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    Posted: 04 Jan 2007 at 10:36am
This is my oldest US coin...is it a candidate for conservation or should I just
through it back in the river?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote coldshot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 2007 at 10:42am
Depends on what they charge for trying to save it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FLBandit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 2007 at 11:49am

The features look pretty good, might be worth it to try. At least worth looking into.

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Save your money, the coin is beyond conservation - it is corroded. Doesn't mean you need to throw it away though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote metalatem Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2007 at 10:19am
Looks nice for something that has been in the water for 175 years. Personally would leave it just like it is, in the coin holder. Not too much more you can do for it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote atlashealth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Feb 2007 at 11:48am
I have been soaking this bad boy in extra virgin olive oil since early January 2007 and just out of curiosity took a look at the coin tonight.
I'm telling you that the coin is already 50% improved. Will post a pic next month so you all can see this miraculous tranformation for yourselves!!
I guarantee you will be amazedSmile
 
Extra virgin olive oil really works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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u ruined it......cleaning=bad even for this coin......
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Beyond any help I think.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BECOKA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Feb 2007 at 3:26am
It is beyond help. If you want to see what the pros can do try sending it to NCS. Most likely it will come back stating environmental damage.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote WMGKL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Feb 2007 at 6:55am
That cent looks pretty good to me.  It may be rough, but it's tough. I collect circulated coins, ones that have a history; they've been through trials and tribulations like many of us have.  That kind of coin has a personality and a uniqueness that no proof or unc can demonstrate, and it's certainly worth it to try to revive it as much as you can without doing harm to it.  Keep soaking it in olive oil.  If it has heavy deposits of dirt stuck to it, use a bristle brush (one that won't scratch) to try to loosen it.  If the dirt won't come off without strong force, leave it on: that's part of the personality.  Preserving a coin like that is like visiting with an ancestor and having history in your hand; a proof coin is all sparkle, shine and intricate detail...and no story to tell.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote laxmaster92 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Feb 2007 at 10:50am
Olive oil has no effect on copper besides the fact that it helps clean it up. He didnt ruin it at all. Just keep soaking it. It can oly get better.
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