New to Coin Collecting

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by macsauce2012, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. macsauce2012

    macsauce2012 New Member

    Hello guys, I am new to the coin world and have a bunch of coins. One I have no where to start, so if you have any advice on how to best price or know what I have that would be great! I would love to take pictures of all of my coins and have someone take a look at them online, so if that is a thing let me know. I did come across a page on here for Ancient Roman Coins. I have one and I see some that are similar, but not any that are exact. Would anyone on here be able to tell me what I got and what it may be worth?

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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Welcome to CT.
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  4. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the club. A lot of ancient guys here that can help you...

    Plus a lot of ancient coin guys! ;)
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  5. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Welcome! Your coin has the obverse legend A K M A KAPINOC CЄB which is in Greek. The KAPINOC translates to the emperor Carinus. Your coin is Roman Provincial (rather than Roman Imperial, or made for use within the empire) and was minted and used in the Roman province of Alexandria, Egypt.

    It looks like it is Athena on the reverse holding a statuette of Nike. Struck in year 2 (told to us by the letter B on the right, the 2nd letter of the greek alphabet) of Carinus' reign, or 283/284 AD.

    It's a very nice example, @macsauce2012!

    Here is one of my Carinus Alexandrian Tetradrachms:
    Carinus (as Caesar), Ruled 282-283 AD
    AE Tetradrachm, Egypt, Alexandria
    Struck 282/283 AD
    Obverse: A K MA KAPINOC K, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
    Reverse: Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae, date LA in upper left field (year 1=282/283 AD).
    References: Emmett 4012, Dattari 5576, Köln 3172
    Ex: Naville Numismatics, Auction 49, Lot #203 (5-12-2019)
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  6. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

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  7. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

    Once you have identified an ancient coin, to find an approximate value, have a look at vcoins. Search for your coin, find one in similar condition and you will get a "retail price", so your coin will be worth less than the price shown.
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  8. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    And regarding identification help, plenty of folks on this board are happy to, as you've already found out.

    I very much like @TIF's guidelines, though (below). Of course, the ideal would be to glean enough help and info to eventually be able to identify coins for yourself, which is often more fun.


    Guidelines for posting coins for identification
    1. One coin per thread.
    2. Do not flood the board with requests. Perhaps one per day, or less.
    3. Include adequate images of both sides of the coin. The pictures should be in focus, of large enough size, and well lit. Crop the images so we see mostly coin, not a tiny round object on a big table. It is preferable to join the obverse and reverse into one side-by-side image. There are numerous free photo editing apps for this. When cropped, a side-by-side picture of 1000 pixels in width is a good size. If the sides are not joined, 400 to 500 pixels wide is plenty, assuming you've cropped out most of the background.
    4. Upload the coin image and show as "Full Image" in thread rather than as a thumbnail. If people have to click to see the image, you won't get as many lookers.
    5. Include the weight and diameter of the coin.
    6. Tell us how you acquired the coin and any other information which might help.
    7. Tell us what steps you've taken so far in your effort to identify the coin.
    8. Tell us what you think it might be.
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  9. macsauce2012

    macsauce2012 New Member

    Wow that is so cool! Thank you so much for this information. Where might I go to get a trustworthy appraisal. I do not have any other ancient coins, but I do have a coin collection with roughly 2,000 coins or more. Would you suggest or recommend to try to upload as many coins as I can to an online inventory for ease of classifying and appraising? I really like this site, does coin talk have an online inventory option? BTW, Nice coin!
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  10. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    As Pish suggested, simple searching on will often bring up similar coins and can be used to get a rough retail market "self-appraisal" of a coin (again, as Pish points out, retail is not actual value, so minus some from what you see, like 25% to even 50% lower).

    For example, a similar coin to your coin appears in the search results for "Carinus Tetradrachm" on and can give you a (retail) starting point:

    And as Gavin stated, we welcome your posting your coins from your collection, but it's suggested to follow the guidelines above to keep the forum from being overloaded, keep things respectful for all, and to provide the best information to those members willing and able to help... and we love to see people take it upon themselves to seek out answers themselves before posting and share what they have found out in their post as a way for them learn for themselves. We were all starting out beginners at some point in the past. :woot:
  11. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    We've had a discussion about exactly that, the cataloging of our collections. Feel free to review the thread and try some options out:
  12. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

    Lots of sites have galleries. Cointalk does, forvmancientcoins does. I use, for about $30 per year. A bit flakey but it's ok for me, and I like the idea if I have an online record of my coins in case my computer gets stolen along with my coins!
  13. wegm10

    wegm10 New Member

    New to collecting and already at 2,000 coins!?!
  14. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    In a perfect world, all people would read and heed the TIF rules before posting BUT there is one more she was taking for granted. This is the ancients section of Coin Talk. A collection of 2001 coins with only one ancient has nothing more to post here. There are other sections of Coin Talk but I have no idea what they expect. Your first ancient is a much nicer coin tthan most first coins we see. We will look forward to your ancient #2.
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  15. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Amen-Ra-Hotep

    Welcome to Coin Talk.

    That is a good example of a Carinus tetradrachm of Alexandria. One further point about your coin in an economic sense is that were only used in Egypt, they did not circulate outside of that province. So folks going into Egypt had to exchange their Imperial coins into the standard of Egypt. And likewise folks leaving Egypt had to exchange their Egyptian money into Imperial money, struck by the authorized mints of the Empire. I also have a Carinus tetradrachm.

    Carinus (283-284 A.D.)

    AE Tetradrachm of Alexandria, 19mm 7.19 grams

    Year 2 = 284 AD.

    Obverse: A K M A KAΡINOC CEB, laureate, cuirassed bust right

    Reverse: L-B, Elpis standing left holding flower and hem of skirt.

    Reference: Milne 4701-3, BMC 2454, Koln 3177


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  16. GSDykes

    GSDykes Well-Known Member

    Gary in Washington, minus my dog, Peaches
  17. longshot

    longshot Enthusiast Supporter

    You could tell us a little more about your coins, world? US? silver? wheat cents? What are we talking about?
  18. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    Welcome to CoinTalk, @macsauce2012 :).

    That's a very nice Alexandrian tetradrachm. Do you have other ancient coins or are the rest medieval or later?
  19. macsauce2012

    macsauce2012 New Member

    Thank you all for the warm welcomes. I will eventually begin replying to yawls post sometime this week, as much as I wish to dive into all of these coins as I find it rather fascinating. The daily grinds of college and CFP studies, as well as work limit me from doing this.
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