My first ancients

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Malleus Maleficarum, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    I took a step into the incredible world of the ancients recently. Two coins arrived this weekend. One is the Sicily Syracuse Agathokles AE16 - Persephone. It's about 16.5MM and 3.5g. I really love the coins with Arethusa and Persephone. They're sweet looking ladies.

    The other coin I bought listed as HERA ANCIENT GREEK COIN 300 BC. After researching it, the description seemed wrong. I came to the conclusion it was Seleucid Kingdom Antiochus IV - Apollo. Rev- Apollo seated left on omphalos holding arrow and resting on bow. This coin is 12MM and 4g.

    I have more on the way. One should be here in tomorrow's mail.

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  3. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome to the dark side!
     
  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    lol. Dark side, congrat's !!
     
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  5. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    For someone just starting out with ancients, I think you made some great purchases. Congratulations, and welcome aboard.
     
  6. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..those are dandy starter coins....they would dandies for a seasoned ancient collector..very nice! :)
     
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  7. Cicero12

    Cicero12 Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coins! By the way, love the name!
     
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  8. Alegandron

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

    Congrats, and welcome to Ancients - The Dark Side as we have called it for several years here at CT.

    I really like those Bull designs on the Syracuse AE's. The difficult to find versions are Butting RIGHT.

    BULL BUTTING LEFT

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    Sicily Syracuse 317-289 BC AE 23 Hemilitron Agathokles Kore Bull Dolphin Left


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    Sicily Syracuse Hieron II 275-269 BC AE 22 Persephone Bull LEFT


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    Sicily Messana Mamertini 288-278 BCE AE 28 16-8g Ares - Bull Butting
     
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  9. Alegandron

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

    BULL BUTTING RIGHT

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    Sicily Syracuse Hieron II 275-269 BC AE 15 Persephone Bull RIGHT Rare


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    Sicily Syracuse Hieron II compare Butting Bulls Right and Left Rev

     
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  10. Alegandron

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

  11. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Chocolate Chip, NO THANKS. Now, if it were Snickerdoodles you could count me in Alegandron... Great coins Malleus M. Good luck.
     
  12. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    Blazingly nice start!!! :singing: Those are great looking! :happy:

    If these are an indication of your taste, looking forward to the next posts. ;)
     
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  13. cmezner

    cmezner do ut des Supporter

    @Malleus Maleficarum very welcome to Ancients, the best place to be; for me it is a very bright side :happy:

    Is your second coin a serrate or is it in a frame?
     
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  14. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

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  15. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    I am new to acient coins, I normally collect silver american or silver 1oz foreign coins so when I started to get acient coins I went with silver but now am intrigued by the brass/copper ones too. Do you mind if I ask a good round about price on these? I know there are alot of different variables and condition is alot, but I have seen or look to be good deals on these coins and with good markings on them . I think I might start collecting these too. They look great by the way.
     
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  16. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    i think you'd like it Everett....there's a lot more action in ancients compared to other coin collecting...kinda like comparing a crap game to bridge...:)
     
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  17. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    Yes, its def alittle more exciting than just regular coins thats for sure. Maybe thats because I just started collecting the acient ones.
     
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  18. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    It's a serrate.

    Thank you all for the kind words. Yes, I got dragged into the dark side. I heard the siren song and was shown splendid delights, now I'm hooked. I look forward to this new aspect of numismatics.

    I got another coin in the mail today, I'll post it in another thread.
     
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  19. +VGO.DVCKS

    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    @ominus1, I. So. Need That. ....Even comparing poker to bridge.... Even if all the hardware is parked next to the coat rack.
     
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  20. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    Compared to a 200-year-old US penny, a 2,000-year-old Greek bronze is an amazing bargain. Expect to pay anywhere from $10 for a coin in just good enough condition to ID it, to $150 for a typical Greek bronze in really nice condition. You should not have any difficulty finding decent Greek bronzes in the $20-$50 range.

    Ancient Roman coins from the 3rd-4th century A.D. are even cheaper, starting around $5 for common, identifiable examples.
     
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