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New At This And Need Advice On 2 Roman Coins I'm Cleaning

 
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 Posted 12/02/2020  8:15 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add corvum to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello,

I just started this with 2 old roman coins and wanted to know if it's common to get a coin that may be smooth with no details?

I been cleaning both carefully with a toothpick and soft toothbrush. One has great detail IMO and the other basically smooth disk.

The one with detail looks like a Marcus Aurelius Brass Sestertius. But I'm not certain in the least.

I have pics for perspective. Any suggestions?




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 Posted 12/02/2020  9:23 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Larger pictures would help, from what I can see there really isn't much detail left on the coins. You may want to soak them in either distilled water or olive oil for a while. This might remove whatever encrustations are left and bring out more detail if any remains.
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 Posted 12/02/2020  9:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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there really isn't much detail left on the coins.


The second isn't as bad, the reverse is first and you can see a right facing head in the last.
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 Posted 12/02/2020  9:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well if the coin is smooth with little detail, cleaning might not help much in making it identifiable. But it's good practice. A soak in distilled water will help and I've used toothpaste with baking soda with a toothbrush. Also this website is a great resource:
http://www.metaldetectingworld.com/...copper.shtml
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 Posted 12/03/2020  8:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add corvum to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the insight. Sorry I was trying to make the pictures bigger but the site has that limit and my camera doesn't do close ups very well.
I have some smaller ones with details to make a nice shadow box piece. But out of the 12 coins I received 5 had details and the rest were too smooth.

But again is this common to have smooth pieces after buying from a lot? I want my purchasing to be more sensible.
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Sorry I was trying to make the pictures bigger but the site has that limit and my camera doesn't do close ups very well.
You can use the Free Image Optimizer to crop images and get the file size down while maintaining high resolution.
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 Posted 12/04/2020  8:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add corvum to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I got it as close as possible but the back side is not good no matter what I tried. Maybe someone can recognize it. It looks like a Marcus Aurelius.

But that is me just looking at the ones online and trying to get as close as possible. Appreciate you time looking though.

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 Posted 12/04/2020  9:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Might be a cult statue of Artemis Ephesia reverse. Although perhaps that's a stretch. If Marcus, might be from Maeonia. If you could clean enough of the reverse left to reveal NΩN, that might cinch it.
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Might be a cult statue of Artemis Ephesia reverse. Although perhaps that's a stretch. If Marcus, might be from Maeonia. If you could clean enough of the reverse left to reveal NΩN, that might cinch it.

Should I use olive oil and lemon juice? I left it in distilled water for a few days at first. Changing daily.

Then a toothpick. Then the water again and finally a soft tooth brush with toothpaste and baking soda.

Thank you BTW

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I'm now spotting what might be an "S" on the reverse at 7:00. If that's correct, it would rule out the Maeonia idea. If it is an "S" there, it might be an Honos reverse of a Rome mint as. The "S" would be positioned correctly. Hopefully some more gentle cleaning of the left part of the reverse may reveal more info.
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 Posted 12/05/2020  01:37 am  Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How does your weight compare to this one? (Your coin is first of course I mean the coin below.)

Marcus Aurelius, as caesar (Antoninus Pius, 138-161), As, Rome, AD 145, AE (g 12,22"; mm 27; h 11), AVRELIVS CAE - SAR AVG PII F, bare head r., Rv. CONCOR - DIA, Concordia standing l., holding patera and resting hand on cornucopiae, set on altar; in field, S - C; in ex. COS II. RIC 1255;"


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Nice matchup of imagery, Joe, the curve of the cornucopia to the altar aligns nicely.
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How does your weight compare to this one? (Your coin is first of course I mean the coin below.)

Marcus Aurelius, as caesar (Antoninus Pius, 138-161), As, Rome, AD 145, AE (g 12,22"; mm 27; h 11), AVRELIVS CAE - SAR AVG PII F, bare head r., Rv. CONCOR - DIA, Concordia standing l., holding patera and resting hand on cornucopiae, set on altar; in field, S - C; in ex. COS II. RIC 1255;"


Wow. That is a good image. I'm still working on it. Another week. I been at it for a few weeks. A few more days won't hurt.

Thank you.
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