How to clean proof coin

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  1. madaw1

    madaw1 Well-Known Member

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    DSC03749.JPG DSC03748.JPG I was given South Africa long proof set 1967-however 1 rand (0.800 silver) doesn't look nice(some dump or water damage?). Is there any way to clean this coin? Any idea would be appreciated..
     
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    Silver Soul Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    As a long time member you should know better than to clean it. But if you must a green scoring pad does a great job.
     
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    madaw1 Well-Known Member

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    I don't...
    Is always better to ask someone with experience in this matter ,instead to pretend that we know everything...
     
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    You really want to clean it?
     
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    madaw1 Well-Known Member

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    I don't have to-just was curious if it's possible--I'll not lose or gain anything--maybe some knowledge for the future...
     
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    What would silver dip to to the proof finish?
     
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    It would give it an uncirculated finish:D

    Seriously though, I would not recommend cleaning any uncirculated or proof coins @madaw1, better leave as is.

    I have the same problem with a USA 1984 Olympic gold/silver proof set that I have just purchased recently.

    One of the silver coins has a bit of unattractive toning on it and I was a bit tempted to give it a clean, but then I regained
    senses and sanity and decided to leave it alone.

    Cleaning proof or uncirculated coins is a good way of destroying their collector value.
     
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    I recommend swallowing it and allow the gentle digestive juices to give it a soft clean. Keep an eye out for it next morning!
     
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    madaw1 Well-Known Member

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    I've always respected you @sammysilver for your posts ,but I'm sure you should posted this advise in JODE section not here....
     
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    Cleaning a proof coin is like pulling the backbone out of a fish and telling it to swim again. If you find a way! Enlightened me.
     
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    madaw1 Well-Known Member

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    If I knew, I would and wouldn't ask....
     
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    Original finish and naturally toned coins are highly sought after even if not perfect, they bring more premium than a cleaned coin and sometimes much more.

    Stackers like me couldnt care less about if a coin has been cleaned but to a high end collector it would matter.

    If it's in original packaging it's best to be left that way from what I've been told.
     
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