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#1 lelizard

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 11:12 AM

Hi guys!

 

I am new to coins and this forum and I have found a few Roman bronze coins. Thankfully they have been tagged so I know what is, but they have been neglected for a few years, so I wanted to clean them and checked a few methods online. After some research, a lot of people where saying that ancient coins should not be cleaned, as they loose value if you want to sell them and collectors prefer them the way they are. Is this correct, what do you thin k I should do. Also, the best way I found was with a toothpick and a soft brush. Is this correct or is there a better way?

 

 

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#2 Finn235

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 11:54 AM

Pictures would help.

All Roman coins were recovered from the ground, so nearly all of them have been cleaned to remove over 1,500 years of encrusted dirt. This can be done safely with a toothbrush and a long soak in distilled water to loosen up the really tough stuff.

If you are concerned that your coins aren't "shiny", that is completely normal. Bronze is a very reactive metal compared to silver or gold, and will absorb minerals from the ground to create a patina around the coin. This cannot be removed without severely damaging the coin.

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 06:47 PM

Thank for the reply.

 

So here are some photos...

 

10 emp Anastasius coins 4th century AD.

Also, do you know how much these would be worth?and obviously any comments about th coins would be welcome.

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 06:48 PM

And these...

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 02:13 AM

Finn, whatcha think?



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 05:52 PM

From what I can see, that looks to be as good as you are going to get. The portraits and legends of this series were generally poorly struck, so they will be hard to make out.

Most cleaning will only remove caked on dirt. Your coins look to have been fully cleaned already.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:38 AM

Interesting medieval coins



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:25 AM

I am looking for a buyer, would you be interested or do you know where is the best place I could sell them.






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