uncleaned coins - before and after

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by singig, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Hello , I would like to share with you the coins(around 10) that I cleaned in the last period.

    Please post your cleaned coins !

    by chance I bought one uncleaned Spes from each Falvian emperor, I will keep all three together like a family :)

    Vespasian AE As. 76 AD. RIC 894
    IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII, laureate head right /
    S-C, Spes standing left, holding flower and raising hem of skirt.

    Titus AE As. Lyons mint, 77-78 AD. RIC 1273[vesp]
    T CAES IMP AVG F TR P COS VI CENSOR, laureate head right /
    S-C, Spes walking left holding flower and hem of skirt.

    Domitian, As RIC ?
    CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS ?, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right /
    S-C, Spes advancing left, holding flower & raising skirt.
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Those cleaned up pretty nicely. I really like how that Vespasian turned out. A lot more detail.
  4. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Agreed, I too think the Vespasian had the biggest change. It's fun to uncover what's hiding underneath especially with earlier bronze. Here are some of my early empire cleaning transformations:

    Before -

    After -

    Before and progressive -

    After -

    Before, Intermediate, After -
  5. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    a rare type
    Vespasian , sestertius , RIC 987
    IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII Head of Vespasian, laureate, right/
    ANNONA AVGVST S C Annona seated left, holding sack of corn-ears
  6. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    Out of curiosity, what did you use to clean these coins?
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  7. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    similar to RIC 314[titus] but with a different legend
    Domitian as Caesar AE As.. RIC ?
    CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate head right /
    S-C, Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear, shield at side.
    dom3 .jpg
    dom3-r.jpg dom3-o.jpg
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  8. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    I used regular water , a plastic brush , bamboo sticks or/and a metal scalpel , wax at the end.
    Only on the Vespasian(Spes) coin I used vinegar to soften the first hard encrusted layer, difficult to remove even with the metal scalpel.
  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    When I use lye I often get those pinkish colors. Does the same happen with vinegar?
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  10. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Awesome idea for a thread. I'll post some of my "gems" here soon! Glad to see that you're fighting the good fight :)
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  11. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    depends of the coin , checked at short intervals(one-two hours) everything will be fine, for sure even in vinegar if you keep a coin for two-three days will turn ''pinkie'' as you said.
  12. Nick Zynko

    Nick Zynko Supporter! Supporter

    Awesome post. I owe you a Thank You as it reminded me that I had purchased a 30 coin lot from Croatia that I had soaking in olive oil for over a year and forgot about! Mostly looked to be all variations of late Roman bronzes of Constantin's era. The very few that I could read but most were very heavily encrusted. I'll post some pics once I find them and start the cleaning process.
  13. Co1ns

    Co1ns Member

    @singig mehn call me crazy but I would of left your two to their original glory, especially the first one!
  14. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your opinion Co1ns , I also keep the majority of my coins in their ‘’original glory’’ as you said , but when no details are visible (like Vespasian As, Spes) especially the emperor portrait , sorry I see no reason to keep it that way.
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  15. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    I have seen on ebay many sellers from Croatia or Serbia selling large lots of unclean coins, especially small follis in decent quality. I'm waiting for your pictures.
  16. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Amen-Ra-Hotep

    Very nice clean-up job. You must have the patience of Job.
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  17. Johnnie Black

    Johnnie Black Neither Gentleman Nor Scholar Supporter

    You did an excellent job on these. What is your basic process?
  18. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Just imagine one day our coins of today can finally be cleaned for profit, wow!
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  19. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Faustina I AE As. RIC 1165
    DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed and draped bust right /
    AETERNITAS S-C, Aeternitas standing front, head left, holding flower and sceptre
    faust1-o.jpg faust1-r.jpg
  20. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Trajan AE as. RIC 588
    IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V Laureate head right, drapery on far shoulder / SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC, three standards.
  21. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    I tried to stop the bronze disease here, so far it looks good
    Agrippa, Æ As. Agrippa. Struck under Caligula, 37-41 AD. RIC 58 [Caligula]
    M AGRIPPA L F COS III, head left wearing rostral crown /
    S-C, Neptune standing facing, head left, naked except for cloak draped behind him & over both arms, holding small dolphin in right hand & vertical trident in left
    agr1.jpg agr1-o.jpg agr1-r.jpg
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