Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Roman Collector, Mar 31, 2019.
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It arrived a bit over a week ago, but the encrustation has been very tenacious and unresponsive to easier and faster techniques so pin tools under 20X appears to be the only option. The crust seems like re-deposited crystallized metallic copper, never seen anything quite like it. I've gotten the face cleared plus some other areas and the underlying surfaces are fine, but it's slow-going and will probably be put off until Winter when there isn't anything better to do.
While that antoninianus purchase was coincidental, I just won this 30mm 18.09g sestertius because of this thread. It can use some cleaning-up too as the legends and details are gunked-up but the underlying patina looks strong so hopefully it will be more fun to work on. Y'all and your interesting threads are a bad influence!
That's a very nice sestertius! Much harder to come by than the antoninianus, too.
Three months later, i got one.
Love the detail on that reverse!!
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