Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by edteach, Sep 21, 2023.
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Here are some useful links, which contain lists of Ebay sellers, who sell fake coins, according to the links.
which although not exhaustive may be worth consolidating with the forum and Augustus lists, and any other black books you use.
Yes. It looks like haelot_82, the seller of the OP coin, is in this list.
@red_spork good to see you
I buy virtually all my ancients from eBay - so far this year I've been fooled about three times by fakes. But the others (and there are lots of others) seem to be fine - when it comes to bargains, eBay really seems hard to beat. If you don't mind sifting through fakes, and (there's waayyy more of these) grossly over-priced genuine listings.
But, Ebay seems to do nothing, to police the sellers of ancient and medieval coins on its platform. Ebay seems to do nothing, to try to prevent sellers from selling fake ancient and medieval coins. That's why, there are so many fake ancient and medieval coins on Ebay.
Vcoins, on the other hand, seems to police the sellers of ancient and medieval coins on its platform. That's why, there are so few fake ancient and medieval coins on Vcoins.
However, I agree, that there are some good sellers of ancient and medieval coins on Ebay. I occasionally search Ebay for ancient and medieval coins. Know the seller, or know the coin.
But occasionally I also look on eBay for things like this Constantius II rarity for my Fallen Horseman "mint set" (Amiens/Ambianum). Very hard to find, so I was especially excited to find one for $10! (Still need Trier/Treves/Treveri...if anyone happens to have a duplicate!)
When I bought this next coin on eBay -- an Athens New Style Tetradrachm -- it was the third time I had seen the same coin for sale within a year and a half. This was a totally fluke encounter while I was looking for books on Greek coins.
(1) I was outbid at the Stack's auction for part 1 of the Mark & Lottie Salton Collection at NYINC in January 2022.
Not surprising -- the sale was highly anticipated & bidding was ferocious!
(2) Shortly after, it appeared in the VCoins / MA-Shops inventory of a seller I've bought from on a few occasions over the past 15-20 years. I felt it was a reasonable markup -- but if I couldn't afford the bid, I couldn't afford the fixed price!
(3) Finally appeared on eBay a couple months ago -- no mention of its important provenance, though you can see "Salton Collection" on the NGC tag in the seller photos (edited collage below) -- where I was able to buy it for almost 40% less than the original auction price & about 60% less than the MA-Shops price!
(By then I had also found additional prior listings of this coin in two catalogs from the 1950s -- Glendining's 1955 Auction, Count Laval Collection; Salton FPL 27 in 1958!)
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