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City Commemorative, VRBS ROMA, Rome Mint

Æ 3; 18mm/2.9gm Struck c. 300-1 AD

Con/ uncleaned with desert patina

 Obv/ VRBS-ROMA; Helmeted, plumed, bust of Roma left in imperial mantle

Rev/ She-wolf standing left, suckling twins, two stars above

Rome Mint/ RBQ in exergue

Ref/ RIC VII, 338 (Rome) Rated scarce

Seller's Note/ This issue arrived nearly full-covered and I admit that I slightly cleaned it to insure the details and quality. The trick to cleaning such desert patina coins is to keep them wet in DW soaks. Only remove the deposits from the top of the legends, portraits and reverse details while leaving the sand patina in the open fields in place as seen in the accompanying photo. Go slow with any dull hand-held tool of your choice. Once finished, wax buff and flip.

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