A new book offers a new twist on this numismatic chestnut, “buy the book before you buy the coin”.
In this case, the new sentence can be read as “Buy the book before you clean up your old coins“.
The book is A method for cleaning antique bronze coins, written by Saúl Roll and edited by Maria Jacqueline Hauser. It’s a lighthearted but scholarly look at a common problem in collecting ancient coins.
While most collectors are taught never to clean their coins, and rightly so for most problems, collectors of old coins know that most old coins have been cleaned at some point, and the discovery of new ones continues. treasures brings fresh but “dirty” coins. market.
Collectors generally clean coins, but work hard to ensure they do so without damaging the surfaces of the coin, or at least stopping further damage in coins where the damage cannot be removed.
This 74-page book explains how to achieve this.
The book is intended to accompany the “Old Parts Cleaning Kit” sold through Roll’s online store, www.romanorum.com.
The book’s subtitle “With a long introduction and lots of boring details” alludes to the author’s tone.
About the book
Roll said his book presents “my personal opinions, based on my personal experience, and they are not intended to convince the reader of anything”.
However, when explaining the book on Amazon’s sales page, he noted, “You are welcome to try these techniques on your own parts at your own risk, as I cannot be responsible for any accidents, damaged parts , bodily injury, or other disasters that may result from following these steps.
He added: “So be careful, because I am not responsible for your mistakes, accidents, acts of Apollo, etc. Also, cleaning the coins kills your back and neck, so keep good posture and do often breaks.
The book is only available on Amazon, Hauser said, because it was the quickest and easiest way to get published.
The book sells for $18 in paperback, and the digital version is free for Kindle users.