A Justinian I Follis, Carthage, Before Ren Wax and After Ren Wax

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by robinjojo, Apr 25, 2021.

  1. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    This follis is quite encrusted, with rough surfaces. It has been a difficult coin to photograph, and I am not sure if the Ren Wax treatment has enhanced it, so I would like your opinions. I can remove the wax in an acetone bath.

    Here's the coin before treatment:

    D-Camera Justinian follis, Carthage, KAR, eBay, 8-9-20.jpg


    And here's the coin after the application of Ren Wax. The lighting for this photo was lower (cloudy day), making it appear darker. I did adjust the lighting setting in Photoshop to make the coin somewhat brighter:
    D-Camera Justinan I Follis Carthage after Ren Wax 4-25-21.jpg

    In the hand, the treated coin appears shinier than it was before the application, and viewed that way the encrusted surfaces are not as intrusive, especially on the reverse.

    There are a couple of spots on the reverse, on the right part of the "M" that are quite hard, so I do not suspect bronze disease, although I have keeping an eye on it.

    I should mention that before applying the Ren Wax the was soaked in olive oil about a month ago.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I think the RW allows a bit more contrast in the devices. I like it better
     
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  4. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks

    I'm going to leave the coin alone. I think it has had enough "intervention".
     
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  5. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    robinjojo, The wax treatment did improve the coins appearance :happy:, but "you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear" :p.
     
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  6. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    I'll settle for a goat. At least I can get some milk.
     
  7. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    I prefer the coin with renwax... brings out some additional detail.
    Nice job!
     
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