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In general, we take what we consider to be a very "minimalist" approach to cleaning coins. By this we mean to include three central premises:
(1) To do a proper job, each coin requires its own "treatment plan," so to speak;
(2) It is best to clean coins with the gentlest techniques possible, including beginning with "dry cleaning" before ever exposing coins to water or oil (we know many advise dumping all your coins in water or oil, or at least rinsing them upon receiving them, but we have found that many otherwise decent coins have fragile enough surfaces or other qualities that make them vulnerable to damage once in contact with liquids); and,
(3) Not every coins needs cleaning! Just because it's uncleaned doesn't mean you need to clean it!
Unlike many coin cleaners, we are very tentative and careful, even avoiding the use of distilled water and olive oil unless "dry cleaning" methods fail.