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Nice find Galba. I would suspect that the encrustations can be removed revealing a pretty nice coin. Maybe try the non-invasive distilled water soak and then some work with a toothbrush or equivalent. Not sure what to do after that. I used descaler once and it did not go well. Olive oil can work to free up crud after a long soak but then you are left with a very dark coin. (Sort of not preferable) My coin cleaning days are mostly behind me at this point but it formed a very nice intro back into the hobby in 2013 when I started collecting ancients again.

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6 hours ago, galba68 said:

M.Aurelius as, 11gr, clasped hands, legionary eagle,




 I always advise against amateur cleaning, but your guy does magic, while still maintain the original patina. I say clean that Aurelius!

Here's my latest MA recently unearthed in France:Screenshot_20221227_194126-removebg-preview.png.1f76c80d34e0a739c55470ab024b5a2a.png

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