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nickel cleaning
Posted by: LTimedigger
Date: October 14, 2018 07:02PM
I always dig nickel signals more because lots of jewelry rings up hear than for the nickels simply because unlike most metals, nickels(except for war nickels) come out so fried its often very difficult to see what type and date it is especially the older ones. Wondering what yall use to bring out the detail. I understand a tumbler with cleaners works best if you want to spend the money. thanks.

Re: nickel cleaning
Posted by: jim tn
Date: October 14, 2018 08:43PM
Unless you are willing to spend hours and even days soaking your clad and cents with various cleaners, a tumbler saves tons of time and cleans the best. For badly crusted Buffalo nickels with no visible dates I lay them flat in a dish and put a small pile of salt and a few drops of apple cider vinegar on them and let them set for a short while. Quite often with a magnifying glass I can get a date off them. HH jim tn

Re: nickel cleaning
Posted by: REVIER
Date: October 15, 2018 07:36AM
First I try to gently scrub the area where the date is to see if the coin could possibly be worth something as a collectable.
The buffs and V's I have found so far have not been valuable at all, darn it, so sometimes then I tumble them.
Most times I lack patience so I prefer to do something that would horrify most coin guys...I scrubbed them like crazy with steel wool.
They are my coins and I prefer them to look like nickels instead of unrecognizable dark, dirty circles so I scrub them until anyone can tell what they are.
Most V's have come out pock-marked but I was able to get dates, some buffs have no date, some do and some are also pock-marked while others are somewhat smooth.
I don't need them to be super clean and shiny or new looking but I do want to see the V or the Indian and definitely want to recognize them as a nickel.

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To clean nickels: Naval Jelly N/t
Posted by: Tom_in_CA
Date: October 15, 2018 12:12PM

Re: nickel cleaning
Posted by: oneguy
Date: October 15, 2018 05:49PM
I wouldn't recommend vinegar/salt on any Buffs or V's as usually they are old enough where there will most likely be "enviremental" damage to the coin from the soil and fertilizers , etc???? Usually the older nickels will be "pitted" and the vinegar/salt will really bring that out.... Use steel wool and rub the @#$%& outta them until you achieve the desired look. I've also used abrasives after steel wool like Bon-Ami, etc. and if I still can't get desired results I'll use a chemical toilet bowl cleaner called Santeen "IF" the coin isn't really pitted. If I use the Santeen, it's a last resort and I use it quickly and don't soak too long....maybe a minute depending???? Use the steel wool first...Santeen as a last resort...… Remember that you can go too far with the cleaning so take it a step at a time....good luck!!!!

PS...Yes...that's a legitimate 3-legger!!!! Only semi-valuable/rare coin I've found in 27yrs tecting…


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Re: nickel cleaning
Posted by: RichW
Date: October 15, 2018 07:00PM
Try Ketchup. Let it soak, wash it off and soak again. As many times as it takes.

Re: nickel cleaning
Posted by: Silver Pirate
Date: October 16, 2018 08:55PM
I wonder if that is because of the acid and the vinegar?

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Re: nickel cleaning
Posted by: RichW
Date: October 17, 2018 07:52AM
I would think so. More like a jell. When the ketchup starts to turn black it's time to wash it off. Repeat until all the crud comes off

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