Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Molon Labe, Nov 24, 2020.
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But to answer your question, NGC grading and encapsulation is generally trustworthy. Reason being they have experts examining the ancients they grade.
VCoins. Prices tend to be higher than eBay, but the dealers are more reputable, although a couple seem to be wildly overpriced. A nice function of their search engine is that you can list coins in order of price, going from low to high, so you can avoid dealers who charge way too much.
Perhaps a high roller like yourself would not be interested in the beginners FAQ thread that features a section on recommended sellers? But here it is anyway....
And they probably won’t be graded either.
I cannot wrap my head around why anyone would see the need to grade an ancient coin. The ‘grade’ mindset just doesn’t work or matter in ancients for a plethora of reasons.
NGC does it by far the best, but the only value I see in their slabbing is as a trustworthy sign of authenticity when you wouldn’t necessarily trust yourself or the dealer
is excellent but the very best ancient coins are usually found at auction.
I think you would do better finding a trustworthy dealer to help build a collection. You may pay a little more for the dealer’s knowledge and experience, but they can help a new collector navigate through the minefield.
If you insist on buying graded coins, NGC seems to do a reasonable job, as others have said. Also, I recommend skipping ebay for buying high end ancients until you have some experience. It's too easy to lose a lot of money buying the wrong coin, even slabbed. Just my thoughts. Hope this helps.
Gotta be willing to get dirty if one wants to find the goods.
I mean where else is a person gonna find something like this for less than $7 shipped?
Check out Heritage Auctions signature sale 3087 as Heritage offers nice coins and tends to cater to those who prefer NGC slabbed and graded ancients.
This, for example, is about a $75-85 coin at full retail and could be obtained at auction for even less. But because of the slab, it has a starting bid of $135. I don't pay $50-60 extra for someone to tell me it's "AU".
I was saddened back when VCoins added a feature to their "advanced search" that allows the return of only those coins that have been "NGC Certified". :-( I would much prefer to have a feature that allows the return of only those coins that are NOT "NGC Certified".
(Just my two-prutot on the subject.)
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