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Wow — the coin looks so much better!

TeddyTalksTeddyTalks Posts: 67 ✭✭
edited January 30, 2024 4:40AM in U.S. Coin Forum

Thank you guys very much — I can’t believe how improved this coin looks! I choose a really bad one to start, and it’s improved so much it’s giving me hope for the coins that only have a little damage.

After everyone’s suggestions, what I ended up doing:

  • soaking for 4 hours in Acetone, then flipping them over into a different glass container with fresh acetone, soaking for another 4 hours

  • after the acetone, straight into distilled water

  • sat in distilled water for an hour

  • then a tap water run with a little Dawn dish soap

  • then E-Zest: this was the tricky part…this coin was so bad (the face was just smeared bad), I ended up doing two ten second dips.

There’s still a little milkish spots, but I didn’t want to risk loosing the luster so I didn’t dip it a third time.

As it is, I’m super super happy with this coin — after the Acetone bath, the coin still looked terrible, so I was losing hope, but then the ezest worked so well, I’m wondering if the acetone got off a layer of plastic (or whatever), which allowed the ezest to work better than it did before (?) 🤔

Either way, I can’t believe how improved this coin is…next time I’m gonna both before and after shots (my previous discussion has one of my coins, which is the general idea for all of them)

One down, another 199 to go 🤪


  • 👆those dirty photos aren’t the same coin (the coin at the top actually was much worse), but for anyone who didn’t see my original post, I’m posting them here to give you a general idea of what the before was like

  • Coin #2

    The dirty photos were taken after the 8 hour Acetone bath but before the EZest.

    Since these are experimental coins, I dipped this one twice for 12 seconds each time. (I put a glass of water in the microwave, and use the microwave at 20 seconds to count down then dip it, so I know the count is the same each time.)

    Before photos:

  • After two 12 second Ezest dips:

  • This is a better photo of the Obverse: the coin still has spots on it, but they’re not as bad as they were before…

    Just looking at the coin without a loop, it actually looks really nice (especially the Reverse, which almost looks perfect).

    Before the restoration, the coin looked really disgusting (and smelled funny too), now they’re nice…not to be graded, but they’re nice to have in an album of Kennedy dollars or whatever a causal collector would need ❤️

  • jacrispiesjacrispies Posts: 645 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Holy moly you dipped a coin for 24 seconds??? Whatever treatment you did with the acetone was pointless because you acid etched the surfaces! That'll take most of the luster away.

    I stick with a one second dip or dilute the solution to soften the effect.

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  • GaCoinGuyGaCoinGuy Posts: 2,678 ✭✭✭✭

    Dip quick...multiple times if needed. If a coin I was dipping needed more than a couple dips, I would rinse well with HOT distilled water between dips.


  • horseyridehorseyride Posts: 114 ✭✭✭
    edited January 30, 2024 12:26PM

    Not sure it wont be ruined, but from far, looks nice

  • percybpercyb Posts: 3,295 ✭✭✭

    Looks good but the luster may be gone in short order. Hopefully not tho…

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  • Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 679 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 30, 2024 2:09PM

    Fortunately for you it's not a big dollar coin. I would suggest a dip no longer than a count of 5 tops.
    If you decide to stick with this hobby I suggest you learn about chemicals. Mistakes can sometimes be very expensive.
    I always hesitate to use ezest because it's an acid that eats away at luster. It is to be used conservatively.

    Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars

  • 2-3 seconds max is my rule x 2 dips if necessary, with hefty pure acetone and distilled water dips in between. But to each their own. 👍🏻

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