Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Everett Guy, Oct 23, 2020.
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There's a lot of overlap between the listings on the four sites. With the exception of the auction houses Lanz and Emporium Hamburg, which are both notorious for peddling fakes (you can search the archives here for more details) the firms that list on those sites are pretty much all reputable and have enough eyes on them that the chances of any accidental fakes getting spotted and removed are high.
The most interesting coins and the best deals are nearly always found in auctions, so I highly recommend you branching out beyond ebay.
A couple other pieces of advice:
--don't put much (or really any) stock in auction estimates. They're usually set low to entice bids and have only minimal relation to the market value of the coins.
--remember to factor in auction and shipping fees and currency conversion on top of what you bid when you're deciding your budget. I've seen firsthand how a coin you thought was going to be $250 ended up costing $500.
--if you get to the point of bidding on coins in europe (where many of the best auctions are) you should pay using transferwise or a similar service that has much lower fees than bank transfers
--Italy and some other countries have export restrictions which mean that coins need to get export licenses which can add months to the delivery time
I once won a lot of ancient Greek bronzes for what I thought was a great price. When I received them, I was surprised to discover that all the coins were between 9 and 12 mm, rather than the 16-20 mm coins I was expecting. This was not apparent in the auction photo. I was pretty disappointed initially, but I ended up having so much fun trying to ID them--what a challenge; after about 18 months, I've been able to identify about 85% of them--that I'm now totally hooked on Greek bronzes.
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