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 Posted 07/10/2009  12:27 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add KyKev to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Could someone give a reliable source or two for ancient to medieval coins? I just want a few "to have" and am clueless as to where to buy and what to pay. I prefer silver. Thanks Kevin
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 Posted 07/10/2009  05:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As a beginner in the field, I'd recommend that you stay away from eBay - there's way too many fakes and raw deals there.

For the most part, I buy my ancients and mediaevals off of local dealers that stock them; I don't buy too much from the Internet at all. However, you might not have any local dealers that stock them, so the Internet will be your only recourse.

FORVM Ancient Coins is one of the bigger ancients specialists online, and the only people I've heard talk them down are the people they accuse of selling fakes on eBay; they maintain a "blacklist" of eBay sellers of fakes. They sell all kinds of ancients, from cheap common stuff and uncleaned coins to the scarce and beautiful.

Civitas Galleries is another US-based dealer I've heard only good things about. They stock ancient, mediaeval and modern coins. I've bought a couple of coins off them.

As for what to get: the cheapest ancient silver coins would be Roman denarii, from about 90 to 200 AD. Typical examples from this period will cost as little as $50, maybe even less.

The most readily available mediaeval silver coins here in the English-speaking world will probably be English hammered silver pennies, though other European countries are also fairly easy to find. They can be obtained for $20 or so, though if you want them to be recognizable you might have to pay twice that; mediaeval coins are typically very thin, and more easily damaged than the thick, chunky ancient coins are.
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 Posted 07/10/2009  08:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KyKev to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the great info!
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 Posted 07/10/2009  11:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sedwick Coins ~ You'll likely deal with Augi, tell him I sent you.
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 Posted 07/10/2009  2:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add snowman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Try looking at Vcoins:
http://www.vcoins.com/

MA-Shops:
http://ma-shops.com/

DNE coins:
http://dnecoins.com/default.asp

and Bob Reis:
http://anythinganywhere.com/current...ist284-2.htm

The first two are selling groups. I've bought from several of their sellers and always been happy with my purchases (although I do avoid Tony Fein at Vcoins).

The Second two are private sellers that have been around for a while. Great to deal with, very personable.
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 Posted 07/11/2009  10:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KyKev to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the help folks. I checked out a few of these. I ended up buying my first ancients from APMEX. Not a great selection, but their prices seemed very reasonable, and I had already dealt with them for bullion. On the way- 5 Nabatean bronze, 2 Denari from Septimus Severus, 1 from Hadrian, and a Greek silver Drachm from 450-400 BC.
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 Posted 07/11/2009  10:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinHunter53562 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Civitas Galleries is another US-based dealer I've heard only good things about. They stock ancient, mediaeval and modern coins. I've bought a couple of coins off them.


Wow I was going to say this but you beat me to it! This a local dealer here in the Madison, WI area. Josh and Ben are great guys to work with, and they seem to know their stuff when it comes to medieval and ancient coins.

I might suggest to make sure to look at their show schedule (for the OP). They do shows all over the US and if there is one near you coming up, you can ask them to bring specific coins to the show.
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