This early Roman
Imperial Æ Dupondius
arrived not long ago in a lot of "uncleaned" coins. Makes me want to cry, folks. Note the horribly over-cleaned obverse
vs the green dirt-covered patina
on the reverse
. Not sure who tried to clean this coin but he was a "shoe-maker", a term I use for those who do not have a clue as the proper way to clean and restore ancient coins
Herein lies the lesson, my brethren, and where he screwed up.
As you all know, patina
is your friend and not just for beauty. In many, if not all cases, when fully removed or stripped, you'll find nothing below the patina
but corroded junk, bare metal and missing legends as seen on the obverse
The moral of this lesson is to always take your time, use DW soaks and hand-held mechanical tools
such as a diamond-dust dental pick
, common dental picks
or dull-bladed scalpels...yes, dull-bladed.
Best to all,