Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by AdamsCollection, Feb 25, 2020.
Thanks for any advice!
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Mostly bronze, some silver
@John Anthony if he is willing to offer your coins in one of his auctions here on CT, but I don't know how fast he can sell them for you.
I will third this option as well. He has done some great auctions.
@Bing had run his own auctions last year via Google spreadsheet and email/PM... You can ask him how it went and how he made it happen.
Choosing the proper venue is a very important decision. The venue you choose, though, depends on the nature of the collection you are trying to liquidate. You mention it is "ancient" -- is it Greek, Roman, non-classical civilization? Is the collection large because it consists of numerous inexpensive, low-grade bronze coins, or is it large because it was accumulated over years by a collector of means who spent three and four figures per coin? The place to sell hundreds of high-grade silver staters of the various Greek city-states is different than the venue for four hundred late Roman bronze AE III and AE IV coins that were acquired as uncleaned or bulk lots.
Most collections are somewhere in between, containing several high-quality, prized items and a lot of mid-grade coins and several coins that many auction firms would simply pass on. If you need money fast -- but not necessarily all at once --you may wish to sell the best coins outright to a high-end auction firm, consign the medium-value coins to an auction firm that handles that sort of material, and try to sell the low-value coins individually or in small lots yourself on eBay or V coins auctions. This way, the most valuable items bring in the needed cash quickly (albeit at a loss), with the harder to sell items bringing in money slowly over time, but sold at a price closer to their market value, being sold at public auction rather than wholesale to a dealer.
When were they bought?
Where were they bought?
Are they all attributed?
What is the general quality?
These answers will help a lot in deciding who would be willing to buy them or sell them for you.
If you have a large number of low value coins ($5 or less on average) list them as a big lot. I've sold several large lots and almost always come out ahead - even buying large lots from auction houses to re-photograph and list on ebay.
I recommend you check him out,
@Aethelred (Michael Swoveland of WNC Coins) is trustworthy and might be able to give you a fair wholesale offer on the whole thing for the sake of speed and simplicity. I recently ended up with a consignment of several dozen Roman coins, which he handled for me.
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