Putting the TONE in Antonine!

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  1. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    A new arrival! I couldn't resist the old cabinet toning! You know how it is!


    Let's see some toned silver!!! Post your toned treasures!

    Marcus Aurelius COS III PP Annona denarius.jpg Marcus Aurelius, Augustus AD 161-180.
    Roman AR denarius, 3.15 g, 18.1 mm, 11 h.
    Rome, 36th emission, AD 178.
    Obv: M ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head, right.
    Rev: COS III P P, Annona standing left, holding corn-ears in right hand over modius and cornucopia in left hand; to right, prow.
    Refs: RIC 424; BMCRE 691; Cohen 151; RCV 4893; MIR 436-4/30.
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  4. ominus1

    ominus1 When in Rome, do as the Romans do Supporter

  5. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

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  6. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    Impressive old cabinet toning on one of my favorite Roman emperor!
    Here's mine and some lovely toning on silver:
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  7. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Beautiful @Roman Collector ! I like Antonine denarii and I like toned silver. Win win!

    Here are a few of my favorite toners
  8. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Lovely, RC! Who doesn't like a little bit of rainbow toning.

    Antoninus Pius - Den Hands Caduceus ex Peck 3929.jpg

    Hadrian - Den Concordia Ex Meisner 3071.jpg

    Faustina II - Den Ceres ex Meisner 3073.jpg

    RR - L Cassius Longinus Voting 3482.jpg

    CRETE Gortyna - AR Stater Europa Bull 3981.jpg
  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I have very few toned treasures.

    Trajan, with what you could call artificial toning. I cleaned it with sodium hydroxide, vinegar, lemon juice, sodium thiosulfate, and a final splash of Tarn-X silver cleaner.
    The nice colors you see have since changed to a rather more dark colors, especially on the obverse.
    Trajan AR Drachm Syd Bostra 385.jpeg

    This Quintillus has some delicate blue toning on the obverse, probably not "natural" but not too egregiously artificial.
    Quintillus RIC 76.JPG

    This Vespasian has some more blue toning, again what I believe to be artificially induced. It almost looks like fire damage combined with some sulfur. Maybe burned in a acidic envelope? At least it's more stable than the Trajan.
  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Cabinet toning? Mmm... yes, please! :)

    An-tone-ninus Pius, you say? Been there, done that. ;)

  11. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice one, RC.

    This past April I bought a large lot of miscellaneous ancients on eBay. The silver was all toned and/or crusty, most of it with plugged holes.

    I'm not sure if green counts as toning on a silver coin, but here are the best of the lot (only the Philip has a hole - somewhat hard to see at first glance). Philip I, Gordian III, Trebonianus Gallus and Volusian:
    _4 Antoninii undamaged lot Apr 2021 (0).jpg

    Here's a group shot of all the plugged ones - sometimes silver can have too much toning!

    _Lot 34 or 33 Holed. Apr 2021 (28).JPG
  12. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    When I made my reply above, I had not scrolled down far enough to yet be bedazzled by the arrays posted by @Curtisimo and @zumbly. Wow.

    @Ryro not too shabby, either!
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  13. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    I'm not into shiny so this thread really appeals....Some wonderful coins shown so far..:woot:......Here's a few of my favs...
  14. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    Lovely toning!! I think this coin does justice to your thread :)
  15. Orielensis

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    I may have already shown this too often, but this colorful bracteate is probably my favorite toned coin:

    MA – Deutschland etc., Fulda, Heinrich IV, Brakteat.png
    Abbey of Fulda, under Heinrich IV. von Erthal, AR bracteate, ca. 1249–1261 AD. Obv: Abbot seated facing holding palm branch and book; in Gothic polylobe and double pearl border; around outer rim; H-V-H-V. 29mm, 0.52g. Ref: Berger 2293. Ex “HC Collection;” ex CNG, e-auction 459, lot 579.
  16. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    It looks some members mix up patina with toning


    P11808002best.jpg P1210873 best (2).JPG
  17. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Some people (particularly outside of the numismatic community) indeed use the terms interchangeably.
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  18. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Natural or 'assisted', I always consider rainbow coins to be retoning after cleaning. 'Natural' after so many years should go to gray or even black. It would be interesting to see rainbow coins shown in photos may years apart. How long does 'rainbow' last?
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  19. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    Beautiful specimen...I see nine different TONE's! :D;)

    And this thread developed into more awesome specimens...thanks to all! ;)
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  20. ancientone

    ancientone Well-Known Member

    The silver has taken on a gold tone on this one.
    Licinius I. AE Follis. 315 AD. Alexandria.
    Obv: IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS PF AVG, laureate head right.
    Rev: IOVI CONSER-VATORI AVGG, Jupiter standing left,
    chlamys across left shoulder, holding Victory on
    globe and sceptre, eagle with wreath left.
    Wreath over H over N in right field
    Mintmark ALE.
    RIC VII Alexandria 10, R2.

    Black denarius.
    Septimius Severus Denarius
    OBV: SEVERVS AVG PART MAX, laureate head right.
    Rev: RESTITVTOR VRBIS, Septimius standing left, holding patera in right hand over tripod altar, & spear in left.
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  21. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    That's a beauty, RC - all the colours of the rainbow! I love these eye candy threads.

    Here's my favourite heavily toned Antonine:
    a pi toning.jpg
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