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Coin collectors, question about determining condition

Old 05-22-05, 04:52 PM
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Coin collectors, question about determining condition

How does tarnish affect the condition rating. The US coin book I got today mentions wear on the ingraving but nothing on tarnish. I got some silver war nickels off ebay. The lettering and everything on them isn't worn down but some are pretty dirty looking from tarnish.
good news is, even using the low price in the book it looks like at a minimum I'd brake even if I sold them right now.
Anything I should do to prevent further tarnish from building up?
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I also found out from the section in the book on commemorative coins that some actually are legal tender and can legally be spent at face value. granted that'd be stupid since they're sold at issue for multiple times the face value
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Why can't you polish them and then vaccum seal 'em?
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Old 05-22-05, 05:27 PM
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I read on a couple coin sites that most silver polishes result in wearing down of the engraving, which definitely reduces the value, as does rubbing the tarnish off
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There are always the old informercial stanby electrolytic tarnish removers ... you bascially submerge the coin in a bath of water and touch a special metal plate. WHo knows if it works ...
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I just put my coins in Tarn-X then rinse them under water. No rubbing.
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