Saturday, 10 June 2017

Since 1938, this hotel has employed a dedicated coin washer to shine the coins of its guests

 To rid the coins of the birdshot, Rob Holsen runs them over a large sifting device.Rob Holsen may be the only professional coin washer in the United States. He washes coins for the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square, San Francisco, Calif., a tradition which began to keep ladies white gloves from getting tarnished back in the 1930s.

 The final process has Rob Holsen placing the coins in a sorter which puts them in paper rolls to be used throughout the hotel .

 Inside the coin washing room, Rob Holsen uses heat lamps to dry some coins before putting them in roles . On the wall is a picture of his predecessor Arnold Batliner.
 The coin washer uses birdshot and soap to clean and make the coins look like 
 Rob Holsen locks up the coin washing room after another batch of coins is cleaned.
 Pictures of ladies with white gloves adorn the coin washing room at the Westin St. Francis hotel.
Rob Holsen lifts the coin washing machine to reveal brownish aerated soap which is caused by the washing of coins.


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