Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ocatarinetabellatchitchix, Nov 15, 2019.
My new babies
And the famous pile
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searching in a “Junk Pile” of 350 4th century coins and finding something nice.
Last time i searched in a junk pile i felt sorry for those coins - after 1700 years, somebody made sure that the "junk pile" deserved the name.
Here is my best "junk pile find" so far. I basically bought it because I had searched through the pile for far too long to leave without buying anything, recognized Mount Argaios, and thought the coin kind of attractive. Later on, I found out that this is somewhat of a Cappadocian rarity. There are only seven known examples listed in RPC and three additional ones on acsearch. All of them hammered at three digit prices, so I consider this a good find:
Archelaus, Kingdom of Cappadocia, Æ18, 24/23 BC (?), Eusebeia mint. Obv: Head Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath. Rev: EVΣΕ – ΒΕΙΑΣ, eagle over Mount Argaios. 18mm, 5.02g. Ref: RPC I, 3610.
@Orielensis ! I was also happy to discover a Constantius Gallus in the pile. Since he was one of the few who escaped the family massacre, I felt like I was saving him from the junk...I’m a hero...
The coins in that box look pretty nice and not like junk at all.
I have seen much worse. I love searching through pick bags and bargain bins.
Nice pickups! Did you get to see Robert, Gary or Sveto?
It is fun to look through junk piles, especially when the price is right. I collect ancient coins because I happened across a Junk Pile at a coin shop in Houston (HNE). Most of the coins attributed in a few weeks. One worn coin took a few years. It was a Roman Provencal bronze of Diadumenianus.
A more recent find is an Imperial bronze.
Of course Gary Miller and Svetolik were there. Haven’t seen so many high grades coins for a long times. If I had 20,000$ of budget I could have spend it in one hour !
Many years ago I bought one of these – it looked pretty much the same – for $5 from a junk box (Kokotailo). But years later I sold it! (Dumb.)
There are exceptions - especially show dealers encouraging kids and older dreamers. I applaud them. There are many that are pleasant to people not ready to spend $50 and $500 (applying the factor for inflation in the last 60 years) but the hobby seems more aimed on investment coins rather than one that make us feel good felling them with bare fingers. Few of them have coins to sell them. Will enough collectors join the hobby after they have paid off their student loans and built their practices/businesses to replace those now on Social Security? What will be the final resting place for the millions of sub-MS coins when those of us who collected them have finished with them? I hope there will be fingers who want to feel them.
junque. The latter can be quite fun.
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