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Name: Diane
Status: other
Grade: other
Location: GA
Date: August 2008

Question:
In your article about cleaning coins, you say to soak in bleach solution. Is this straight bleach or mixed with water?



Replies:
Diane,

Start with a mixture of bleach and water -- 1/4 bleach, 3/4 water. Try it. If your results aren't OK, than add a little more bleach. Keep adding bleach until you're satisfied.

If after all this work, you still not satisfied, rinse the coins thoroughly in water. Then place them in a cup with a little vinegar and salt. See if that mixture helps.

Warren Young


Diane,

What is not said here may be important. If this in reference to coin collecting, most coins will be devalued if cleaned in all but specifically proscribed methods, and sometimes not even under those conditions. Discuss this with a coin dealer if you are dealing with rare coins.

Steve Sample



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