Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Arcane76, Jun 20, 2021.
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Very nicely done
@hotwheelsearl review of coins he had purchased I figured I would give it a go and try different methods to see what works for me. I like having coins in my collection that I “discovered” myself. Kind of like a treasure hunt. However I have also found that I like just buying nice coins that are already cleaned and ready to present. As @hotwheelsearl said they are NOT just rinse and brush coins. I think maybe one I have is. The rest need/needed a lot of work. Fun for me but maybe not others…anyways thanks for looking and reading a long, possibly boring post!
Gratian AE 18mm. Struck 367-375. DN GRATIANVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / GLORIA RO-MANORVM, Gratian walking right, holding labarum and dragging captive; D in right field. Mintmark star ΓSISC.
Good job on the two above. That Gratian is much scarcer than the Valens and Valentinian coins of the same type. Nice find.
Also, you might consider buying coins from dealers who show you the exact coins that you are buying, rather than those who just show a photo of a huge lot of coins and say they will randomly pick coins from that lot. There are several dealers of uncleaned coins on eBay who sell lots of, say, 10 coins and show photos of the fronts and backs of all 10. I've found that you get less junk this way.
@gsimonel Thank you for the advice! I do need some more patience…Thank you too for the compliment! I will check eBay and look for those kind of dealers. Question: how do you know when to stop cleaning? I get to a point sometimes and I’m like a little more… and either make the coin less attractive or totally mess it up.
Pretty much at that point!
Clean a couple hundred, and then you'll know.
Sorry to sound so flippant, but it's pretty much a question of experience. After a while you'll be any to tell when a coin isn't going to clean up any further without taking drastic measures.
I'd skip the olive oil. Used steam distilled water instead. Stick to that, dishwashing liquid, some old toothbrushes, toothpicks and some brass bristle brushes for now and you won't cause any damage. You can always go back later with harsher techniques once you've gained more experience.
Also, I'd avoid dental tools because they can scratch your coin. If you want something sharp and pointy, go to a hobby or hardware store and buy a thin brass rod, about 1/8" to 3/16" in diameter and file one end down into a point. Brass is softer than bronze, so you are less likely to scratch your coin.
@gsimonel i didn’t take it as flippant thank you for the additional advice!
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