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« on: March 09, 2018, 09:24:22 PM »

Found this 1797 'cart-wheel' Georgian penny. Its a bit worn, but was wondering it I should clean it or leave it be. Not sure what the metal is so any suggestions welcome
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2018, 12:00:59 AM »

The metal is pure copper.

There were millions of these struck, so - in my opinion - it's a bit up to you.

With some of these I've given them a very light sand - with a fine grit - in that way you smooth the surfaces out a bit - if you were to clean it with an acid you would leave a worse surface - I've not had one of these that I have cleaned with acid that have ever looked much better - although I usually only clean these this way if they are heavily verdigrised.

Some would suggest that you should not clean - for something like this, which is not in collectible condition use your judgement.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2018, 03:53:30 PM »

Thanks for the input Probono,
Its one of my first coins that wasn't an elizabethan penny so although its worthless i quite like it. I'll probably leave it as is if theres a good chance it'll get worse
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