Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1838 large penny

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Not in great condition but has a W stamped (as if branded in)in the center of the front and on the reverse side.  Any idea what the significance of this would be?  Is there any way to clean the almost 200 years of build up on the coin safely and effectively?  Thanks so much for your time.

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Hi Jayne,

The W was stamped into the coin after it left the mint, in essence, destroying any collector value.

As for cleaning it, you can't diminish the value anymore.  I would try soaking it in acetone (nail polish remover) to remove any surface dirt.  Then just use some copper cleaner.  Again, the value has been ruined so you won't be hurting it.

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Joe Hylas

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Numismatic professional with over 30 years experience can answer your questions about US coins, their values, how best to sell them and where to buy them. Interested in starting a collection? Find out which areas are undervalued and how to acquire those coins at the best price.

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Ex-Head Precious Metals trader for Deak-Perera International with 42 offices worldwide. Industry experience since 1978. Has worked co-operatively with US Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, Austrian Mint, Chamber of Mines of South Africa, World Gold Council and Platinum Guild International. Professioanl numismatist specializing in US Coins. Always buying collections, will travel if size of collection warrants. Website: www.AllCoins.US

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