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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1856,0701.5422

  • Description

    Token; lead; holed; obverse: stylised two-headed eagle; reverse: cross-patée between four dots.

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 3.1 centimetres
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    30 July 2010

    Reason for treatment

    Post-survey

    Treatment proposal

    consolidative electrolytic reduction

    Condition

    The object presents a wax coating and white corrosion products from the lead specially located on the deeper parts of the decoration and around the hole. These are evidence of active corrosion and so of the instability of the seal which perturbs and hides also the surface. No remains of organic material are visible.

    Treatment details

    White corrosion products were treated with a local electrolytic reduction using cotton swabs on a stainless steel tweezer and a solution of sulphuric acid at 10% in deionised water at a very low current density of less than 1 mA / cm2. Some white products didn’t respond to the treatment and were left.

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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1856

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1856,0701.5422

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