Bronze Roman Coins
bronze and Romana
CLEANING AND RESTORATION
Before attempting any major cleaning of your Bronze Roman Coins
First of all equip yourself with the following.
1. A Soft, Medium and Stiff Toothbrush.
2. Washing up liquid.
3. Clean Olive Oil
4. A Glass or Plastic container big enough to hold 1 pint.
5. Plastic or wooden toothpicks
6. A roll of kitchen towels.
First of all make a solution of washing up liquid with warm water
and soak the coins in it for 30 minutes. Remove the coins one at
a time and brush them with one of the toothbrushes (which one depends
on the amount of dirt on the coins)
Now repeat the process. You should find that some of the coins
are now cleaned and can be cleaned in fresh water and dried with
the kitchen towel.
The remaining coins should now be immersed in the olive oil and
left for 4/5 days to soak. Remove the coins one at a time and brush
with the stiff toothbrush. On any of the coins that still have dirt
attached rub them with the point of the wooden toothpicks, this
will sometimes remove lumps of dirt. (I actually use the blunt end
of an artist paintbrush made from hardwood)
If you still have dirty coins try soaking for a further 4-5 days
in olive oil and brush again.
For more serious cleaning please read the details below.
Have fun cleaning the coins and good luck with what you find.