What kind of brillo pad should I use on these to make them shine?

I just got these

Did I find something good 👍?
Is that evironmental damage on the 1795 or others?
Should they be slabbed? Are they worthy?
Should I join PCGS Platinum and send in 8 of them?
Is there any value to stabbing the train wrecked coins?

Your opinions please.
Thank you


  • FullHornFullHorn Posts: 912 ✭✭✭✭

    Taste to see if they are chocolate. No stabbing

  • RealoneRealone Posts: 18,245 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The blue pads, they will be smooth and shiney in no time.

    'Never give in, never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy'.
    FYI: I only collect naturally toned coins with original surfaces and nothing else, trust me nothing else!
    OK with one exception!
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  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 1,970 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Why waste time with a Brillo? A Dremel is much faster.

  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 9,236 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @intrepiddevildog Welcome to the forums.

    What kind of metal detector do you use?

    They have that “I’ve been buried for so long that I am a lost cause look.”

    Link is to the price guide and PCGS restoration service. How much do you think your time is worth vs the value of those circular discs vs how much time and $ it will cost to restore the pieces.



    Choose accordingly.

  • AotearoaAotearoa Posts: 726 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There are some fairly rare die varieties for 1795 but, unfortunately, yours is the most common (S-78). Not worth slabbing in that condition. Not unless the coin means something special to you.

    Smitten with DBLCs.

  • OuthaulOuthaul Posts: 6,613 ✭✭✭✭✭

    NO! Never Brillo pads!

    Use this instead...

    Never take a front row seat at a Bris.
    Proud recipient and founding member of the "YOU SUCK" Club since 8/31/04 - USAF Retired: 1974 - 1994

  • BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 4,081 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Realone said:
    The blue pads, they will be smooth and shiney in no time.

    No............a pencil eraser is better. (Don't even THINK of it).


    "I tell them there's no problems.....only solutions" - John Lennon
  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 8,238 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Brillo pads and abrasives might make them hair lined.

    If all you want to do is make them shiny, perhaps a dip in diluted Muriatic acid is better.
    Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area with proper protective clothing.
    Oh and be sure you add the acid to the water, not the other way around.....I think.....

    Seriously though, just leave them as is.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 70,953 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @intrepiddevildog....Welcome aboard Marine.... I know you are joking and poking the bear.... Where did you get those coins? As stated above, some look as if they were dug....Cheers, RickO

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 6,640 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Only professionals should restore [clean ] coins, as shown here. :smile:

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