Is this a good find ?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kokotko, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. kokotko

    kokotko New Member

    I just won this on ebay auction, 30 bucks find, was it worth it ?

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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Yes, it is well worth the $30. Even if the average price for one individuale coin is only $5, you got your monies worth. I see a couple in the group that should clean up well and be worth the $30 alone. Good luck. Keep us informed once you receive them.
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  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I'd buy that lot for $30.
  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    This lot has two values. The coins are, on average, worth the $2 each. The practice learning to ID them will be a lesson worth several times that. You have Greek, Roman and Byzantine. Some will be easy; some less so.
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  6. Nice pick up and a good cognitive challenge for you.
  7. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    I really like buying lots like this - and yep, I'd say it is a good deal. With all due respect to Doug, I'd guess several of those I think would be worth more than two bucks - the Decanummium from Constantinople and the Philip II AE for instance. Two bucks average maybe, but I see a couple of gems.

    And is that a silphium plant I see on the reverse of one of 'em? Those types always go way outside my budget. I'd love to find one in a lot.
  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    $30 divided by 16 coins is s tad under $2 so the answer to the question is they need to be worth an average of $2 to be a good deal. They are. I still believe the best thing is the experience of IDing them so we should not give answers until requested. I am not a botanist but I saw no Silphium. I might be wrong. Perhaps we have a specialist here than can ID that one. It would make a big difference if you are correct.
  9. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    It's a plant of some sort, I think - second photo, bottom row, far right?

  10. kokotko

    kokotko New Member

    Actually, all 5 greek coins were identified by the seller, its supposed to be: Antioch ad Orontem, Syria, AE 3.72gr;16mm. Semi-autonomous, AD 68-69 (under Galba or Otho). Head of Apollo right / laurel branch.

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  11. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I only see four Greeks. You obviously know more than we do or more than you are telling.
  12. guaranaguru

    guaranaguru New Member

    (sorry, it was already posted before that the coin was from Antioch before)
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