These 2 Cleaned Up Nicely

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by furryfrog02, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    These are the latest 2 to come out of the lot of uncleaned coins I bought a few weeks ago. They were severely encrusted and my nylon brush wasn't cutting the mustard. I bought a brass bristled brush off amazon and WOW did it do wonders. These still have some spots that are dirty but I don't want to scrub them any more with the brush for fear of damaging the patina.
    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Constantius II
    FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, cuirassed bust right
    GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS, two soldiers holding spears and shields with one standard between them with o on banner
    Unfortunately I can't make out the mintmark on this one. I believe it is from Siscia though.
    Constantius II. 337-361 AD.jpg

    Constantine II
    CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, cuirassed bust right
    GLORIA EXERCITVS, two soldiers holding spears and shields on either side of two standards
    Mintmark Epsilon SIS
    Constantius II. Siscia 337-361 Mintmark Episilon SIS.jpg
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  3. Dillan

    Dillan The sky is the limit !

    Excellent job on the clean up, both look fantastic . Good job!!! Dillan
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  4. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    good job,i think they lQQk great!... i'd leave'em as is. :)
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  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    The top one bugs me though with all the crud between the soldiers and the standard :p
  6. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Since it is from an "uncleaned" lot, I would probably do one of two things 1) let it soak for a couple of more months 2) Get a dental pick and work on the crud. Could also try a sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide soak, but that might really strip patina.
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  7. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..i'd say now that's part of the coin and ya don't wanna damage it..:)
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  8. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Crud is not part of a coin.
  9. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    no, removable crud isn' might come off and leave the coin intact..
  10. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I honestly think this crud will come off and leave the coin intact.
  11. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    That's one thing about ancient folks........they have no regrets when it comes to cleaning.........heck, they've 'rebuffed' (no pun intended devil.gif ) the 'modern' guy on more than one occasion........:)
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  12. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    No ammount of buffing could clean me up... :p but I gotta admit, these ancients are great fun!
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  13. Theodosius

    Theodosius Unrepentant Fine Style Freak! Supporter

    Use the side of a dental pick, not the point.
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