Think about that for a second. Jesus walked on the earth 2000 years ago.
The spell-check on my computer has added a little red line under the word ‘uncleaned’. I don’t understand why it won’t accept the word – eBay uses it. And yes, that’s where I bought my first 3 uncleaned ancient coins.
When I received those first 3 coins and held them in my palm for the first time, the wonder struck. They were as they claimed to be – uncleaned. That is to say, they’d been buried for 2,000 years and were dirt-encrusted. We’re talking a heavy concentration of dirt here. Packed solid. These types of coins are found during excavations all over what was then the Roman Empire. Sometimes they’re unearthed in a broken clay jar. Or found hidden in a wall. Or dug up from where someone hid it in a hole and didn’t go back for it.
|Misc uncleaned coins as I received them.|
Along with the coins, I received instructions on how to clean them. Some dealers advocate brushes and picks and whatnot, but that can ruin the beauty instead of bringing it out. At the time, I remember being scared I’d ruin them. So, I did what every woman does when faced with something she doesn’t want to lose but needs to set aside – I put them away in a safe place.
I bought some from him at very reasonable prices – 6 for $10 and no shipping fees. And then I bought 3 larger, better quality ones at a slightly higher rate, and he tossed one in for free. All told, I received 11 for under $20. (As opposed to the eBay purchase of 3 for $12.) Now, I’m not knocking eBay because I’m always buying from there, I’m just telling you my story. In fact, I have 6 Greek ancients from eBay soaking in oil right now.
The coins I’m showing you here have been soaking for 2 years. The photos on the left were taken in 2008 after their first cleaning. Yes, I should've taken the photo before I put them to soak, but I was eager to give them their bath. On the right are the same coins as of last night after their 6th cleaning. I don’t have a lot of information on them because I’m not an expert and it takes time to peruse all the books or surf the net on ancient coinage. And truthfully, I’d rather be writing.
This a hobby my son and I can do together, especially while we're sitting in front of the TV. It keeps our hands busy instead of reaching for the munchies.
All of these coins are approx 15 mm (5/8 inch).
From the hair adornment, I'm guessing this is from the 4th century, but I'm not sure exactly when or who it is. I like the bronze color coming through.