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cleaning coins

I have heard this argued both ways. When selling coins or having them graded ,should you clean them firs or not. I am new to coin collecting and would

 like some feedback please.


6 years ago

DON"T DO IT

6 years ago

Cleaning a coin is usually filled with regret later on. A cleaned silver coin rarely fools anyone, especially if you are going to have it slabbed by NGC or PCGS someday. Many collectors avoid "improperly cleaned" coins, even rare ones. I once found a 1918 Lincoln cent in an antique desk when I was 9 years old. It fascinated me to no end, and introduced me to coin collecting. Unfortunately, I also "cleaned it up" with Comet Cleanser(!) until I thought it looked "better." Luckily, it was not a valuable piece, and I learned a good lesson early on.

So if you're ever considering buying a dirty coin, just remember you're buying the coin, and that "the dirt" is just part of the price. 

6 years ago

The first thing I learned in coin collecting do not clean your coin. It's like putting a knife in someone's heart. It devalues the coin and the market for it. Instead send it to ngc or pcgs and let them do it.

6 years ago

that's good advice the only coins that I have ever cleaned were low value world coins a long time ago but have not even did that in a long time 

6 years ago

I thank all of you for your help  

6 years ago
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