A Hairy Situation For Marcus Agrippa

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Numisnewbiest, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    I saw an example of the very common Marcus Agrippa coin issued by Caligula, but I've never seen "stuff" like this on an ancient coin. What is it? Is it something to worry about? There are more little white hairs all over the coin, too.

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  3. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I suspect is it threads from a buffing cloth.
  4. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    Would that just take a good soak in distilled water and a light brushing to remove?
  5. fomovore

    fomovore Supporter! Supporter

    Is that "stuff" soft or hard? It may be something like Renaissance wax.
  6. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    I don't know - the picture is from a listing for the coin.
  7. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    Looks like the coin was coated with wax at some point. It's probably harmless. I think a short acetone bath would remove the wax if it bothered you.
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  8. svessien

    svessien Senior Member Supporter

    I second @gsimonel
    It’s probably coming from a cotton pin, a cloth or a brush. This can get stuck even though no wax has been involved. Try distilled water first, then acetone if there is wax on the coin. I wouldn’t worry about it.
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