I Need Help Cleaning An Old Coin…….

What I have below is an 1842 1/2 Cent (1840-1857).

my apologies for the ungood photos, but that is literally the color of the coin.

We found this coin at my dad’s house 20 years ago digging along the original flagstone foundation when a new well was being dug.  The old well was a 40 foot deep hand dug well and If I remember correctly, the new well went down to almost 400 feet.  I remember many a time helping my dad re-prime the well after the power went out.

I know cleaning coins such as this destroys the value of the coin, but that is not a concern to me.  To me, this is just one of the few really cool things from the old family farm.  We had the property 1890-2021.

Any ideas or tips for cleaning the coin below?

6 comments on “I Need Help Cleaning An Old Coin…….

  1. Bob says:

    I’ve used vinegar to clean up coins before. If it’s really gunky I have used a mild jeweler cleaner. Also an old toothbrush and a little toothpaste will clean it up good.

  2. ruralcounsel says:

    Toothpaste is more of an abrasive; contains silica. It will damage the coin.

  3. Nolan Parker says:

    Don’t do it!!
    Get it appraised before you TOUCH it.

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