Cleaning Advice: Arcadius Bronze

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  1. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member


    Arcadius Follis Obverse.JPG


    Arcadius Follis Reverse.JPG

    392 - 395 A.D.
    Obverse: AD. D N ARCADIVS P F AVG
    RIC IX 68c
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  3. fomovore

    fomovore Supporter! Supporter

    By cleaning, do you mean getting rid of the brown incrustations?
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  4. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Distilled water soak for a few days to a week. Followed by a soft scrub with that old tooth brush you have laying around.

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  5. fomovore

    fomovore Supporter! Supporter

    Then, I second the distilled water/gentle mechanical scrubbing approach. I think everything else will change the patina color.
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  6. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..i smiled like a baby at that thar one...yuk yuk! :woot: smile 001.JPG ...ok...back 2 pappy yon & pizza...:D
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  7. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    As an inveterate coin cleaner, I'd be very careful with that one. From the photo--that's all I have to go by--it looks like the coin has a fragile, green patina, with the brown part underneath. If this is the case, then cleaning the coin and removing the green will remove most of the detail.

    If, however, the brown is actually covering the green, then yes, distilled water soaks alternated with gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush and dish-washing liquid might be helpful.
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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Kind of a tough one. AE2 of Arcadius. I've done some cleaning of similar encrustations and also have had my best luck by mechanical means, e.g. water soak, toothbrush, dental pick. I would not try olive oil or liquid descaler which is sometimes recommended.
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  9. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    I've never cleaned any ancient coins before. I personally wouldn't mind waiting for a few more members to chime in. However, at this point, I'm certainly leaning towards not cleaning it.
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