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Thank you, Tracy.

Virgil
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Uncleaned Ancient Coin Discussion / Re: First coin I am cleaning
« Last post by Virgil H on Yesterday at 10:37:21 pm »
I am no expert, but I have had a few coins soaking in distilled water for months, probably over a year. I have also found that even with a scalpel, that green stuff doesn't want to come off. I will take them out from time to time and wipe and look under magnification. And I change the water every few days. There comes a point when what is left is really hard to get off and I worry about damaging the coin. Bamboo skewers work well on easier crude and I have found that cleaning a coin wet is better than doing it dry, using a soft wire brush and wet towel. There is a point you can do no more. From the pictures you posted, your coin actually looks pretty decent given that uncleaned coins are never going to look mint state. And some you may never be able to identify. I have never used chemicals, myself. Although I might be open to it with otherwise hopeless coins as I really have nothing to lose at that point. Others may disagree.

Virgil
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The Members' Gallery / Re: Tracy’s Relatively New Gallery
« Last post by Tracy Aiello on Yesterday at 10:33:41 pm »
Thank you both, Virgil and Joe.

Joe, that's a nice example. Larissa looks so mournful.  :D

Virgil,

I working up my Khurso II First Crown write-up now but might not post it on its own. I'm still undecided how I want to do the write-ups, either individually and cross-referenced in some manner or perhaps as some sort of single but large write-up.

Tracy
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Magnificent coin Virgil.

Tracy
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Ancient Coin Forum / Re: How many were produced
« Last post by Virgil H on Yesterday at 10:21:57 pm »
Those are some great points, so much to think about. Thanks.

Virgil
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Ancient Coin Forum / Re: Questions about a Constantius I
« Last post by Paul B4 on Yesterday at 10:13:32 pm »
So obvious!  Thanks for not humiliating me.
Any thoughts on the officina/mintmark?
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Uncleaned Ancient Coin Discussion / Re: First coin I am cleaning
« Last post by Ron C2 on Yesterday at 09:54:51 pm »
Otlichmik gave you good advice. Here is more. Cleaning a coin with olive oil or distilled water can take weeks or months. 10 days is not long enough to see real results on a badly crusted coin.

In this coin's case, mechanical cleaning may be the way to go. Use proper tools, light, and magnification.
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Ancient Coin Forum / Re: Questions about a Constantius I
« Last post by Callimachus on Yesterday at 09:28:14 pm »
Well, the last letters of the obverse legend are NOB CAES. So probably Constantius I as Caesar.
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Uncleaned Ancient Coin Discussion / Re: First coin I am cleaning
« Last post by otlichnik on Yesterday at 09:18:38 pm »
I some cases you can't clean everything off.  Some of the green might just be too hard.

Not sure what you ordered, but for me scalpel or curved x-acto blades (#10 and #22) work best.  They are usually safer and easier to use when kept sharp so a sharpening stone/whetstone helps.

Unless you have really good eyes they are easier to use under magnification - with a magnifying glass stand, binocular microscope or magnifying head-band.

While you wait for your supplies there are literally hundreds of messages on this thread to read that can be helpful.

SC


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Ancient Coin Forum / Questions about a Constantius I
« Last post by Paul B4 on Yesterday at 08:51:55 pm »
1)  Am I correct that this is Sear 14195, Constantius I as Augustus?
2) There is no mintmark unless the HC (HG) between the figures is a mintmark rather than an officina.  HG = Heraclea?
2.6g, 20.5mm
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