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Activated Surface

Activated Surface. A chemical change to the metal surface of a numismatic item which renders it susceptible to oxidation, toning or tarnish by natural processes. Cleaning agents are most notorious for leaving such a state on numismatic items (and is one reason why inexperienced persons should never clean numismatic objects). Such chemicals are called surfactantz, surface active agents. Some metal cleaning procedures, notably bright dip, leave the surface in an activated condition.

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Source: D. Wayne Johnson Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology
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