Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by MasterVampire, Oct 18, 2020.
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That's not alwasy feasible. We're not talking about modern/US coins here.
The VAST majority of ancient coins either have been cleaned in the past, or need severe cleaning.
Here are two of my personal examples.
would you rather have this:
Likewise, would you rather have this:
Disclaimer: the Commodus is the one I scratched up heavily in exergue of the reverse. However, it was among my first cleaning projects so it was a learning experience.
Damage considered, I would still much rather own and display the cleaned Commodus than the encrusted and discolored one.
I've been doing it for a few years and yes I will admit my first 1 or 2 were not really that great of a cleaning or restoration job. Its going to take patience and practice. You'll need to learn to look for details like bronze disease and weak patina. Gather up several tools as well. Toothpicks, bamboo, toothbrush, and orthodontic equipment. Rule of thumb is the harder the tool you use, the more gentle the touch is needed.
The first one below, I just finished yesterday. I realized that the patina on the rev side was a bit weak on one of the soldiers and decided to stop there before I damaged anything. The 2nd one is from a few months back.
If you have any questions or need help/advice let me know
Along with @hotwheelsearl's examples, this is where I'm coming down. You can call cleaning a 'necessary evil,' but even as such, for ancients (or that much else that's been in the ground for one or more millennia), it runs to being necessary.
Except, only by people who know what they're doing! (...Which I don't, which is why I don't.)
I think most of us has been there and learned after to never clean beyond distilled water.
My examples above required harsh and dangerous chemicals but the result was worth it
Some experts recommend soak in Olive oil if you can wait forever. . Regrettably have made a couple scratches myself-it's kinda like marking up the Declaration of Independence. Admittedly, this post is not for everybody. Newbies maybe.
PS These cheap dealers will sometimes lacquer a coin rather heavily. I suppose some consider it a type of preservative-but for me now I always remove it. Also I've noticed that it can be a red flag for them to hide some type of blemish.
Toothbrush I have yet to try. My method involves chemicals and metal picks. I don’t have much patience...
The coin is by no means ruined. it is a nice example.
Just leave it alone. Over time the scratches will tone to the same color as the surrounding areas.
Speaking of names, 'Joemama' is a classic! I used to use that phrase often but yours is legit, with a son named 'Joe'.
Separate names with a comma.