Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Patrick M, Sep 18, 2020.
If some of you knowledgeable people here would help me out with one, I would appreciated it.
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I could be entirely wrong and would love to hear from some real experts.
But I am not a dealer or authenticator so my collector’s reaction would “pass.”
OBVERSE: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right
REVERSE: PM TR P IIII COS II P P, Gordian in military dress, standing right with spear & globe
Struck at Rome, 241 AD
RIC IV iii, 92, page 25 - Cohen 253
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I do appreciate your input and the photos.
Thank you! What about the weight difference from 5.5g to 4.8g?
Also, weight can vary wildly on most antoninianii from this period - all of them were worth more than their silver content, so 5 grams plus or minus one didn't matter as long as there was faith they would all spend the same. I think they come as heavy as 7-8 grams and as light as 3-4.
I looked at that, but believe it can b explained away as many factors could cause the variation. In other words, I wouldn't worry about the minor variation.
It can definitely be overwhelming at first but it is so much fun. Especially if you are into history.
Yeah, I bet it's an amazing journey. Small stapes will get u there I'm sure.
Geta - 209-212 AD
That is a nice looking lion!
@Patrick M , Welcome to Ancients!
I collect historically.
My suggestion would be to find an area that you think is interesting. Do a little Wikipedia searching, then take a look at VCoins and MA-Shops selling venues. Also, lurk in CT Ancients (I did for 2 years before I ever posted). Use the SEARCH bar in the upper right hand corner of the CT Screen in the Ancients Forum. Watch what people comment on, learn some of the FAKE Sites to get info, find out who are trusted sellers, etc. eBay is "ok", but KNOW the Seller and/or KNOW the Coin. There are a LOT of folks in the Ancients area of CT that are GREAT Sellers...
When in doubt (coins, terms, words, etc.), I GOOGLE EVERYTHING! At least I get an "idea" about what is going on.
Some Ancients collecting areas are fairly low-cost, some areas can be a little more expensive.
Start small, grow into this side of the Hobby. What looks intimidating is actually a lot of "sub-hobbies" within Ancients that some can be very interesting for you. If you are looking to "invest", forget it. If you are looking for fun, WOW, this is it for Coin collecting.
I got out of US collecting 30 years ago. Best move I made by collecting Ancients instead.
Personally, I started truly collecting Ancients in the Roman Republic area. Love the history, and grew into several other Ancients areas, but a lot of them were entities that interacted with the Roman Republic. Most of my coins are from the BCE time period, although I do have a lot from the Roman "Empire" era (CE time period).
OH! And have FUN !!! That is my first priority.
L Livineius Regulus (moneyer)
42 BCE 3.8g 19mm
Regulus bust -
Gladiators in Arena
Crawford 494-30, Sydenham 1112, Sear 489
CARTHAGE (Nemesis of Rome)
First Punic War
AR Double Shekel
26 mm 13.9 g
Horse stndng r star above
SNG Cop 185 R
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