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.