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Offline gpimper

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Unidentified Zeus
« on: February 24, 2019, 04:08:17 PM »
I don't know if this is Greek or Roman.  AE 5.7 Grams, 20mm.  Thanks!  Updated photos.  I'm trending toward Antioch 1st century BC from my research.
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Re: Unidentified Zeus
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2019, 04:10:19 PM »
That's really small. Can you post at least a detail picture of the text?

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Re: Unidentified Zeus
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2019, 11:14:47 PM »
I might have found it.  Antioch, 1st century BC.
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Re: Unidentified Zeus
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2019, 06:45:48 AM »
While Antioch certainly produced the had with seated Zeus carrying Nike, so did other cities. The name of the city is behind the seated Zeus and it's worn off, as far as I can see. In the case of Antioch, the text in front of the seated Zeus is most often MHTΡOΠOΛEΩΣ (city). See below - picture borrowed from Wildwinds. I can't make the legend on your coin fit with that.

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Re: Unidentified Zeus
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2019, 05:32:09 AM »
Thank you.  I think it could be a match, I'll have to zap it a bit more.  Still a pretty cool coin :-)
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Re: Unidentified Zeus
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 06:32:01 PM »
Thank you.  I think it could be a match, I'll have to zap it a bit more.  Still a pretty cool coin :-)

I would say: Cleaned to death.

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Re: Unidentified Zeus
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2019, 12:40:24 AM »
I'm afraid I have to agree :-(
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Re: Unidentified Zeus
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2019, 12:43:46 AM »
I don't think it's beyond redemption. It needs time (measured in years, not months) and bad, polluted air. :(

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Re: Unidentified Zeus
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2019, 01:35:40 AM »
I've read that bees wax could help but I've never tried it.
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Re: Unidentified Zeus
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2019, 10:21:19 AM »
Not so. It's perfectly good for wooden nickels, not for metal stuff. Your source may have thought of Renaissance wax, which is good for coins that are in the desired condition already, in order to close them off from environmental air. Do not apply before you are done with conservation.

Capnbirdseye has reported good results for re-patination with sulphur, which makes theoretical sense, since it is the worst part of air pollution (think of coal and bunker oil), which hastens the process. He would have further details. You can contact him with a PM. Beware, sulphur fume makes no difference between coins and your lungs.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.