Earth deposits - to wash or leave?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by SwK, May 30, 2016.

  1. SwK

    SwK Junior Member

    To wash or leave an untouched coin? that is the question. Marcus-Aurilius-obv+rev.jpg
    Marcus Aurelius AD 169 - AD 170
    Bronze Roman Imperial Sestertius AD December 169
    Head of Marcus Aurelius, laureate, right
    OBV: Head of Marcus, laureate, r. Leg: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII (l. up, r. down, As unbarred) REV: Marcus, in military dress, on horse pacing r., holding transverse spear. In front, soldier, helmeted, standing front, holding transverse spear and shield. Behind, three soldiers, helmeted, standing r., two holding aquilae and one holding spear. Leg: COS III (above) PROFECTIO AVG SC (in two lines in exergue)
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  3. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    Leave it. Those deposits contrast nicely with the patina. She is a beauty as is.
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  4. Hispanicus

    Hispanicus Stand Fast!

    Stunning coin! I say leave the deposits.
  5. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    I would leave it alone. Once you start cleaning it you never know how it will turn out. I have cleaned 100s of ancients and it is always something of a crap shoot.
  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Cleaning the small deposits will leave a coin that will be questioned as possibly smoothed. The scatter makes it look legitimate. As i is there is a place behind the head that looks like the cleaning went too deep. It is easy to go too far.
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  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    I believe in leaving it. Unless it's something truly drastic. I like to think it adds character and many of times, attractiveness.

    The OP coin is lovely!
  8. Ancientnoob

    Ancientnoob Money Changer

    Awesome Awesome Awesome - Dont touch it.
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  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I think it is probably unanimous. Leave it as is!!
  10. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    what everyone else said!

    great looking coin!
  11. nicholasz219

    nicholasz219 Well-Known Member

    I agree. Unless there is bronze disease, I say leave it. Easy to mess up a great coin and if doing no harm, it does not detract from the coin at all.
  12. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic Supporter

    It's an ancient coin, it should look ancient. Leave it as is.
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  13. brandon spiegel

    brandon spiegel Brandon Spiegel

    I would also say leave it as it is, the earth deposits provide a description of a part of the coins history, and eye appeal.
  14. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    I wouldn't clean it but I would carefully inspect the light green spots. They look a bit powdery. Hope I'm wrong. If powdery (bronze disease), I'd soak the coin in distilled water, lightly brush or pick at the BD spots, dry well, and treat with Verdicare. Store the coin with a desiccant or in an otherwise humidity-controlled environment, and check those spots often.

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    For a coin of this caliber it may be best to have a professional conservator do any treating.
  15. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

    Stunning, the deposits highlight it beautifully.
  16. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Its awesome as is
  17. Carthago

    Carthago Does this look infected to you? Supporter

    Leave it. Looks cool.
  18. Brian Bucklan

    Brian Bucklan Well-Known Member

    Assuming no bronze disease, I would just leave it alone. I definitely think the earthen look contrast adds value to many ancient bronze coins.
  19. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    It's still 100%......I'd leave it just as it is!!! It's gorgeous and looks ancient!!!
  20. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    I would monitor for change first, and only then treat for BD. Sometimes one can remove the powder using dry brushes and treat the cause (humidity) and the BD will never reappear, which has happened with a few of my coins.
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  21. New Windsor Bill

    New Windsor Bill Well-Known Member

    Nice parakeet, does he talk?
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