My first Ancients

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Myntmannen, May 23, 2020.

  1. Myntmannen

    Myntmannen Member

    Ever since visiting Rome last summer I developed an interest in the history of the Roman Empire. I was already collecting coins but not from that time period.

    Well, I finally got my first few Roman coins a few days ago from Vcoins and just wanted to share them. Appreciate any input you might have on them as I am still very much an ancient noob =)

    I really just chose them because they were the most interesting ones to me within budget (less than $50/coin) and silver.

    Dealer pics below:

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  3. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Congrats for this choice. Keep going, even slowly.
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  4. Only a Poor Old Man

    Only a Poor Old Man Well-Known Member

    Quite a nice set. Good price too if all are cheaper than 50 bucks. I collect Greek coins and they are way more expensive than Roman ones in general. You cannot find decent examples for that amount.
  5. Fugio1

    Fugio1 Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice representative examples. The Geta and Septimius Severus are especially nice for under $50.
  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    That's a great assortment of first coins, congrats.
  7. svessien

    svessien Senior Member Supporter

    Velkommen, Myntmannen!
    Nice coins, congrats with them and a great new hobby!

    Is that Christian Frederik on the profile pic?
  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice selection of coins. Welcome to the Dark Side (hehehe).
  9. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..those are dandies!...quite a start and at a very good price!...welcome to the dark side @Myntmannen! :)
  10. Myntmannen

    Myntmannen Member

    Thanks everyone! Appreciate all the feedback and the warm welcome. The dude in the avatar is Oscar I (Sweden). You gotta love his hair and stache.
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  11. svessien

    svessien Senior Member Supporter

    Ah. Good old Oscar I


    Do you collect Scandinavian coins as well?
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  12. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I particularly like the Geta for the young portrait. I always find it interesting when a new collector also adds a note as to what it was about the coin that made it appealing compared to others not purchased.

    Your Geta /Spes Publica is correctly identified as Rome mint. I do not have that one. Below is a Spei Perpetuae coin from the branch mint in Syria. These are not marked with a city mark but distinguished by style.

    I hope you will continue to share your hobby as it develops.
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  13. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Nice coins - welcome to the world of Ancients.
  14. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Nice smattering of coins to start out collecting Ancients! Nice job, @Myntmannen ... keep perusing CT Ancients, and hopefully you will see more ideas to expand your collection.

    Although I have several Roman Imperial coins, I enjoy the Roman Republic. I have a few from 137 BCE like yours:


    RR Baebius of Tampilus (2) 137 BCE AR Den Roma LEFT Apollo Quad Sear 113 Crawford 236-1a Left

    RR Veturius 137 BCE AR Den Mars X Oath Scene pig Sear 111 Craw 234-1

    RR Sextus Pompeius 137 BCE AR Den She-Wolf Rom Rem S112 Cr 235-1a
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  15. Myntmannen

    Myntmannen Member

    @svessien Nice coin mate! I do collect Swedish coins (not the other neighboring Scandinavian countries).

    @dougsmit Thank you! I was a little torn if I should have bought one $200 coin vs four $50 coins but I figured it would be a little bit more fun to get the collection going with a few more coins. I know some folks on here really preach the idea of buying fewer coins but at higher quality. While I do agree with that, one could really take that to the extreme and argue to just buy 1 coin for 1K then rather than five $200 coins over a year or whatever ones budget allows.

    @Alegandron Thank you! I like yours as well! How do we know these are from 137BC?
  16. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    References from Sear, and Crawford, as well as various online references. These are based on hoard evidence and dating, etc. I leave that ALL to the experts. You can always google, go online to various sites to get a lot of attribution and best dating information about coins.

    LOL, did you not see the Dates on the coins showing 137 BCE??? :D
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  17. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter


    Great start to your collection and way to make an entrance!

    Cool bankers mark on your RRs nose. This guy got hit on the jaw!

  18. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome. You've bought some very nice first coins! Hopefully you will be inspired by all the coins shown by members and further your collection. Do you have a particular interest in a certain area/era?

    Do whatever you want, that's my advice. It's your hobby :) Just be sure to buy from trustworthy dealers/auctioneers.
  19. Herodotus

    Herodotus Well-Known Member

    I was wondering if that's what I was seeing there. The placement of it perfectly abutting the outline of the nose is pretty cool looking.
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  20. Ricardo123

    Ricardo123 Active Member

    Welcome in the hobby. Stick around and you learn a lot !
  21. Myntmannen

    Myntmannen Member

    @Alegandron Haha... Thanks for the links. I will check them out.

    @Ryro Okay, so that's what that is! It almost looks like it was part of the helmet's design.

    @Limes Thank you, no not really, at this point maybe just get one of each emperor. I do like the designs of the Republic a lot though...
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