Is it acceptable to clean ancient coins?
I collect mainly US coinage. I do not collect ancients. I do like them and several of the 20 I have will stay with my collection.
I have watched some YouTube videos and learned about ancient coin restoration.
I have take two coins and cleaned them. I think they looked terrible before and much better now. I see no reason to clean any silver coins but the copper, bronze and other various metals I have learned about including lead coins become heavily oxidized.
I literally used a microscope to clean these coins.
What are your thoughts?
This is the only image I have of before with this coin. This is the result of 2 hours time-