Best Way To Clean Coins! So you are off metal detecting and while you may not have struck gold (nuggets, even) you at least have a nice clinking box of coins to show for your efforts. These coins are certainly not going to be found all shiny and flawless like newly minted doubloons. You will need to put in a bit more effort to clean them. In the process, you may just discover a prize coin that makes it all worthwhile. Generally, these coins are spendable for everyday uses.
Hours & Hours? Never!
Cleaning detected coins is not, as some sources online will have you believe, long-winded. It is in fact quite simple.
- If you happen to find can tabs, save them and hand them to the Ronald McDonald House. You can make a buck while also supplying a demand. They make excellent use of those tabs.
- For coin cleaning, it is imperative that you have a tumbler. The small mechanical device helps get rid of excess dirt else you will be left leaning over the sink holding a toothbrush and going at it all night.
- Keep the tumbler’s modular inner container nearby to hold the rocks and coins.
- Take a bunch of coins to be washed and sit them in a strainer in the sink. Put silver coins aside (more on this later), pennies in a separate batch, and so on. Mixing them will have all the coins ending up with a coppery sheen.
- The previous occurrence can happen because of the chemicals you are going to use. Vinegar and salt (rock salt is better than table salt but either one will do) are on the list.
You will need a few rough-edged rocks much like those used for decorating fish tanks or those you may find in your backyard. Put a small amount comprising medium sized and small stones into the tumbler device. This will help produce friction as they rub against the coins and clean them thoroughly.
This is the initial set up you need to have before getting started with the mixing, tumbling, and cleaning process for your coins.
Shake, Rattle & Roll
It is only going to take half an hour to get the cleaning done.
- Run some water over the coins; hence the strainer.
- Add the coins to the rocks in the tumbler.
- Add vinegar until the level comes just above the top of your coins.
- Add 2-3 tbsps. of salt to the mix; about a palmful
- Put the top on the tumbler and place it in the mechanical tumbler device.
- Cinch all the proper components and attachments as needed.
- The device does run on current so turn the tumbler on. Shake the container of coins, rocks, vinegar, and salt before placing it in the device.
- Rotation happens vigorously and steadily. You are to leave this be for 30 minutes, so set a timer.
- Pick it up fifteen minutes in, shake it again, and replace it in the device once more.
Once half an hour passes, turn off the tumbler and take the components of the tumbler container apart. Do not be overly surprised if the washer and such are tight; it is known to happen.
Fresh & Shiny
Empty the tumbler’s contents into the strainer. The vinegar sluices away, the salt has long since been dissolved and it goes the way of the vinegar, leaving the rocks and coins keeping each other company.
The fluid inside will look like muddy slush, due all the dirt that has been extracted. Make sure all the coins are out of the tumbler; add some water to help loosen the stubborn ones. If you want to clean them some more, use soap water and a toothbrush; this time it will be simple.
Do not subject silver coins to this treatment. More often than not, the top layer gets lost and the entire value of the coin may be gone. It is a rare risk you are better off not taking. The rest of the coins will look splendid and new.