Some recent cleans

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Exodus_gear, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Exodus_gear

    Exodus_gear Well-Known Member

    Some recently cleaned coins. Always enjoy getting uncleaned lots, I don't generally expect anything great. I think its just the excitement of watching it coming back to life. 20201016_213814.jpg 20201016_213822.jpg 20201017_220240.jpg 20201018_010209.jpg 20201018_013656.jpg 20201018_013702.jpg 20201113_215731.jpg 20201113_215748.jpg
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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    That's an amazing transformation. I don't know much about Ancients, but that's something else ! Thanks for posting .
  4. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    Nice. As my US coins got to the point where there wasn't much left to keep me interested, I set out to start an Ancient collection. My goal was to find, clean and identify 100. I've completed that and have the 100 in an album. You just kick started that. I may do some more.

    Good job.
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  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Nice work on cleaning those up.
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  6. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Hats off!
    What mehod(s) did you use?
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  7. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Nice clean-up job!!!
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  8. zadie

    zadie Active Member

    Wow!! Superb clean up. Great job
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  9. Exodus_gear

    Exodus_gear Well-Known Member

    I tend to use a combination of things, Ill do a soak in distilled water for a few hours then start with Bamboo generally. After that ill do quick soaks and start using orthodontic tools as well as random tools Ive made for myself ranging from safety pin tips to tacks hahaha. From there it is just a matter of being delicate and patient.
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  10. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    If you are going to use metal tools, you might consider going to a hobby shop and buying a few thin brass rods and then filing the ends down into points and/or blades. Brass is softer than the steel used in orthodontic tools, so it is less likely to scratch the surface of the coin if you make a mistake.
  11. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Wow, cleaned up real nice. Thank you
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  12. Matthew Courville

    Matthew Courville New Member

    Fantastic - keep it up!
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  13. otlichnik

    otlichnik Well-Known Member

    I tried using home-made brass tools long ago and quickly gave up on them.

    Yes, brass is softer than steel. However, it can still damage coins, it often leaves annoying brassy streaks and its softness can make it difficult to use.

    I have actually found that steel tools kept as sharp as possible offer the best results. Yes, they can scratch but they allow you to use techniques that mostly avoid scratching.

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  14. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Great job!
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  15. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    You're right about the brassy streaks, but I can usually remove them by soaking the coins in distilled water afterward. Still, if you've found a method that you like, more power to you. I certainly can't argue with your results. The coins look great.
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