Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by edteach, May 15, 2019.
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Also, use the advanced search for type and filter by price.
If you are wanting a nicer first coin, like a silver denarius of Trajan or Marcus Aurelius, I would recommend hunting around for a ~$50 example with high eye appeal on Biddr or Agora Auctions. Just be mindful that most auction firms charge 15-20% on top of all winning bids, and most charge $10-20 for shipping because they don't ship uninsured. Vcoins is another good venue, but all of their listings are fixed priced, and frankly, 75% are way overpriced.
I personally wouldn't recommend dropping much more than $50 without having a solid idea of what you're interested in.
www.fsrcoins.com and Dr. Ronald Kurlan out of New Jersey (does not have a web site).
You got the Caracalla for a fair price and the Diocletian for a great price! But what matters are the coins. Both are in good condition and will be excellent places to start and will provide lots of learning opportunity.
@Ken Dorney who has one of the finest shops on vcoins with stuff for beginner and intermediate collectors. His direct link is http://coolcoins.com/
Another dealer I highly recommend for beginners is Marc at https://mrbcoins.com/
On both sites you'll find a lot of budget friendly options for beginners. These two dealers also price their coins well, so you'll have fun shopping and save some money.
And also, contact our very own @John Anthony ....he is the king of getting special pieces at insanely low prices. How insane? He found me a Julius Caesar lifetime Denarius in VF condition for $900. The same coin would have easily been $1,200+ on vcoins or any online auction. Tell him what kind of coins you like or what you're looking for and he'll come back with some great offers.
And no, I'm not related in any way to them...just my honest assessment.
Best advice on how to shop at vcoins that I've ever heard. I do exactly the same thing you do, then once I'm finally sure I have the right coin at the right price, I still double-check by comparing it to auction prices.
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