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 Posted 10/06/2019  5:02 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Anthony Trollope to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey everyone, first post here, I was wondering if I could get help in choosing 2 good Greek coins from these lots, I'll be spending $15 for them. In the first image I like the coin in the 2nd row on the left and the one on the 3rd row on the right, on the 3rd image I like the one in the 3rd row on the left side. I was wondering if these are good choices or if you guys see different coins that should be taken into consideration.

Also should I get the one in the 3rd image on the bottom left over the one in the 1st image second row on the left since it doesn't have a gash in the obverse?



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 Posted 10/06/2019  5:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome, Anthony.

I would recommend, if it's possible, that you isolate the images you are talking about so as to avoid confusion.

If I understand your description correctly, your first choice (2nd row on the left) is a semis from Carteia. The reverse legend is L.ATINI, below C. NVCIA.

Your second (third row on the right) appears to have a head of Herakles on the obverse and a rider on the reverse, with a reverse inscription at upper left. It may be Macedonian. Perhaps Kassander?

Your third selection (3rd image...the one in the 3rd row on the left side) is really hard to see...

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 Posted 10/06/2019  6:26 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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I would choose any from the third row from the first image.
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 Posted 10/06/2019  6:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Anthony Trollope to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok here are the coins that I like that you requested individual images of.





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 Posted 10/06/2019  6:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


As a piece of general advice (and please dont take this the wrong way) I would strongly suggest that you spend the $15 on one nicer bronze than two low grade ones. I would highly recommend our CCF member Louisvillekyshop AKA cody11111 on ebay. I believe he is still buying some ad space on this subforum?

Take it from someone who wasted a lot of money on barely-identifiable Greek bronzes... the difference between a $5-7 Greek bronze and a $15-30 Greek bronze is well worth the price difference!
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 Posted 10/06/2019  6:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for posting those shots, Anthony. Still hard to make out the last one, at least for me. Perhaps a winged figure right for the reverse? Victory advancing? I might just be imagining that.

Third row, third image, likely a Poseidon with horse from Amphipolis, is a particularly nice one, imo.
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 Posted 10/06/2019  8:20 pm  Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fin235;

Very kind of you to mention me. The fact is the buyer needs to consider what he is interested in. What part of history he enjoys the most. Then he might know better what pieces he wants to focus on. As for me, when it comes to coins I can't even keep up and all dealers are like me, overwhelmed with inventory they have to go through. So Anthony, what part of history most interests you? What era are you most wanting to read about?
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 Posted 10/06/2019  9:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I would strongly suggest that you spend the $15 on one nicer bronze than two low grade ones.


Welcome to CCF and I agree with this. There is no reason to bottom feed when nicer examples are available for only a little more.
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 Posted 10/06/2019  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
$15 for two of the best is quite a good price.

You should go for the two that have the most detail on them. such that they can be most easily identified.

In my opinion, they are, in the first two pictures:
2nd row 3rd from left, and
3rd row 3rd from left.

Nevertheless, go for the two coins that you like. THEN, have lots of fun finding all you can about them, by any and all means at your disposal, which includes advice.

$15 not too much to risk, even without any ancient coin experience. In this case, and at this price level, go with your own 'gut' feeling.

Have a good think.

A 'gut' feeling and good calm thinking with circumspection will serve you well, if you go down the road of ancient coin collecting.

In this sort of circumstance, I still collect in this way.

However, lots of trusted advice, and lots of experience are even more critical, if you continue down that road.


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 Posted 10/07/2019  04:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Anthony Trollope to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for all your advice, I'm thinking I might spend the $15 on 1 coin, or ask about a different coin that I know he has that caught my eye. Also I like the history of the coins, but how I choose on whether to buy a coin is on its beauty.
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 Posted 10/08/2019  9:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Anthony Trollope to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Decided to take your advice on buying one coin that is higher quality and I decided to get this one, I got it for $10 before shipping and taxes if anyone is curious.
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 Posted 10/09/2019  6:09 pm  Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you are curious, your chosen coin is(in my opinion)

KINGS OF MACEDON. Perseus (179-168 BC). Ae. Uncertain mint in Macedon.
Obv: Head of the hero Perseus right, wearing winged Phrygian helmet.
Eagle standing left on plough, head right; to left, Nike with wreath and palm.
SNG Alpha Bank 1143.

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 Posted 10/11/2019  4:33 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To be completely honest ....
This coin has corrosion and pitting that looks very much like bronze disease
It looks to me like it has gotten the $1 cure which removes most
But not all of the 'problem'
Keep an eye on it
If you see green fuzzies appearing on it then it's .....
Likely doomed
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