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 Posted 07/30/2022  5:44 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Wstalcup to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
hi! I have about 10 ancient roman coins
unfortunately, I couldn't help myself and touched them already :(
anyone know of a "wipe" or something I should use, to get rid skin oil (or whatevs)? also any accessories you may recommend? I already have a magnifying glass.. and currently just storing in a binder
see pic. any better ideas? thanking in advanced!
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 Posted 07/30/2022  6:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

As to getting rid of fresh skin oils,100% pure acetone...not standard nail polish remover.
https://www.vcoins.com/en/coins/ancient-2.aspx
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 Posted 07/30/2022  6:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add livingwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hello! Welcome to the commmunity. I've collected ancient coins for over 25 years, I hold them a lot, bronze, copper, silver coins, it won't damage them unless you drop one and it scratches. Coins you should not hold with bare hands are modern proof coins, mint state modern coins like Morgans,etc. There are youtube channels you can watch on how to clean ancient and modern coins without hurting them, knowing when to stop cleaning, not over clean. Many ancient coins have already been cleaned to free them from encrustation but still leaving the patina which protects them. Some use acetone dip to lightly clean coins. Some wear cotton or nitrile gloves medical staff use when holding coins.
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07/30/2022 6:59 pm
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 Posted 07/31/2022  1:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wstalcup to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
doesn't seem I can reply to each of you individually.. so thank you both!
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 Posted 07/31/2022  1:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My interests are mainly with classic US type coins and ancients are not my forte. I do however find the ancient very interesting to have survived for centuries. That said, I have always been taught to handle coins only by the edges and that the only acceptable product to clean a coin is 100% pure acetone since it will remove gunk without disturbing the toning or patina. Always pat dry, never wipe. One word of caution I would suggest is to purchase only from a reputable dealer. The market is flooded with bogus coins from ancients to modern coinage. Learn as much information as you can before jumping into the pond.
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 Posted 07/31/2022  2:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Handle by the edges, and as said, acetone will clean up any light oils and organic material on the coin's surface. Finger oils can actually be good for copper coins, so don't be too afraid to handle those.

Nice coins, I see a variety of copper and silver coins. I don't have more than a couple ancient coins in my collection (I mainly collect U.S.), but I can appreciate the age and attributable history.
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 Posted 08/02/2022  12:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wstalcup to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thanks again everyone! (doesn't seem to be a way to reply to each of you)
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