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Acid Dip

Acid Dip.  A method of cleaning metal by immersing in a mild acid solution. It is used in medallic work as a bright dip, certain finishing operations, or in cleaning. Also called acid bath.  See pickle, pickling.

This unusual acid-etched medal was made by photoetching from black-and-white images. Etched on one side of an aluminum sheet, it is turned over for etching the reverse with exact positioning. Numerous pieces are arranged on a large plate. Color is added by paint in the sunken etched areas. It is not a popular method of medal manufacture.

excerpted with permission from

An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators


Roger W. Burdette, Editor

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