savok Posted August 3, 2008 Report Share Posted August 3, 2008 I have a Paul I 1801 ruble that came through my wife's family, kept for 100+ years, so I have no doubts as to authenticity. There appears to be a coating of something like wax (from candles?) on it that has delaminated from certain areas (look especially at the secdond line text "NE NAMb"). Note how the flat field areas of the coin are dark and the raised areas are "normal" looking, something that this substance appears to have caused. I am wondering if it would damage the coin to dip it in boiling water in the attempt to melt this substance off. Take a look: http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb177/b...ble_Obverse.jpg http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb177/b...ble_Reverse.jpg opinions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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