Thread: My new ancient coins
June 30th 2012, 03:34 PM #16
Re: My new ancient coins
Well that sucks about uncleaned coins. Looking over Forum Ancient Coins previous uncleaned lots it looks like they've sometimes offered lots they were pretty sure were Greek, Ptolemaic, Provincial, or Imperial, etc. Currently they're selling stuff you pointed out like late Romans, with some Byzantines and Greek stuff thrown in. Maybe I'll just have to wait till they offer one of those other type of lots again.
Any idea why Constantine's sons coins are so common?
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June 30th 2012, 03:50 PM #17
Re: My new ancient coins
Actually, I wouldn't want to turn you off of uncleaned's completely. Get a batch from Forum. As I said, for a beginner, the detective work can be fascinating. I just wouldn't plan on either building up a large collection that way (as I did) or get my hopes up that your first batch is going to have rare and beautiful coins like the ones you bought. You can still get "premium" uncleaneds, but more expensive and, again, if you build up a collection that way, it will cost you as much as buying the coins directly cleaned and identified.
Toward the end of my collecting days, it seemed like 30 to 40 percent of all uncleaneds were Constantius because, 1) he reigned a long time, 2) Rome was collapsing, and their monetary system was being inflated out of existence, 3) coins were becoming smaller (they get to be absolutely tiny by the end of that century), so it took a lot of coins to buy a loaf of bread. 4) the political instabilities and raids of outlying nations meant more people were burying money for safe keeping, 5) a lot of uncleaneds come out of the Balkans these days, where their full integration into Roman currencies coincided with all those other factors.
Oh, and 6) The earlier coins are either the great big dupondii and sestertii that are very easy for the middle men to cherry pick, or else they were silver denarii or silver plated radiates; and if even a glint of silver might be visible under the dirt, that gets picked out too.
Last edited by BookerG; June 30th 2012 at 04:06 PM.
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