Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Basileus Antialcidas, Sep 25, 2021.
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I'm happy with this one, cleaning it would be a sin:
Thiosulfate for the horn silver, but I wouldn’t mess with it
That's a nice tetradrachm with original hoard patina which in my view makes it quite desirable, compared to the masses of cleaned and over-cleaned coins on the market these days.
I have much less experience than most here, but I think you have a very beautiful coin as is!
and so doing so would destroy the rather nice toning seen on the rest of the coin. There are some other areas which may also prove to be intractable. I have not bought coins for a number of years that would require such a major cleaning as you appear to want to undertake. The key to cleaning any coin is
1. Do not do it
2, If you must. Do not rush it.
3. The most important KNOW WHEN TO QUIT
My coin with a similar surface, I have never touched it Too dangerous and too little return
Antiochos VIII Gryphos Ar Tetradrachm Antioch 100-96 BC Obv. Head right diademed Rv.Zeus Nikephoros seated left SC 2309(2)8 HGC 1197e 16.28 grms 25 mm
To me , the coin looks really handsome. I look for nicely toned coins like you found here. I would not touch it.
So did I, and gave a tip from my personal experience for the parallel universe in which one decides a cleaning is needed
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