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Author Topic: uncleaned Athene tetradrachm  (Read 1161 times)

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Offline samwyi

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uncleaned Athene tetradrachm
« on: March 04, 2006, 04:14:59 pm »



Just bought an uncleaned Athene tetradrachm with thick and even brown patina, do you guys think I should clean it further?

sam

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Re: uncleaned Athene tetradrachm
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2006, 06:50:45 pm »
Hi,

I would leave it alone.  Mechanical cleaning of silver coins is any easy way to ruin them, and I can't see any benefits from chemically cleaning yours.  It's nice as is. :)

Darcy

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Re: uncleaned Athene tetradrachm
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2006, 07:25:36 pm »
I don't think that I would clean it further either, but I guess that is a matter of personal taste.

I for one would be more concerned with the authenticity, although I know nothing of this type of coin, I do know that it is one of the most copied coins out there. 
I would never buy one myself unless it came from a trusted dealer, like FORVM for example.

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Re: uncleaned Athene tetradrachm
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2006, 09:50:01 pm »
Could this coin be a cast fake?  It looks like there are casting bubbles on the coin.  Also, the style of the obverse portrait doesn't look like the other example I have seen. Can we have some more opinions?

Andrew

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Re: uncleaned Athene tetradrachm
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2006, 11:18:53 am »
I might agree with andrew but if it isn't fake its a nice coin keep it as it is. 

Regards,Jesse

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Re: uncleaned Athene tetradrachm
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2006, 10:47:50 am »
Thanks for the helps, friends.

Andrew and Jesse:

I'm not quite familiar with Athenes. But the bubbles you mentioned seem to be small clump of rust. I'll see if I can clean it or not. I found a similar coin on wildwinds. Do you think they are the same style?

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sam

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Re: uncleaned Athene tetradrachm
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2006, 08:22:13 pm »
The color in this image is more natural:

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Re: uncleaned Athene tetradrachm
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2006, 08:53:44 pm »
Not fake - is just horn silver.

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