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 Posted 12/04/2018  8:07 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CarGuyKier to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have some ancient Roman coins that are very dirty. I was able to get some of them clean, but the rest won't come clean. In the picture of the clean ones, there is a gold colored coin. Could someone tell me if it is actually gold? I tried boiling some of the coins (the ones that I boiled are in the picture with five coins), but that didn't work very well. Could someone tell me how to clean them too? Thanks!


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 Posted 12/05/2018  09:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ancient coin cleaning is a slow process. The slower you go about it, the better your results will be. I recommend storing them in olive oil and brushing once a week or so until they are clean; this can take many months. Boiling coins in the way you have removes the patina which is frowned upon; this usually destroys the details and surfaces of the coin and 'serious' collectors won't look at stripped coins. You can speed up the process by carefully removing dirt using a toothpick (or a needle, once you are comfortable with doing so without damaging the patina).

The gold coloured coin isn't gold, its actually Orichalcum, which is the roman word for brass. That coin was likely once a dupondius.
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Thank you very much for your help, Ben. I will try doing what you said.
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