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I just got in the mail the 1771 5 Kopek (EM) I recently won on ebay. Now, I like the case it's in, but I noticed that from all the years in this case, it appears that the coin itself left a rim of dirt on the inside surface of the circular "shell" that holds it, which kind of takes away from the presentation of the case... Also, this is my very first Russian copper coin - is it worth cleaning it? I see some of the "shinier" copper peeking from underneath the dark brown, oxidized layer, and it's very tempting to clean it... Or is that a sin lol?

 

I only paid $8 for this coin.

 

Here are some pictures of both the coin and the condition of the interior shell (you can see the ring of dirt on the inside edges):

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2108.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2107.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2104.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2103.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2101.jpg

 

All opinions welcomed!

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I just got in the mail the 1771 5 Kopek (EM) I recently won on ebay. Now, I like the case it's in, but I noticed that from all the years in this case, it appears that the coin itself left a rim of dirt on the inside surface of the circular "shell" that holds it, which kind of takes away from the presentation of the case... Also, this is my very first Russian copper coin - is it worth cleaning it? I see some of the "shinier" copper peeking from underneath the dark brown, oxidized layer, and it's very tempting to clean it... Or is that a sin lol?

 

I only paid $8 for this coin.

 

Here are some pictures of both the coin and the condition of the interior shell (you can see the ring of dirt on the inside edges):

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2108.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2107.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2104.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2103.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/sub...ac/IMG_2101.jpg

 

All opinions welcomed!

It's a sin (most sins ARE tempting, of course! :ninja: ).

 

Cleaning a coin lessens its value, and in the case of copper coins, I think they look VERY ugly when cleaned. The only exception I would make is in the case of noticeable green verdigris, and then I would soak it in olive oil. Since yours has no verdigris that I can see, there is absolutely nothing to be gained by cleaning this one.

 

Since this "slab" is not a grading service slab, you might think about taking the coin out and cleaning the inside of the slab?

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I will be the bad guy here. I say break it out. It should never have gone in there in the first place. set it free, so you can enjoy this wonderful big chunk of history. Fingerprints wont hurt this coin.

 

At the same time, dont clean it. Its hundreds of years of patina is what give it its character and charm. Cleaning will actually REMOVE the detail.

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I will be the bad guy here. I say break it out. It should never have gone in there in the first place. set it free, so you can enjoy this wonderful big chunk of history. Fingerprints wont hurt this coin.

 

At the same time, dont clean it. Its hundreds of years of patina is what give it its character and charm. Cleaning will actually REMOVE the detail.

 

I agree 100% !

Sigi :ninja:

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