Ancient Coins Guide : The Antique Store Essay
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Some olive oil
Lots of time and patience
Good lighting source [ Natural light works best ]
Notes before reading
Please read the sections below first before a cleaning attempt is started:
I have doubts about cleaning. I may damage it.
1] Place coins on a flat surface with good lighting. I prefer natural light.
2] Sort out coins, which ones already look good enough. Not all coins need cleaning. Some of them already are in a VF [ Very Fine ] condition. But below the dirt, there are many damages and flaws, rust, corrosion,no patina and so on. The dirt and soil at the right places make a "desert patina", desirable to different collectors.
3] The coins that you insist on cleaning, or are terrible enough, soak them in olive oil for a day or less.
4] After soaking for a determined time, removed the coins from the oil, and rinse it gently with soap.
5] Make sure that the olive oil is not doing damage to the coins. Some of them have weak patinas that crack when placing them in water or oil.
6] Gently scrape the surface of the coin with the pin, rotating it in a circular motion, white powder would start appearing on the surface that is usual. Be careful around the letters, face, and any details on the coin.
7] If it makes some success, continue cleaning the entire coin.