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Old 10-09-2013, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Cleaning Silver

Is It Ok To Clean Silver Coins/Rounds That Are Not Legal Tender?

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Old 10-09-2013, 05:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I personally wouldn't recommend it as it actually can hurt their value believe it or not...
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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whether you melt clean silver or dirty silver its one price....so melt doesn't matter I guess it would come down to a collectors market for the rest
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Depends what it is, if it is a generic round I would think it doesnt matter but the coins with large premiums it might not be the best idea. Just my 2 cents
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Thanks For The Helpful Feedback Everyone
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I dont bother to clean my silver but my two cents:

US Minted Coins
- I wouldnt clean em - someone on ebay will pay a premium regardless of condition
- there is a difference between "dirty" (old gum, caked on dirt, etc) vs. toning - many collectors will pay a heavy premium for well toned coins and cleaning will strip that (and the original finish) off the coin

Bullion (generic rounds/bars)
- clean em if the dirt or toning bothers you to look at but people arent likely to grade these and therefore they are worth spot plus a small premium, no need to put lipstick on a pig
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