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I Wonder How This Julian II Ae-1 Would Have Cleaned Up?

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 Posted 11/19/2018  10:27 am Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I was bidding on this uncleaned Julian II AE-1, but dropped out and didn't win the coin.

It was an intriguing cleaning challenge. The coin appears to have some solid detail, but the encrustation on the lower part is pretty thick. Until the bidding got too high, I thought of buying it and trying electrolysis on it to see what was underneath.

However, when it got near $30 (including shipping), I thought the risk wasn't worth the investment.

You don't see big bronzes like this too often that present such a cleaning opportunity. It could end up being fairly decent, or a corroded pile of junk. I guess I won't find out now, but thought I'd share the photos.

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 Posted 11/19/2018  10:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like it would clean up well - eventually. It should be said that electrolysis is not a good way to clean coins and very few coins, if any, would benefit from that sort of treatment. As a treatment, it is too destructive to be of wide spread use; keeping the patina intact is an important part of cleaning.
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 Posted 11/19/2018  11:59 am  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I certainly would have let it go
If it was of Arles or Lugdunum I would have given it some extra thought
But Heraclea ? Naaaaa
When collecting this late period keep in mind that some mints are much more desirable
The Eastern mints were humming along
The West ? Not so much

Ben is correct that proper conservation of this coin might take a very very long time
IN GOD WE TRVST ....... all others pay cash !

I think ...... therefore I yam
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