COIN IS NOT INCLUDED. PRICE IS FOR 1 PIN AND 1 Pin Vice. I have pre-installed the pin into the vice for convenience (it can be removed and re-installed with a pair of pliers).
If you clean and restore ancient coins and artifacts as a hobby (or even professionally), then you've found the perfect tool! These pins are perfect for removing the dirt and grime from your coin. If used properly, one can remove the dirt from the fields as well as the devices of the coin without doing any significant damage to the patina! How is this possible? The reason why this tool is so safe is because the grit of diamond on this tool is so fine that any scratches done by the diamond are so small that it would take an incredibly high powered microscope to see them. Using the tool horizontally (parallel) with the surface of the coin and using small circular motions, you can remove expediently the dirt from the coins fields. Using the fine point at the end, one can quickly and fully remove the dirt from the lettering and details of the coin. While it may take a few rounds, eventually all of the dirt will be removed from the coin. It is recommended highly that one use a hands free magnification (such as a jewelers loupe) as well as a bright light to see clearly what they are doing. While this pin is great for everyone from the first timers to the most well seasoned pro, it is recommended that you experiment on uglier and worthless coins before tackling the more beautiful specimens (this is true of any cleaning method). This pin is intended for use on bronze and brass coins only. It CAN be used on silver and silvered coins, but it will scratch the silver, so it should only be used to fleck debris away rather than as surface cleaner. It is also not recommended to use on hard encrustations as it will reduce the effectiveness of the pin much quicker. I make no guarantees as to the results you will have on your coins.
This listing is for the pin and a double ended pin vice (which is necessary to hold the pin). These pins measure 23mm long (.906 inches) and 1.6mm wide. The pin vice measures 4 inches long without any pin.
These pins are sold as-is with the only warranty being that the pin will be as pictured and will be of high quality. They are manufactured to the HIGHEST degree of quality in Switzerland. With that being said, through normal use, eventually the diamond coating will wear out and the pin will need to be replaced (and you can obtain them here). Giving you an estimate as to the lifespan of the pins is not possible due to varying frequency and intensity of use, but you can expect to clean many coins without needing to replace it. Even after the diamond coating is gone, the pin can be used to flick away dirt and clean devices, though with much reduced effectiveness. It is normal for the tip of the pin to wear out first, while the diamond further down the shaft will remain intact. One can use the diamond on the shaft to grind the dirt on the edge of the coin after the tip has been used, but the tip will lose much of its effectiveness and you'll need to obtain a replacement.