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Old 08-18-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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I need to clean a silver dollar, what should I use?
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:18 PM   #3
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I've heard vineger and water but try google to confirm. Maybe metal polish?
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If its tarnished, toothpaste works pretty good at cleaning it up.
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Be aware that cleaning any collectable coin will ruin its value.

A cleaned silver coin is only worth its "melt" value. Meaning the amount of silver in it.

It is the same with collectable firearms. If they are re blued etc. collectable value is gone.

If it is a common dated silver dollar and not a CC mint mark. You can gentle clean it with baking soda and a tooth brush. It won't affect the value of a common date silver dollar.

If it is a common date and mint. There are tons of silver polishing methods out there. Some jewelery dip cleaners will work.

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Old 08-18-2010, 07:48 PM   #6
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It is a 1904 Morgan that I had in a belt buckle for years. Forgot I even had it, took it out of the buckle and it is dirty so I thought I would clean it up. I assume it won't hurt the value since it is "circulated"???
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:29 PM   #7
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I would not worry about cleaning that at all.. since its been in a belt buckle all those years.

I use Either mothers metal polish or believe it or not.. Brasso. Brasso has given me some nice shine on some very tarnished silver bars.. and since I like the bars shiny, and they are not collectible.. I will shine the dirty ones I get up
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:46 PM   #8
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Also, some pre-charged jewelry polishing cloths would work nicely. But generaly cleaning coins is a BAD idea, but this is an exception.
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There were just under 3 million of the 1904 minted.

Prices in 2008 for one like yours was around $30.

Since then silver has jumped four fold, so you can get an idea. Silver is hovering around $18 an ounce.

Rare coins come in all conditions and are priced accordingly.

Cleaning a coin is never a good idea, until it has been researched. Many a good find has been de valued greatly, because the owner did not know, not to clean coins.

It is safe for you to use any of the methods mentioned to clean it. It will not affect the value of the silver dollar you have.

1904s are in gen. a little less common, but by no means rare.

For comparison.
The 1921 Morgan has 44 million minted.
D mint, over 20 million
S mint, about 22 million
Total almost 90 million 1921s
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I've got 2 Morgans and I've never cleaned them. One has my Grandfather's birthdate, 1880, and the other is a 1923...and it's "dirtier" than the 1880. I don't need to appraise them because I'm not looking to sell them nor do I plan to display or show them anywhere.
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