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 Posted 06/12/2019  8:49 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Ebay just keeps getting better and better. This seller is offering ancient coins from an "original" Lloyd's 1949 bank bag. According to the seller, ancient Greek and Roman coins were still in circulation and being redeemed by banks as late as the 1940s! Who knew?
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 Posted 06/12/2019  8:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow , what will they think of next ?
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 Posted 06/12/2019  9:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add McFlyAVG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It doesn't pass any rational sniff test nor a more complex "Google Search". Deceptive and unethical for sure, but it is creative. There's that.
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 Posted 06/13/2019  12:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
WHatever the story behind the provenance of the bag of coins, I'm pretty sure such "mystery lots" of coins are against eBay policy.

Either sell us the whole bag, or show us the five specific coins we're bidding on. That's eBay policy.
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 Posted 06/13/2019  12:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As for the "ancient coins in circulation" line, it's certainly true that in times of a shortage of official coin (such as in the 1790s in England), "found" ancient coins would get cleaned up and put into circulation. But they'd never have been officially recognized, exchanged or redeemed by a bank; any such objects deposited would have been treated as scrap metal / bullion - or, more likely, have been souvenired by bank staff.
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 Posted 06/13/2019  03:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am considering a theory that these coins were left at a bank for safe keeping.
Many decades pass and the original record of deposit could have been lost, when a bank was bombed.

Now, the bank has a disposal problem, and the current bank officials have no idea at all about ancient coins.
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 Posted 06/13/2019  07:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tenbobbit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Item location, Nixa, Missouri
We Brits are pretty good at making bank bags
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 Posted 06/13/2019  11:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've seen more outlandish claims on ebay before. At least the price is resembling something reasonable, not $20-30 per coin, sight unseen.

I usually get a chuckle when I see these power flippers act like they're numismatic experts - claiming that they searched through 12 reference books on Greek coins and a significant portion of these are unpublished rarities. Puh-leaze.
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 Posted 06/14/2019  2:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add antwerpen2306 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
still in very good condition for money , circulated about 2000 years , albert
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