This Is How I Clean Old Silver Coins (Without Chemicals)

I use a toothpick. A cosmetic brush. I cut it short to make it harder. I will be using a smaller one. A magnifying glass. I found two silver coins on one of my last metal detecting trips. Both were soaked for one day in distilled water. I will clean this one from 1769. Let’s begin… The coin is still wet. I dip the brush in water every time I use it. The scratches you see, were already there underneath the dirt. I’m using a nail file, to create a flat spot on the tip of the toothpick. I try to touch the soil (very gently). Just to move it a little bit. The coin stays always wet. This coin was not difficult to clean (compared to my other ones). But because of a thin layer of dirt, I had to be very careful. You can use the settings button to speed up the video (if you like). What doesn’t come off, can stay (for now). The other side… You probably ask yourself the whole time, if the brush has to be pink. The answer is: Yes. A fresh drop of water. Water adds contrast, you can see the dirt much better. It also prevents the toothpick from scratching the coin. And it keeps the soil loose. The “final” result.

57 thoughts on “This Is How I Clean Old Silver Coins (Without Chemicals)

  1. Další velmi zajímavý a šetrný způsob čištění Ag mincí,budu tuto metodu také muset odzkoušet.Děkuji za hezky zpracovaný návod a způsob čištění těchto minci,moc se mi líbí.

  2. Ja es ist schon ein Wahnsinn welch eine Arbeit darin steckt solche alten münzen so zu reinigen das man die Beschädigungen in Grenzen hält, Grad wenn sie schon beim Fund in nicht dem besten Zustand sind ,gilt natürlich für alle 'besseren' Fundstücke. Ungewohnt aber super zum anschauen dieser Blick in diese Seite des sondengehens ' super😉😉 und bis zum nächsten

  3. Very nice job, Wow those are real old coin's and very nice find's.
    Thank You for sharing this, and it's a pleasure viewing your cleaning
    technique's . Have a great day.

  4. A further example of your patience. Initially you are using the dirt as an abrasive so care needed there. I'd be tempted to try a sonic toothbrush. Anyone tried this? About 30,00 strokes a minute. Not to be confused with a sonic screwdriver. Who suggested that? Doctor?

  5. Thank you for this. There are a lot of different methods and conflicting information on each. I like the way these examples preserve that dug look to a small degree.

  6. Klasse!! Sehr gerne mehr davon — meditativ und lehrreich zugleich. Möge Dir das alte, dünne Waldsilber niemals ausgehen! 🙂 Danke.

  7. I enjoyed watching "the artist" in action!! The way you do things tells me you are a professional archeologist, or something very close to it!!

  8. Good info in this vid,,I do the same exact pretty much,except I just break the toothpick to make it dull,and pretty much just do the same as your doing!! Thanks for getting this info out there!!GL/HH

  9. Very good video. Enjoyed it. Was nice to see the change happen right before your eyes 🙂
    Thanks for the good info. I cast my vote! 🙂

  10. Thank you very much for showing your cleaning method. Those crusty coins came up beautiful after the dirt removal you did. May you find many more silver coins in future hunts. HH

  11. Thank you for all the comments. I forgot to mention that I used cosmetic brushes. The synthetic hair is very thin. You can "adjust" the hardness to your liking by cutting the brush. I used this set, but I'm sure there are thousands similar:

  12. Thanks – nice video.
    Would you ever consider using an ultrasonic cleaner for old silver coins to remove the dirt?

  13. I appreciate the video, nice job! Do you have one or could you make one with the cleaning of a copper coin? because I find those really hard to clean without damaging the patina. Thank you!

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