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The Best Way to Clean Coins

When finding old coins which have been under earth for quite a long time, you may ask yourself how to get rid of dirt, corrosion and patina. There are several methods one can use to clean finds. Ideally, you try out different methods to find the perfect one.

In the following, you will learn about different cleaning methods and some important additional information.

Should You Clean Old Coins?

Firstly, it is crucial to talk about the purpose of cleaning old coins. One might think it’s necessary to have clean and shiny coins.

However, this is not the case. In general, you should not clean every historical object! Oftentimes, cleaning a coin can destroy the surface and the coin gets useless. In case, you aren’t sure whether the find is super rare or not, go to a professional with a lot of experience.

Maybe you have found a treasure and destroy it by trying to get rid of the “dirt”. Above this, many coin collectors highly value coins with patina or other characteristics.

Oftentimes, this implies a historical background and uniqueness.

Therefore, keep in mind that coins are unique and worthy because of there historical background. A polished coin does not represent the time the coin has been under earth. Neither would you equip a vintage car with new and inappropriate parts.

The Best Way To Clean Coins

If you are sure that you are not dealing with a unique artifact, there are many methods one can try.

Baking Soda:

One of the best known method to clean metal objects is Baking Soda. It works best on Silver Coins

Each and every one has it at home or can buy it cheaply. First step is to remove any dirt which covers the coin. Use water and a towel to do this.

Following to this, you start applying the baking soda to both sides of the coins. To clean the coin effectively, using a toothbrush can be quite good. This allows you to clean every part accurately.

Last but not least, rinse the remaining baking soda off and pat the coins dry with a towel.

Clean Coins with Vinegar:

Just like baking soda, everyone uses vinegar.

When dealing with acidic liquids, it is always better to use cleaning gloves. When it comes to vinegar, the best thing one can do is using white vinegar.

First step is to take a glass or any kind of bowl. In case, you have several coins and use a bigger bowl, make sure that you do not use too much vinegar. The only thing which has to be covered are the coins. Thus, do not waste too much vinegar.

There is no exact time the coins have to be covered with vinegar. The time it needs to remove the dirt depends on materials and the degree of soiling.

Therefore, start with 20 minutes. After that time, take a toothbrush and start brushing the coins carefully. Do not put too much pressure on it. Filigree motifs can be scratched and damaged easily, be careful!

If the coins are not cleaner, put them back in the vinegar and wait several hours or even a whole day.

Make sure to rinse the coins off with water after using white vinegar.

No Risks – Soap or Olive Oil

If you are not sure whether the coins are valuable and rare or not, using soft cleaning methods like soap or olive oil might be the perfect solution.

Using Soap to clean coins is quite easy. Just put some liquid soap into a glass or bowl and add the coins you want to clean.

Pour warm water in the bowl and start moving the coins by using a small wooden stick. Using a spoon or any other metal object might not be ideal and could damage and scratch the coins.

Moreover, using distilled water is oftentimes better than normal water. Distilled water does not contain chloride and is therefore perfect when it comes to cleaning.

Make sure that both sides of the coins are wet and keep moving them in the water. Eventually, use a tissue or a cloth and remove any remaining soap and dirt.

Additionally, Olive Oil can be helpful too. Many people use it as an addition when brushing there teeth.

Therefore, using it to clean old coins is a soft method and you won’t damage anything. Just put the coins in Olive Oil and let them there for several days. It might take a bit to get significant results.

In case, you have many coins to clean, it could be quite interesting to test different methods and decide which one works best. By doing this, you don’t focus on one method and chances are higher to get awesome results.

Be a Professional – Buy a Tumbler

You think, cleaning coins is too much work and there must be an easier way? Of course!

The easiest and most professional way is to buy a tumbler. Moreover, there are magnetic tumblers which are more expensive. However, if you want to clean the coins in a professional and easy way, buying one of those machines could be a good choice!

Do not use a rock tumbler! The tumbling might damage the coins…

As mentioned earlier, you can also ask a professional coin collector for help. Asking a professional is especially recommendable when there are many coins which need to be cleaned and you are not sure if they are rare or not. In addition to this, you might also search forums or online auction platforms for further information.

 

Key Takeaways

When it comes to cleaning old coins there are several methods one can use.

Baking Soda is one of the best known method. Just apply a bit of it to both sides of the coin and start brushing carefully with a toothbrush. Clean it with water and you will be surprised!

Moreover, you can use Vinegar to clean finds. Put the coins into a bowl and cover them with vinegar. You don’t have to use that much. Depending on the soiling, it can take up to 24 hours to get significant results. Be patient!

In case, you don’t know much about the coins, using softer methods like Soap or Olive Oil can help clean the coins without damaging anything.

Last but not least, a Tumbler can be a great device for Cleaning Coins in a simple and professional way.

Above all, avoid cleaning rare and precious coins. Coin collectors pay more for coins which actually look old and unique. If you are not sure, ask somebody and search the internet.

Have Fun!

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Metal Detecting Beach – How to find Treasures on the Beach

Hanging out and Sunbathing on the Beach is one of the best things one can do! When it comes to Metal Detecting on the Beach, you can expect a lot. Obviously, people lose jewelry, money and other precious things on the beach.

The biggest advantages are definitely the digging conditions and the fabulous view while detecting. Digging in sand is usually no problem and a lot easier than digging a hole in the woods or on fields.

Therefore, you absolutely should head out to the next beach and start scanning several areas. In the following, I am going to give you the best tips regarding locations on the beach and what to have an eye on while Metal Detecting on the Beach

Bathing in Summer – Bonfires in Winter

In Summer, people tend to spend their time in or near the water. Therefore, you should scan areas near the water. Usually, even if you do not have an underwater metal detector, the lower part of your device is nearly almost waterproof.

Of course, do not forget searching the towel line. Mostly, the towel line is close to the water. If your aren’t sure where exactly to search, maybe have a quick look at the beach after lunch to find out where the towel line is.

In Winter, many people enjoy making a bonfire and a Picnic. This is perfect, because you can come to these places and scan near them to find everything which has been dropped! Certainly, you can scan areas near the water too. However, in winter, focusing on picnic and fireplaces should be the first priority.

 

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The Ocean Comes and Goes

In general, there is high tide and low tide. At High Tide, the beach is covered by more water and therefore, the beach area gets smaller. In contrast to that, water draws back at Low Tide and the covered beach during High Tide gets visible again.

When you want to find treasures when Metal Detecting on the beach, you should go out and start scanning during Low Tide. Everything, which has been washed up at High Tide lies on the beach now and it is your chance to find awesome objects.

 

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Metal Detecting on the Beach – Do’s and Dont’s

Do’s

Firstly, the slower you swing your search coil, the better your detector works. To put it simply, signals can be picked up easier, especially in high depth. Therefore, do not rush. Otherwise, you may miss some interesting stuff.

Secondly, cleaning your detector after using it on the beach is recommendable. When it comes to salt water, it is better to give it a wash. In general, take care of your searching coil. With the time, your coil gets scratched and the searching accuracy can decrease tremendously.

Beach Metal Detecting Equipment

Moreover, get yourself a Pinpointer and a Sand Scoop. When dealing with jewelry or coins, a Pinpointer is quite useful. Oftentimes, bracelets, rings and other precious objects aren’t that big. Searching without a Pinpointer is possible, but it definitely takes you much longer to locate your finds. Maybe you have to start digging several times to find the treasure, so use a Pinpointer

Obviously, a Sand Scoop is made for Sand. When using a usual shovel, you always have to search twice. Digging with a Sand Scoop let’s sand through and everything else is immediately visible. In case, you do not want to buy one, go and do it yourself.

Be Prepared!

Whenever you now there’s a Beach Party somewhere, scan the area after it to find good things. People lose a lot while partying, jumping around and having fun!

Do a good deed! When Metal Detecting on a Beach, please take a separate bag with you, where you can put in all the trash you find during scanning the beach.

The same with your treasures, have a bag with you where you can keep and transport them safely. Nothing is worse than damaged treasures!

Last but not least, try to connect with like-minded people via Online Forums etc. Oftentimes, they discuss about good places to search and maybe you find someone you can metal detect with. Doing it together or even in a group is fun!

Dont’s

Please always get a permit before scanning areas on beaches. Oftentimes, people are more than happy giving you the right to metal detect a beach, because you will definitely find trash too and thus it helps to keep the beach clean.

Another important thing to consider is to not disturb sunbathing people on the Beach. Hearing “Beep-Beep-Beep” all the time can be quite disturbing when relaxing.

For this reason, just use headphones in case the beach is crowded. In many cases, proper headphones are already included when buying a Metal Detector.

Especially when Metal Detecting on the Beach, some finds can have emotional value for those who lost them. Maybe someone proposed to his dream partner and accidentally lost the ring. If you can spot an engraving, try to google the name or search Social Media.

Key Takeaways

Metal Detecting on the Beach is basically one of the best things to do when you want to find interesting objects.

In summer, people used to hang out near and in the water. Hence, focus on areas near the water and start scanning even a little bit in the water.

In wintertime, it is also bonfire time and people usually do not prefer spending time in the water, so it is better to scan areas apart from water. Barbecue and Picnic areas are examples for such locations.

Additionally, head out to the Beach at Low Tide. At this time, a bunch of awesome objects has been washed up because of High Tade. Literally, the Ocean brings you all the stuff, you just have to find the precious things!

Also, make sure to get yourself a Sand Scoop and optionally a Pinpointer to locate your finds easily.

Separate all the trash you find while detecting on the beach and throw it away afterwards. For the treasures you find, keep them in a bag where they can not be damaged. Some Jewelry you find may have an emotional value for someone else. As soon as you have found an object with an engraving, try to find the owner by searching the web.

 

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Treasure Hunting with Magnets

When it comes to Treasure Hunting with Magnets or also called Magnet Fishing, you want to find Treasures at the bottom of Lakes, Rivers or the Ocean.

Curious people have already found a bunch of interesting objects using a magnet tied to the end of a rope. Magnet fishing is not for an impatient Treasure Hunter.

Everyone who loves being near the water will definitely enjoy this outdoor activity! Above that, it is great for kids too. They will definitely love magnet fishing.

First Steps

With every Hobby comes some equipment you need to succeed. When it comes to magnets, you will most likely find Neodymium Magnets.

Those Supermagnets are extremely strong and can pull up to 1000 lbs. You do not necessarily need the strongest one on the market, therefore a 200 lbs Magnet is fine to start with. You should also have a look at the size. Mostly, it is better having a large magnet instead of a small one. Simply because of the larger surface and thus a higher probability of finding metal objects.

You can not search a whole river with a little magnet, so just make sure to don’t choose the smallest magnet.

Moreover, get yourself some work gloves. When pulling out the rope with the magnet attached, it is better to use gloves.

Another important point is to use a strong knot when connecting the magnet to the rope. Especially when you want to pull out heavy things, it is crucial to do a proper knot.

Therefore, use the Tautline Hitch Knot when starting. This is a well-known and frequently used knot.

In addition to a rope and a strong neodymium magnet, having a bucket with you is not a bad idea. You can keep your finds there.

The Main Thing – Supermagnet

As already mentioned, having the right magnet is crucial when Treasure Hunting with Magnets.

One of the strongest Magnets are Neodymium Magnets. In relation to their size, they have an incredible pull force. These magnets are also used in the auto and electrical industry. Some magnets are plastic coated for longevity. Make sure they have an integrated lug to attach a rope. If not so, you won’t be able to fasten the magnet properly.

As a beginner, you might struggle which magnet to buy and how strong it should be. Do not overthink! When it comes to pulling force, everything over 100lbs is enough.

Length and Quality – Rope

When it comes to the rope, you should use high quality only. The best material is nylon paracord. Nylon is used in aviation as well as in sailing. It is quite durable and elastic. Depending on the location you want to Treasure Hunt with a Magnet, you should use a different length.

In case, you want to go Magnet Fishing in a river or a small lake, using a 50-70ft rope should be enough. However, if you want to magnet fish from bridges you will definitely need a longer rope. A proper rope should be about 100-150ft long.

Please make sure to dry your rope after using it. Moreover, check the rope for flaws after you have used it several times. Nothing worse than a lost magnet because of a broken rope.

 

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Locations You Should Not Miss!

The location you search may decide whether you find something great or not. Look for frequently visited places like bridges or other urban places. Indeed, you can also search less visited areas. Especially old wells, drains or mills can be quite interesting.

Maybe a brilliant treasure has been laying there for a very long time.

Have a closer look at old towns. Many of those villages have big history and could therefore hide many awesome things. As always, get a permit before magnet fishing and try not to annoy anyone while enjoying your hobby.

As soon as the magnet touches the ground, do not pull to fast. By doing this, you risk to miss somethings and your magnet may lose contact to the ground. Just pull slowly and be patient.

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What Can You Expect? – Treasure Hunting Finds

You can find a lot of different items when fishing with a magnet. Many people have found guns, bullets, tools, road signs, precious metals and even bicycles! In case, you want to discover more hidden places, go and ask the elderly.

Oftentimes, they know so much about history and give you advice to find some interesting locations. Moreover, you can search in online in forums for advice. Most people love to share their knowledge or go in groups which is even more fun. Indeed, you can find money too. Maybe someone threw a box filled with gold or money in a river to hide it from someone. You never know…

Important!

Whenever you go fishing with magnets, consider the local laws. Even more importantly, do not bother animals or people while magnet fishing. Do not search in conservation areas where you could disturb animals threatened with extinction. When fishing from a bridge, be aware of ships and swimmers. A Supermagnet is quite heavy and might hit something.

However, you also have a positive impact on the environment when pulling out metal things from waters. You can use an extra bucket to put in all the trash you find to throw it away later on.

As already mentioned, neodymium magnets can pull up to 1000lbs. This means, be careful when handling with it. Do never put two magnets together. You might not only hurt your hand but your magnets will break too. Additionally, do not put your magnet on big metal surfaces, otherwise you may be not able to remove the magnet. Pay attention!