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Ancient Coin Forum / Re: The Celator magazine
« Last post by Severus_Alexander on Yesterday at 08:40:32 pm »
Hello All,

For what's it worth, as a member of ANA I provided feedback to them on how Kerry Wetterstrom handled the closing of the Celator magazine and subscribers who were never notified or compensated.    ANA said they had no knowledge of any complaints about Mr. Wetterstrom.   At least they know now.

Thank you.

A few decades ago many collectors used cerumen to protect their coins, especially in countries where the humidity level is high (like in the tropical area). It is known to be effective against bronze desease but the main drawback is that it gives a yellowish color to your coins.
I hope everyone is enjoying a pleasant evening... just came across this copper coin: 8-9mm with an obvious Byzantine-type obverse, and a roaring lion standing right on the reverse. I'm just coming up empty; any help is very much appreciated
I think these numerations of issues and officinae may go back to the lists of type sequences for various reigns published by CGB in Paris in their "Rome" series of fixed price lists over the years c. 2000-2010. For example,

Rome IX, 2001, Trajan Decius and Family

Rome X, 2001, Aurelian

Rome XIV, 2003, Tacitus and Florian

Rome V, 1999, Probus

Rome XV, 2004, Gallic Empire

Rome XIII, 2002, Claudius II and Quintillus

Useful in many ways, I think, but assigning officina numbers to the many types which were not marked with such numbers by the mint itself is for the most part pure speculation, in my opinion, which pretends access to knowledge that we don't in fact have and are very unlikely ever to acquire.
Byzantine Coins / Re: New rare byzantine dies
« Last post by Emil M on Yesterday at 06:52:42 pm »
Ok, guys, these dies are made of some tin bronze - 73 % Cu 25 % 2% Pb. As for me these are actually dies/hubs (?) of forgres.
I'll try to find a die match with any known follis of Leo.
Beeswax is used by some people, primarily in central and eastern Europe. 

Total pain in the A.  Too thick.  Not easy to remove, etc.

Medieval, Islamic and Crusader Coins / Re: Dirham for ID
« Last post by otlichnik on Yesterday at 05:47:05 pm »
The top image is upside down.

Sadly, that is the extent of my expertise in this area.

Coin Photography, Conservation and Storage / Re: Waxing Coins After Cleaning?
« Last post by Ron C2 on Yesterday at 05:12:18 pm »
I have read that once ancient coins have been cleaned that some collectors coat the coins with Beeswax. Is this a common practise?

I would not call the use of beeswax to be a common practise today. 

The majority of collectors who wax coins today use Renaissance Wax, which you will often see referred to as "Ren Wax" on the internet.  It's a micro-crystalline wax polish, made in England, that is popular with museum conservators.  The British Museum uses is on many artifacts, including ancient coins.  It dries quickly, does not leave finger prints,and will not damage patina. 

Waxing a coin can slightly change its appearance, giving it a dull sheen.  For these reasons, the collecting community is divided on its use - a lot of people use it, a lot also do not.  Realistically it will nto harm a coin and can be removed if preferred.

Most oftenly, Ren Wax would be used on copper and copper alloy coins like bronze, orichalcum, etc. because it can help prevent new corrosion.  You don't often see it used on silver or gold coins.
you're right !!, so far i had only blocked on the reverse, don't you think it's getting worrying?
Identification Help / 12 Caesars - Galba and Nero Denarius - Right or Wrong?
« Last post by Nick S2 on Yesterday at 03:53:38 pm »
Hi all
I'm hoping someone can help  :) I've 8 of the 12, 6 from reputable dealers (Augustus, Tiberius, Titus, Domitian, Vespasian and Vitellius). The Nero was from [Removed by Admin] a good while ago and the Galba, also from [Removed by Admin], arrived today from a seller not on the 'list' or known elsewhere.  I always doubted the Nero and still not sure but after going down the rabbit hole of trying to check it out I also spotted on here that this type of Galba has been the subject of fakes. I apologise for the photos - they are about as good as I can get! Can anyone confirm either way for both please. Thanks in advance...Nick
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