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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 7, February 13, 2022, Article 33

GLUE AND THE ART OF NUMISMATIC REPAIRS

In the krazy-koin-konservation department is this thread from the Coin Talk forum about fixing broken wooden nickels. -Editor

User paddyman98 writes:

"I recently received this Wooden Dollar in the mail by member @dwhiz .. Unfortunately it was damaged in the process of it reaching me. It broke into 3 separate pieces.

"But I found the quick fix.. Krazy Glue! Just a tiny dab and it is whole again."

  Wooden dollar broken
  Wooden dollar glued

User Dave Waterstraast writes:

"A very rare wooden planchet crack creating a scar face..."

User alurid writes:

"I prefer Elmer's wood glue myself as it does not stain."

User johnmilton writes:

"Believe it or not, there is stuff called museum glue that is used to hold coins together. I have most often seen it used for English pennies of Matilda. She was the daughter of King Henry I. She had a legitimate claim to the English throne, but the nobles would not accept a woman as their queen and sole leader.

She and her supporters fought an unsuccessful civil war to gain power. During that war, she issued poorly made pennies that are quite rare today. They are fragile and often break apart. Hence glue is used to hold them together. "

I located an article online about the coins of Matilda and reached out to dealer Allan Davisson on the issue of "museum glue". Thanks! -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Coins of the English Anarchy 1138-1153 (http://www.faintich.net/Coins_of_the_Anarchy.htm)

Allan writes:

"It's a pretty comprehensive article on that period—I have nothing to add. He has covered it well.

"I have handled a piece (possibly two—I've been at this a while). I do recall the repair. The repair on the one I handled a decade or so ago had been made with what looked like epoxy. It's tricky to work with and I have used it carefully on a small number of pieces. But the Matilda piece I handled had already been repaired. Between ground damage and the low quality of the silver damage is common with these.

"There was an illegally offered group on the market a few years ago. The finders had been trespassing and tried to evade British law. They offered bits and pieces but ended up getting caught. I think you covered this in an edition of The E-Sylum.

"I can't help with the specific term museum glue but I see when I google the term that there are a fair number of products offered that use the term."

To read the complete discussion, see:
How to fix a coin broken in 3 parts - Krazy Glue! (https://www.cointalk.com/threads/how-to-fix-a-coin-broken-in-3-parts-krazy-glue.392354/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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