How to Remove Old Glue From Coins

If you've just obtained a coin covered in glue you may want to remove it. If the coin is current legal tender, you don't need to remove the glue in order to use it. If you are collecting or displaying the coin, remove the glue carefully to help ensure that it is displayed well. If the glue is valuable, take the coin to a professional coin cleaner to remove the glue residue with damaging the coin's aged patina. In some cases, collector might also want to keep the glue on the coin, as it indicates the coin's use.

Gold and Nickel Coins

Step 1

Fill a dish with warm distilled water. Do not use tap water.

Step 2

Add 3 drops mild liquid dish soap. Do not use dish soap that contain bleach.

Step 3

Put the coin into the soapy water and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. This should soften the glue slightly.

Step 4

Remove the coin and scrub it with a soft-bristled brush until you remove the old glue residue.

Step 5

Rinse the coin with distilled water and dry it completely.

Silver Coins

Step 6

Fill a shallow bowl full of acetone. Acetone is a strong solvent that will remove old glue residue.

Step 7

Put the silver coin into the bowl.

Step 8

Let it soak until you can feel that the old glue has worn off.

Step 9

Remove the coin and rinse it completely with distilled water. Dry it off with a clean cloth.

Copper Coins

Step 10

Fill a bowl with grape oil or olive oil. Copper is a highly reactive metal that may change color if you use the wrong solvent.

Step 11

Put the coin into the grape or olive oil.

Step 12

Let it sit until the glue is loosened.

Step 13

Rub a copper coin cleaning solution onto the coin if the glue is still visible.

Step 14

Rinse the copper with distilled water and dry it completely.

Removing Tough Glue Stains

Step 15

Soak a clean cloth in rubbing alcohol. Use this process for cleaning any type of metal coin.

Step 16

Wrap the cloth around the coin and let it soak for 10 minutes.

Step 17

Remove the cloth and rub off the glue residue.

Step 18

Repeat the process until all of the glue is gone.