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Zero Eyed Bart

Does anyone know how to shine up Sacajawea dollars

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I love them little gold coins. They're glint makes me want to stack them in piles and count them over and over and over again. Then I want to form a big pile and just roll around in them, sprinkling little sacajaweas over me body.

but they've been getting dull.

does anybody know how to put the glint back in a gold dollar?

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Ah leave them in the bottom of your rum and coke over day an' by night they will be shining like a captain's eyes after a good spankin'

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Dip 'em in gold? I'm afraid the goldtone on them isn't tarnish, Bart. It wears off with exposure to your hands. There is actually no gold in the coins. Gold doesn't tarnish. The composition of the Sacagewea dollar is:

88.5% copper

6.0% zinc

3.5% manganese

2% nickel

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@Buxom

Can you drink the rum and coke afterwords? '

nevermind, I'll try it :blink:

@Kass

so's how do we get the glint back in:

88.5% copper

6.0% zinc

3.5% manganese

2% nickel

is what I'm after...

maybe I won't be trying that sacajawea style rum and coke after all

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Toothpaste is the answer to all. :blink:

Toothpaste is one of the best metal polishes I've ever used, except for cleaning copper-bottomed cookware. For that, I use salt and lemon juice. :)

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The coins are brass. Brass tarnishes (oxidizes) in contact with human skin.

The answer is simplicity itself: Brasso. It's available in hardware, grocery and convenience stores everywhere. Apply a little, rub in with a cloth or paper towel, then wipe it off. Just like new.

Brasso is a bit nasty on your hands, however, so you will want to use gloves or at least wash them thoroughly when you are done.

Alternative: A pencil eraser. Rub it on the coin, and it remove the tarnish. However, that is because it is slightly abrasive (ultimately not good for the coin, but the adverse effects are minimal), and the excessive rubbing involved really only works for one or two coins. For more, I recommend Brasso. It works great, especially since that's what it was made to do: shine brass.

Toothpaste works the same way: because it is abrasive.

I take a pouch of 20 to 40 dollar coins with me to every Pirate event (Civil War reenactments, too). They make great-looking "doubloons" (or CW $20 gold pieces), and you can actually purchase stuff with them. I try to shine them up all nice and purdy like before each event.

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@Kass

so's how do we get the glint back in:

88.5% copper

6.0% zinc

3.5% manganese

2% nickel

is what I'm after...

maybe I won't be trying that sacajawea style rum and coke after all

The Mint website says that the parts of the coin exposed to frequent handling will brighten from abrasion. So an abrasive is called for. Toothpaste is a good one. Brasso is probably better. A polish with a jeweler's cloth would do it too.

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I wish I had the time to clean my money... :blink:B)

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Captain, don't you have people... I mean "children"... for that? :blink:B)B)

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I wish I had the time to clean my money... B)B)

I thought money laundering was illegal.

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Toothpaste is one of the best metal polishes I've ever used, except for cleaning copper-bottomed cookware.  For that, I use salt and lemon juice.  :)

You can always spot a cook...

And since Sacagawea Dollars are 88.5% copper...

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I thought money laundering was illegal.

Uh.... pirate.

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I thought money laundering was illegal.

Uh.... pirate.

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

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Brasso great! Toothpaste (non gel type) works good too. Also toothpaste is excellant for shining up gemstones in rings and such.

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Windex is great for gems too. Pour a little windex in a Dixie cup or some small container and let the rings or earring soak in it. It apparently cuts the grease that comes from contact with your body and they come out of the cup shining and sparkling! B)

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