Jump to content

Recommended Posts


Best looking v-nickel so far. Congrats and welcome to the v-nickel club!

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yup...gotta like that!

Jim

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, kac said:

Best looking v-nickel so far. Congrats and welcome to the v-nickel club!

Thanks for the words guys.....!!!!!

I had to post this V after your "best looking so far"....  The 1892 is about average or a little better looking after cleanup than the usual dug, turd brown, highly pitted, V's or Buff's...imo.  But this V is by far the BEST looking dug V that I've ever popped and it was another turd brown V before I cleaned it up....but talk about good condition and cleaned up well.  it was found in a pile of needles under a Spruce tree and somehow avoided all the usual pitting when dug from the dirt.

PS.... been a member of the V club for many yrs and dug a few

clean v.JPG

cleanv2.JPG

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great looking Niks. You are taking turd brown niks and making them look like this?

Can you share your cleaning process? I have a few V's and Buffs that I'd like to clean up other than using lemon juice.

Thank you!!!

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, Happa54 said:

Great looking Niks. You are taking turd brown niks and making them look like this?

Can you share your cleaning process? I have a few V's and Buffs that I'd like to clean up other than using lemon juice.

Thank you!!!

 

 

DO NOT USE lemon juice, catsup, vinegar, etc. on OLD nickels... it REALLY brings out the pitting!!!!!  First off, your DUG nickels will have envirenmental damage as they just don't holdup well in the ground like silver and chances are they have no real numismatic value because of that unless a major key date so don't worry about cleaning dug nickels. Chances are they ain't worth squat over 5 cents.  On NICKELS ONLY take some steel wool and scrub the piss outta them.  Usually the steel wool is all you need but sometimes I'll take it a little further and also use an abrasive like Comet or Bon Ami on a nickel depending on condition.  Lots of nickels are almost too far gone and heavily pitted to justify any further attempts to clean...they're shot, period.  The steel wool scrub will allow you to see actually how bad, pitted wise, the nickel is.  The 1892 above was only cleaned with steel wool....the 1910 was NOT cleaned with steel wool because I saw no damage, pitting wise, and I didn't want to chance damaging a good condition coin so I just rubbed it by hand with Bon Ami to clean off the brown....but this is the ONLY nickel I've cleaned that WASN"T scrubbed with steel wool first.  DO NOT use the wool on war nickels or any silver coin or penny.  I use other methods for silver and copper coins.  If you have a bunch of modern nickels then you can use the vinegar/salt method and throw then all together and shake em up.  Always clean coin types separately....pennies with only pennies, clad with clad, nickels with nickels...never mix em up.  Certain coins I use chemicals on if the above doesn't work but rarely and I won't go into that now.  Always remember that once you start to clean a coin you can't unclean...so be careful not to take it too far.  Here's my last season of cleaned "keeper" nickels from my coin shooting days 5 years ago.  You can see a lot of pitting on many of those but some cleaned up nicely...imo????

P1200007[1].JPG

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, oneguy said:

If you have a bunch of modern nickels then you can use the vinegar/salt method and throw then all together and shake em up.

Can you elaborate on this method, please (e.g., how much salt do you add to the vinegar?)

16 hours ago, oneguy said:

Certain coins I use chemicals on if the above doesn't work but rarely and I won't go into that now.

Please post about it separately, then.  Here's a recent thread on the topic, didn't see you post in it so share your knowledge if you are willing.  Thanks.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

just take a small container (plastic vitamin jar is what I use)….put the nickels and Dawn dish soap/water in and shake em up....rinse them off good then just add enough vinegar to cover coins and add a little salt (doesn't take much) and shake em all up then rinse.  Cleans em up pretty good and they'll go thru the coinstar or spend em….

One thing I didn't mention above is I separate my copper pennies from the zinc pennies also....Usually just use Dawn on the coppers and the zinc ones I do the vinegar/salt thing...…  

Not gonna go into the chemical stuff as I rarely use it and each coin is different in condition(s) so it's too hard to try and explain with any accuracy????  Steel wool should take care of 95% of your needs on nickels.....sorry

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 4/30/2020 at 3:55 PM, oneguy said:

Popped a V-nickel out while detecting tailings pile for gold.  It cleaned up pretty good for a dug V.  When I used to coin-shoot V's were my favorite to dig for some reason?  This is my 2nd V from this area while looking for nuggs…..  I'll take it...lol

v.JPG

Great V! Haven’t gotten one of those in a couple years....congrats!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Going to try that, I have some super fine xxxx steel wool I use on pewter. Thanks!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By phrunt
      I've been wanting to take the QED to the beach for a while now, it has a Mode 11 beach mode which is very deep, its essentially just a mode that has ground balance disabled at 7.5uS pulse delay.
      The beach I went to was only just over an hour and a half from home.  I live about as far from a beach possible in NZ.  I also wanted to try out my new Fisher F-Pulse pinpointer as it's meant to handle salt water beaches, my Garrett Carrot AT doesn't, last time I tried to use it on the beach the wet sand was setting it off like mad and it would not balance to the wet sand.
      The good news is the F-pulse worked fine, handled the wet sand well.
      I took a photo of my QED all geared up ready to detect.

      The weather was shocking, About 3 degrees with snow on the forecast for later tonight, strong wind and showers was what I was dealing with.  I was going to be near the beach which is why I took my detector, the purpose of the trip wasn't to go detecting, the detecting was just a bonus.  I decided I'd put the X-Coils 15" spiral coil on it as it's my biggest GPX coil, it's also very sensitive and deep so seemed a good fit.  This beach is just huge and people spread out all along it as you're allowed to drive your cars on it, so there is no "good busy spot" like on normal beaches. 
      On the dry sand Mode 11 (Disabled Ground Balance) worked well, it was perfect actually and I was digging deep bottle caps.  I'm more of a discrimination type person so was getting pretty annoyed digging junk.  I was however surprised how deep I was digging these bottle caps.  It felt like I was regularly digging junk at 12".  I got sick of that real quick so I jumped back in my car and drove down closer to the water, I was using my car as a bit of a wind break the weather was that bad.
      As I was closer to the water I was no longer able to use Mode 11, the no GB mode, it's my first time using the QED where I've had a response from the ground raising and lowering my coil.  I'm not used to bad ground 🙂  The beach has a fair bit of black sand, not terrible like some of NZ's beaches that are virtually pure black sand.
      I ended up having to go to Mode 5 with a gain of 6, settings I've never used before, I always run things flat out but I didn't like the ground response I was getting, If I kept the coil level to the ground the No GB mode worked OK, although I wasn't sure if that would mean depth would be affected so I wanted to be balanced,  I was able to ground balance now after a bit of fiddling around with manual ground balance.  I'm not good at dealing with bad ground, it's something I'm not used to at all.
      My first target as I got down near the water was an old NZ 2 cent coin, then a rusty old beer bottle cap and a few pull tabs and an old rusty weird looking bit of scrap metal and a few more bottle caps and then....... to my surprise a coin I've only found two of in my entire time detecting, a NZ silver florin!!!! from 1933 too, the first year NZ made a Florin and a harder to get date.  I went to take a photo and my damn phone was flat!  It was deep too, I tilted my coil sideways in the big hole I dug with my scoop and it was almost the depth of my coil, and the coil is a 15" coil.  I took these photos of it when I got home.


      It's not all nice and shiny silver like the coins I find in the grass, I will try clean it up a bit somehow.  My silvers from the sports fields always come up looking new.
      I decided to leave after that, the weather was getting to me and the wind was freezing.  I had achieved what I wanted to do, test the QED out on the beach.  It worked well enough, certainly deep and good ground coverage with such a big coil, I'd rather use a detector with discrimination and Target ID's for beach hunts though.
    • By The Seeker
      I got out for two fun hunts and didn’t go home empty handed this time.  The first hunt yielded all the older coins and the junk ring.  My hunt today yielded a couple clad coins and a 3.2 gram 14k cross. Good luck and stay safe.



    • By steveg
      This is why I like vacationing back home in Pennsylvania!  🙂  I only dug two coins today, on a two-hour hunt at the site of what used to be a mid 1800s church, but is now just forest, and a small, old, adjacent cemetery...

      --Steve



    • By normmcq
      I went back to an area that I had been over with my 3030 at least two times, this time with the NOX 800 and came away with this nice Barber. It wasn't deep, just next to a piece of trash too close for the CTX to separate. 
                                                                                                              Norm


    • By Bash
      So I've been getting a lot of clad coins with both the Equinox and the Vanquish 440 in the local parks, but even in the older ones, silver coins have escaped me for a couple of months now.  In between thunderstorms this afternoon, I hit the neighbor's parking strip, and in less than ten minutes, I pulled two silvers and a wheatie!  My first silver quarter, AND my first Canadian silver. The quarter is pretty trashed, but I'm glad just the same!
      Felt good to break the slump!




    • By mn90403
      She was looking for gold nuggets in the Golden Triangle and found these instead ...
      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8472753/Amateur-metal-detector-finds-FOURTEEN-extremely-valuable-sovereign-coins.html
×
×
  • Create New...