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I used to clean pennies with salt and vinegar when I was a kid, but most of the time I would neglect to rinse them off afterwards, and they'd end up getting a blue crust on them, like what happened to the Statue of Liberty once it got exposed to the salty Atlantic air. So it ended up being an unintentional science experiment.


That's where the baking soda comes in. It polishes nicely and ensures a complete rinse. I left a few in the salt and vinegar too long and they got sort of eroded, with tiny pocks on the surface.

I bought those collector books for all the pennies. The early books don't have many in them yet, but I'm only missing six pennies from 1959 to present. It can be really hard to distinguish D from S on some coins. I bought the books to help me get rid of all the pennies. I get sentimental about the older coins and want to hang on to them. If I've got one of each that should let me let go easier. At least that is the plan. Sigh, the life of an obsessive-compulsive ain't easy.

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