Want to know how to clean your uncleaned coins ?
Items required for best results: soap, water, magnifying glass, dull scalpel, wax, clean shoe brush, and of course time and patience.
We at A. G. & S. Gillis sell thousands of uncleaned coins a month and are asked this question time and time again, so here is our answer.
Whatever amount you have purchased we recommend you clean them in small batches of 10. We only recommend mechanical cleaning, that is to say by hand, not chemical cleaning (acids etc). This is because once you use chemicals there is no turning back, it may seem the quickest solution but it rarely gives the best results, and after all it takes all the fun out of it. If you follow the simple steps below you should get the best results.
Step one. Purchase your uncleaned coins from A. G. & S. Gillis (of course).
Step two. Take 10 coins at a time and wash in warm water using soap and an old toothbrush, this will take off the surface dust and any loose dirt.
Step three. Using a free standing magnifying glass and a dull scalpel or modelers knife, carefully pick away at the dirt that still adheres to the coins surface (usually best while they are still damp). Be careful not to damage any of the coins.
Step four. Repeat steps one and two until all or most of the dirt has been removed.
Step five. When the coins are clean and dry, give them a light coating of wax, liquid bees wax is a good example, and give a light buffing with a clean shoe brush.
Please remember commonsense should prevail and we at A. G. & S. Gillis cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss or injuries incurred while following these guide lines (Guide lines are for adults only).
Also remember! once a coin is ruined, its ruined for good! So take your time and enjoy the experience.