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I think I'd like to get more into collecting ancient Roman coins. I don't really know which types in particular, but I think I'd enjoy getting a small to mid sized lot of uncleaned coins and going through the process of cleaning them myself. Perhaps a lot of 20-50 coins with variety in size and types (Roman, Byzantine, etc).

 

Can anyone recommend a good Ebay seller or website that I could get a decent lot of these from? I have browsed Ebay and I see many of these lots, but I don't want to end up buying a lot of total junk.

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I have heard good things about Noble Romans Nemisis

Common Bronze.

 

But I have never bought from any of them so....

 

A good ebay guy to buy from is Oldman. Right now he seems a little low from what he has normally. But he is up front about what you are buying. 100 % feedback

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After 4 days of soaking I took them out for a soap and water bath and scrub with an old toothbrush. The ones in distilled water showed little to no improvement. The olive oil seems to be working faster than distilled water. There was one coin in olive oil that appears worse now though. I think it is just from being corroded/pitted underneath the dirt.

 

I think once they get closer to bare metal/patina, I will start doing distilled water rather than olive oil. Tonight they all went into olive oil.

 

Here's a pic of the coin that appears worse now (before olive oil is on the right, after the olive oil bath and scrub on the left):

 

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And here is one of the more promising looking ones:

 

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For the first piece, I probably would have left it. Contrasting dirt usually helps bring out the details, especially on lower relief coins.

 

The second piece appears to be a Constantinople issue of the SECVRITAS REPVBLICAE type of the 360s-70s.

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Good luck with your cleaning! I've moved from mostly cleaning coins to primarily buying them already cleaned as I narrow my collecting focus, but uncleaned is a great way to begin. Check with the yahoo group Coinzappers for a different perspective on cleaning. Also there are a good number of sites with cleaning information out there. Look for the Noble Roman Coins website for some good info on cleaning too.

 

I've been selling the coins I have that are surplus to my collection, this includes uncleaned and cleaned coins, mostly at fixed prices or auctions that are not expected to draw more than the opening bid, but I'm using ebid instead of ebay. You will find a small group of sellers there, but I think worth a look.

 

If you would like to sign up to bid on their site, follow this link: http://us.ten.ebid.net/perl/normal.cgi?ref...o=register-main

 

Thanks,

 

Ben

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