thanks for any feedback :)
     
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    Ipv6Ready Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Unless it is caked in dirt, grimy and you are selling old predecimal at standard prices but I wouldn’t clean it.

    Also modern collectable coins ie Perth mint coins that are cleaned loses all premium.

    Note I have 1000s silver predecimal coins that I’ve put in tumblers for days to make it shine, but I know when I sell them, I’ll be selling by numbers (weight) of x coins at spot (just like when I bought them)
     
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    mongrelmaple Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    They’re Queens Beast coins, that are both naturally and artificially toned. The artificial toning came from when I was learning the technique and had to ‘sacrifice’ a couple coins to get my methods right :D

    I thought I’d clean them up a bit and then offer them to the forum for spot price only, since all premium on them is obviously lost due to the toning and subsequent cleaning, and loss of mint shine as I pointed out. I bought them on the cheap initially, so even if i sell them for spot price only, I’ve still made money on the trade since they were picked up towards the bottom last year

    I thought that it might be a chance for a cheap silver pickup for those on the forum who are more interested in stacking weight, rather than chasing the premium that a mint condition QB coin can command
     
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    Silver Soul Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Cleaning them is not going to increase their value! So why do it? Toning is a part of silver stacking longterm members know this. Relax's
     
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    Ipv6Ready Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    I wouldn’t clean them, I’d let the buyer decide.
    Also some nice toned coins can get a premium (rare)

    As I added on my earlier post I have cleaned a lot of predecimal coins myself as I like it shiny. And some of the coins was so dirty (but not badly worn) I bought them below spot lol
     
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    Silver Soul Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Ooooh yeah! I like a nice toned coin
     
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    mongrelmaple Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    As I explained above, it’s not to increase their value. It’s just to make them somewhat appealing to a buyer before I offload them at SPOT PRICE as a special. Which I still make money on, since I bought them right at the bottom last year :cool:
     
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    Silver Soul Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    So if you are selling them at spot price .. Why clean? Sorry I just don't get it. Sometimes uncleaned silver works in your favour
     
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    mongrelmaple Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Honestly, because I thought I’d attract a larger audience if they were cleaned and a cheap pickup for weight stackers, rather than toned coin fans. That was the main reason, simple as that! But hey, if people were interested in artificially toned coins then that works better!
     
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    Silver Soul Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    I experiment with silver everyday because I have been stacking it since 1983. Boredom gets the better of me, but it doesn't change the metal weight price.
     
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    don't bother cleaning them i'll buy them at spot how they are ;) will pm shortly
     
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    Silver Soul Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Good move. Silver is going to make a huge price rise soon.
     
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    mongrelmaple Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    PM’d you back :)
     
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    Hey mate to start with some people like toning some people hate it, so do what you like.

    How to clean; just use bicard and warm water, make a paste and rub then rinse with water. I'm always amazed how good it works.

    I've also found a magic sponge to work well too.
     
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    Yep, $20 bottle @ all good Jewellers Silver Dip & use a soft tooth brush for intricate jewellery.
    Put it in a glass container & after using it return to the original plastic bottle.
    Coins in batches take about 20 secs, then rinse with warm water & dry thoroughly.
    There was another thread started on here about a year ago on this subject.
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    Some properly diluted CLR and a soft toothbrush followed by a good rinse also works well on silver coins.
    It doesn't leave them too shiny, just clean looking.
     
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    Grease, finger oils and general gunk can get a couple of minutes soak in cloudy ammonia if you have any lying around, it makes the next step marginally easier but if you haven't got any you can skip it. After that i generally sprinkle some bi carb of soda onto a damp microfibre cloth and then rub the coin into the resulting smooth paste. I do this because I usually do quite a few at a time and I find it is less wasteful of the sodium Bicarbonate, but it is cheap anyway.
     
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    I used cloudy ammonia trying to get milk spots off crocodile coins and ended up with a worse condition, which was only fixed(?) by using a white Pencil eraser.
    If you are going to try that........... Just do one first, not the TUBE full that I did.
     
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    yer Cleaning ruins value, Dipping coins seems somewhat exceptable to allot people these days, but using abrasives to clean is simply a No No, With Dipping you need to know what your doing when dipping coins as if you do that wrong they will be classed as cleaned.
    And if the coin is ever sent away for grading clean coins wont receive a good grade.
    Toning doesnt effect the coins value. cleaned coins does hurt value

    But for a stacker it means Nothing as silver is silver, clean silver is still the same value as dirty silver.
     
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    For minor marks I’ve sprayed on a little lens cleaner and wiped it off with a soft cloth.
     

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