I think my best cleaning job yet

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  1. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector Supporter

    I think this Campgate is my best cleaning job so far. I haven't been at this long, about 2 years. With this I was able to save almost all of the Silvering. Very difficult to do, in my opinion. Starting with a dirty, crusty unknown.
    Some comments, suggestions and opinion of final grade of the coin would be appreciated.
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    Constantius II, AE3, 326-328, Thessalonica, Officina 2
    Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
    Campgate with six rows, two turrets, no doors, star above, top and
    bottom row empty blocks
    SMTSB in exergue
    19mm x 20mm, 3.96g
    RIC VII, 158
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  3. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    Great job and a nice looking coin!

    Could you tell it had silvering before you started to clean it?

    How did you clean it?

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  4. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector Supporter

    Thanks. I had no idea about the silvering when I started. In fact, I had only cleaned a couple with any silvering before. I used several soakings after a mild soap and water and light brushing. Soak in 40 Volume Peroxide, rinse and lightly brush. I had to use a diamond stylus very lightly several times along with the soaking. I think the key is the diamond stylus and extreme care. When I saw the silvering I went very slow.
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  5. DiomedesofArgos

    DiomedesofArgos Well-Known Member

    Do you have a before pic?
  6. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector Supporter

    No. I decided to do that some time back, but before this one. I wished I had but was very new at this.
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  7. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector Supporter

    Here is one I am working on that has before and after. It is typical of what I have been working with.
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  8. DiomedesofArgos

    DiomedesofArgos Well-Known Member

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  9. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector Supporter

    Thanks. Not museum quality, but works for me.
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