Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by robinjojo, Jul 10, 2020.
Here are some coins for sale, but I really don't think they're available by now.
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@DonnaML I remember you talking about buying coins from Gimbels.
EDIT: Per https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/, That $17.50 Alexander The Great Tet for $17.50 is equal to $159.19 in 2020 dollars. Just thought I'd add that.
Ah, yes, those were the days! I wasn’t buying many Ancient coins by mail then - I bought them mostly at the coin department of Joske’s of Texas in San Antonio. I could take a ten dollar bill (no credit cards in those days) buy a couple of Julio-Claudian asses and have enough money left to buy a cup of coffee (10 cents) and a bus ride.
I assume that the Greek coins listed on the back cover are the actual coins offered, but probably not for the Roman; those prices seem to be for a type coin from their stock.
I'd love to find out, but they don't have an 800 number or email address! Shoot!
That Tyrian shekel would have considerably outpaced inflation.
And that's really a fraction of what a comparable coin would fetch on today's market.
Here are a few listings of this coin picked randomly online:
I first (and last!) visited Gimbels coin department in NYC in 1968. I recall thinking that they were asking too much for what they had. I bought nothing there but there were better stores downtown. The coins I bought there were sold in 1974 and I don't recall details. I went to NYC several times while stationed at Ft. Monmouth NJ. The bus was $6 round trip and I ate at places recommended in a book which is still available:
It’s just so crazy to think about a time where you’d buy coins without the ability to zoom in on a screen to identify every little microscopic detail of the surface for examination!
But inflation over the decades, plus increased collector interest have contributed to the very high prices for some coins that we see today. Still, everything is relative.
It's ok...I'm almost finished with my time machine. When I go back and buy everything, I will be sure to give you a few when I get back to 2020
...did not know until just now that they sold coins (wouldn't have made a difference at the time).
Great info., thanks @robinjojo !
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