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cleaning - wax

Post by Merneo » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:29 pm

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This has a light wash with mild detergent and deionised water

I think this is cooked beyond reason

But its my first serious coin - would some wax help preserve and bring out the detail

the pitted surface is just scattering the light so you can't see it ?

should I have done different ?

I see this as learning for when its a coin that matters

let me know

Thanks Paul

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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by sweepstick47 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:43 pm

Hello Merneo, There are several options open to you and they can be found elsewhere within this forum. It's largely a matter of preference which is why I suggest a read through the threads on the subject. ::g Regards ss47
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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by Merneo » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:48 pm

Yes but I am hoping on getting some advice based on experience I don't have

I will check the forum but reading is not experince

Thanks anyway

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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:08 pm

Coppers are, in my experience, best dry brushed and ideally not washed. Very tempting to wash them though! I then use renovation wax and it leaves a nice finish in some cases - it is frowned on by some though but for coins with little definition it really does bring out the detail ::g
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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by Me and my boy » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:33 pm

I’m with oxgirl. I think coopers are wrecked when washed but I still do it everytime out of sheer lack of self restraint, then regret it. The air does enough damage let alone the water.
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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by Koala » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:13 am

looks like its toasted to me.

There are only two rules to cleaning a copper or copper alloy coin
1. Never clean it
2. Always follow rule 1

Once detail has been corroded away there's no way to put it back

you have to find out for yourself though


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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by fred » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:34 am

Personally I don't think that you will harm it any further. However, because of the uncertainty about the results of
experimental DIY conservation it is probably better that you practice on items with no historical, financial or emotional value. ::g

That certainly scores on the first 2 anyway but if you are in doubt then leave it alone. :D
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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by Merneo » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:25 am

Hi well for the penny have just waxed it a bit

Just to protect preserve a fraction as my first good find

So is the don't wash also for roman coins bronze coins

And why do coins get toasted?

Is it something about ground conditions

Is there better land to detect on that will more likely give good coins etc

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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by Doodles » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:51 am

i think if you have the urge to clean the coins with water i would suggest probably using non ionised/demin water as normal water has chemicals and chlorine added to.

i personally, if it a coin like a roman i would lightly rub then leave it. i would be to scared to do anything else to it to be honest.

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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by Merneo » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:23 am

Doddles not the urge was quite dirty

I am all for doing this the correct way

Once I establish for each coin type the best methodology

To if needed clean

And if needed preserve

But what's best for the coin or artifact

I know I will make rookie mistakes but I hope its not with something that matters

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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by Koala » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:04 pm

this is just for copper alloy coins


it all depends on the ground.


if the coin is corroding away there's nothing that can be done


if there is a build up of salts these can only mechanically cleaned and are best left to experts. Electrolysis and chemical cleaning will remove the patina and this holds a High percentage of the detail

near me most Roman are toasted unless they are very early ones which tend to come out of the ground in Good condition



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Re: cleaning - wax

Post by Merneo » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:30 pm

This is a pic of the waxed coin
Was asked to post it
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I can now pic out its 17 something

but its still hard to photo

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