Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Sallent, Sep 17, 2019.
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None of us know whether we have 3 years or not. Do what give you pleasure and leave what is left to those who are left. I do suggest telling the family who to contact regarding the coins so they have an easier time with the matter but a few million coins won't matter then anyway. For that matter, I suggest a little 'book' with instructions including who on Coin Talk should be notified when we pass. I suppose this is minor compared to things like insurance policy numbers and notifying the government but there are people who no longer post here that I wonder about.
Thank you for the Dylan Thomas poem @Orfew - one of my favorites - I will have to send you a calligraphic rendition of it. And thank you for your nice post. I hope you understand that I was fondly “joshing” you? Now I need to respect @Sallent and the other participants in this thread by getting back on topic which I will do by picking up my previous post response.
I don't always know exactly what I have. Today, I bought the lower coin from this die matched pair at retail. I thought it splendid for a Roman Republican bronze, and it comes from an Astarte sale in 2004 as you can see (that's not today's sale picture but from a die study database that has been assembled by Richard Schaefer). It cost £135 and I moved very fast on it as that's very inexpensive for that quality. After acquisition, I then looked to my records and found that I already own the … die matched coin above it! from a Vecchi sale 3 in 1996. Until the newbie arrives I don't even know which is the better coin. Actually I am really happy with both.
I'm always acquiring bits and bobs, coins that attract me, coins to study, coins that might have a good provenance, mostly around the $100 level. That's totally separate from, or parallel to, my process of gradually upgrading a large low condition collection into a small high quality collection. Even when the day comes when I've decided never again to spend four figures on any coin, I'll still be buying and savouring coins like the Marcus Marcius Manius Filius Triens I bought today. Never going to stop.
Sorry, I drifted off there - but I am awake now and I want to add that my collecting emphasis gradually shifted to Romano-Britannic associated coins as you will find if you chance to visit any of my web pages. That was a natural development for I was born and grew up in the north eastern Lancashire/north western Yorkshire border region of Britain with my family having roots mostly in north Yorkshire (Ancient Brigantes?). In later times when I visited that region and hiked the wild moorlands (actually north of Hadrian’s wall) I reflected that I might just be possibly treading on the same ground as that marched on by Septimius Severus and his sons Caracalla and Geta - later by Constantius and his son Constantine - during their campaigns against the warlike tribes of the region - a great stretch I know, but it caused me to shift my emphasis to coins associated with the Roman invasions and occupation of Britain, especially northern Britain. And so I finally (after much rambling) am round to doing some justice to the original posted request of @Sallent : I have down-sized my collection at https://jp29.org/twenty.htm to hopefully use the coins in multiple ways as mostly Romano-Britannic associated historical artifacts https://jp29.org/000favorites.htm (and some Julio-Claudians, my first love).
Agreed, and I anticipate increasing my number of side collections as it becomes prohibitively difficult to fill in blanks in my core collection. Like most of us (outside of an oil Sheikh or two), I have finite resources and there are opportunity costs with every purchase, as well as the challenge of some coins simply not coming up for sale often - I have many coins on my wantlist which haven't hit the market since they entered my wantlist. Side collections and other foci are great ways to stay engaged with coins.
@dougsmit's is really composed of several subcollections: world proof and mint sets from my birth year, denarii of Antoninus Pius, US type coins, Canadian Large Cents, etc.
I have no idea how many collectible coins I have in my possession right now, because I have a moderate amount of uncategorized bulk buys I have yet to go through. Overall, not counting the bulk buys and mint/proof sets (I don't really think of them in terms of individual coins), I'm guessing I'm at around 200. Including the mint and proof sets as individual coins might almost double that. Adding the rest of my miscellaneous coins might bring me to around 4-500.
For now, my limits are basically down to budget and storage space.
As to numerical limits, I would like to keep my collection confined to 2 Abafil cases. Anymore than that and they just take up too much space. Since my collection is more than 90% denarii, this gives me lots of room to expand my collection for many years to come.
Lately I have found myself researching and writing about the denarii of Domitian. The coins of his first year as Augustus are fascinating to me and I would love to have more of them. I might even dedicate an Abafil case specifically to the coinage of Domitian.
Those of you who can limit themselves to 20 or 100, (heck, 1000) coins are sturdier souls than I. The collecting obsession is simply too strong. Even on vacation in Thailand I managed to buy 6 early Thai pieces.
Does your collection have a limit?
Only my interests.
Wow. Thats a silly question R U Serious. Most pick on new members. I'll never be more surprised
If, I had the financial means, my project would be to have all RR/ Imperial Rome/ Western/ Eastern Roman gold/ silver coinage in MS quality/ close second the Holy Roman Empire AV Dukaten/ Swiss Cantons/ Transylvania...
Good point Doug.
I am a member of the Pasadena, TX coin club. Three of our members passed in the last two months. I spoke with the daughter in law of John M last Sunday. She did not know where John kept his coins, or what to do with them. She found some silver bars that probably are worth a bit, but John had some super coins and those have not been found.
I am fortunate that my son knows dealers who could advise him on what to do with my collection.
That's 350 coins then if you mean the 5 tray 35 slot Abafils. Or 1078 coins for the briefcase size with 77 slots and 7 trays. Or, if you go for the largest Abafils with 14 trays of 77 coins, 2156 coins. Or did you mean a different size in either case quite a step up from your current 98 coins.
Great thing about defining a collection size in number of Abafils, is you get to decide what size Abafil without disclosing it to us.
You caught me Andrew. I was being deliberately vague about any definite number of coins. I currently use a 4 tray Mediodiplomat, each with 24 spaces. I would like a second one so I could mix the tray sizes depending on how much my collection expands. I also have the 12 spaces Abafil case in which is stored one of my 12 Caesars collection in denarii. My second 12 Caesars in silver is stored in quickslabs in a Leuchterm case. I would not mind having them all in one case.
Thanks for the comment.
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