I carefully reviewed each response from my plea for help last week. I separated the nickels into five stacks;
Stack 5, coins that I did not think could be salvaged at all
Stack 4, coins that could probably be helped out some but would always be sadly marked or toned
Stack 3, coins that with a bit of patience & careful soaking might be restored
Stack 2, coins that with a bit of patience & careful soaking should be restored
Stack 1, coins that I did not touch at all due to their current nice state.
I am happy to say the project was a success overall. Some of the problems I encountered were
1. Dirt & accumulated grime
2. Obvious tape residue,
3. Actual bits of rubber band material
4. Assorted spots common with poorly kept coins in a hot & humid environment, (Alabama)
Please note that some of the coins are badly scratched, some deeply toned, I did not create or add to this.
Some of the coins received a distilled water bath for days, some were placed in acetone as recommended. None of these coins were brushed, wiped, or picked at with anything including a cactus thorn. Some were very, very lightly wiped with a Q-Tip soaked in distilled water. Some didn't even need that.
They were removed from the distilled water or acetone, then washed with warm distilled water & carefully, individually blotted with a dry 100% cotton Tee shirt.
They were placed on a cotton towel in a heated room (temp 69 degrees), both sides allowed to completely dry.
After that they were placed in individual 2x2 coin holders, labeled & placed in a separate box on my everyday shelf.
My 1960 nickel was one placed only in distilled water, it cleaned up nicely, still stained in front of Jefferson's nose and chin, but get this, it appears to have slight doubling on the reverse, some of the letters of Monticello seem to be slightly doubled, especially viewable with the M, o, n, t, e, l, and the last o. I could be incorrect but it still looks that way, more so under a 5x than a photo. Please give me your opinion.
Of the 74 coins, there were some extras, 33 of them came out within Stack 1 or 2 standards. Of the 41 coins remaining, 31 others fell withing Stack 3 or 4 standards, sadly, the remaining 10 were not salvageable. They remain "Junk Yard Dog Ugly".
I tried to take individual photos, especially of the 1960 "Monticello" doubling coin, but I just can't get good enough photos. When my son is in town, he may be able to take em, who knows, please see the photos I was able to take.
Thank you guys and gals from the bottom of my heart for the great advice. While these coins will never grace a great collection, they can and will be used to encourage some young family members by my being able to contribute them to their collections. They can upgrade them when they are older if they wish. I could not have done that without your assistance, the coins were in terrible shape. Thanks again... Nuff Said!
Photo 1 & 2, 1960 possible doubled Monticello nickel, photo 3 - 15, success and failures, the worst were left out of photos altogether.