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How To Clean Old Coins (Hint: Don’t!)


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The best way to clean old coins is, incredibly, to not to clean them at all! Your first instinct, if you collect or want to sell old coins, might be to try to get them as shiny and beautiful looking as possible. However, the reason that you shouldn’t clean old coins is that their tarnish and signs of age are actually part of their appeal. Only one of the graded 1866 Victoria sovereigns shown in the example is worth £550. The Victoria sovereign to the right was once cleaned with evident scuffs and hairlines. It is now worth £450 which is a loss of £100.


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