How to Clean Ancient Roman Coins

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How to Clean Ancient Roman Coins
Ancient Roman coins must be cleaned carefully. (Roman coin depicting Sestertius of Nero image by Jeff Dalton from

Ancient Roman coins are special items that must be cleaned in a special way. Such an old item must be treated gently so no permanent scratches are left on the surface, which can hurt the value of the coins. While there a few cleaning methods that can be applied to older coins like this, soaking them in soapy water is an easy, effective way to get the job done.

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Things you need

  • 4 by 6 plastic dish
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Soft head toothbrush
  • Microfiber cloth

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  1. 1

    Place the coins on the bottom of the 4 by 6 plastic dish. Do not stack the coins on top of each other. Place as many coins as will fit on the bottom of the dish as long as they do not overlap each other.

  2. 2

    Pour water on top of the coins. There should be 2 inches of water covering the coins.

  3. 3

    Add 1/2 tsp liquid dish soap to the water and let the coins soak for a day.

  4. 4

    Take the coins out one at a time and gently scrub both sides with a soft head toothbrush.

  5. 5

    Rinse the coin off and dry it with a microfiber cloth.

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