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Sicily, Siculo-Punic, 4th-3rd century BC, AE 15, 1.89g
palm tree/
pegasus flying
SNG Cop. 1018 var., CNS III, 386, #16-18,
Hoover 1672, Scarce (NC)
Posted January 2016

Sicily, Siculo-Punic, 4th century BC, AE 15
head of Tanit/
free horse prancing
SNG Cop. 1022, CNS III, 375, #1-8, Hoover 1668
Posted January 2016

Sicily(?), Siculo-Punic, attribution uncertain, 4th-3rd century BC,
AE 22, cast flan with sproule
date palm tree, 2 clumps of dates/
horse's head
SNG Cop. 102, CNS III, 381, #9-15, Hoover 1669
Posted January 2016

Sicily, Siculo-Punic, Panormus(?) mint, late 4th - early 3rd century BC, AE 15
head of Tanit wreathed in corn/
horse standing, palm tree behind
SNG Cop. 109-113, CNS III, 388, #19-20, Hoover 1675
Posted January 2016

Note #1: This coin had a moderate to severe case of bronze disease. However, it was different from my other
bronze disease-infected coins. Regarding my other examples, the bronze disease was primarily on the
surface. I treated them by soaking them in sodium sesquicarbonate for several months. Of course, this
process usually stripped the patina, and I had to artificially re-patinate them. The bronze disease in this
specimen was under the surface and in the core. There appeared to be very little, if any, bronze disease
on the surface. Small pieces were breaking off the edges over the years. It also had a nice patina.
Consequently, I treated it differently. Using a soft toothbrush, I scrubbed off any loose light green
residue. I then baked it in an oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. After baking out any
moisture, I applied Renaissance wax to the surfaces to seal it. Hopefully, that will stabilize the coin.

Note #2: The photos that are posted here were taken before treatment. This example no longer
looks like that. When I applied the Renaissance wax, this coin turned a darker shade of
green, and most of the beige highlights in the background are no longer there.