Uncleaned again

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Kentucky, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I was watching this one on e-bay and these 25 uncleaned ancients sold for over $300... Why?
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  3. Roman Collector

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    That's insane.
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  4. Sallent

    Sallent Supporter! Supporter

    No idea why anyone would pay that much, though I will say that it looks like those coins might clean up quite nicely. Probably quite a few VF coins under those layers of dirt. I definitely see some nice detail there. But will it all add up to $300 when they are all cleaned up? Impossible to say. Its a gamble at that price.
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  5. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    I was trying to see if someone spotted a very rare type in there, but I'm not seeing one.
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  6. nicholasz219

    nicholasz219 Well-Known Member

    It looks like there are some As sized coins in there. Maybe that was the selling point?
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  8. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    That's what I thought, so I asked here...you guys REALLY know this stuff.
  9. Kentucky

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    Left-hand column, 4th down...anyone know that one? This same seller had lots that looked better to me that are going for 10-20% of this.
  10. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight MMDCCXLV A·V·C Supporter

    Perhaps all that 1st century AD stuff excited a few people? I mean, I don't remember the last time I saw an uncleaned lot that was mostly Augustus and Claudius (then again I don't really seek out lots like these). Even then, $300 seems pretty excessive if there aren't any rare types. First glance at the photos and I thought I was going to see a Placidia or something.
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  11. Puckles

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  12. nicholasz219

    nicholasz219 Well-Known Member

    Looks like a Claudius As with Minerva brandishing spear and holding shield.
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  13. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    That is a common Claudius as of the Minerva type. It is very commonly found in England and certainly not a coin that could push that lot up to $300.
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  14. Kentucky

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    So, maybe the bidiots were out in force.
  15. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Paid $75 recently, for this Claudius Minerva as

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  16. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I see $300 here if they cleaned up with smooth surfaces but I am unable to predict that and don't see what makes it worth the risk. There are several Spanish mint coins in the group so there could be a special interest in that market. What is row 3 coin 3?
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  17. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Must've had something to do with the Pertinax sestertius, I guess.
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  18. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Haha. Made you look again! :p

    Really, I dunno.
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  19. TIF

    TIF I am not an expert Supporter

    SPAIN, Carteia. Tyche / Poseidon


    Must be at least uncommon; didn't find many although some could be buried in large mixed lots.

    Here's another, from CNG:

    287, Lot: 18. Estimate $100.
    Sold for $60. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

    SPAIN, Carteia. After 44 BC. Æ Semis (21mm, 8.26 g, 9h). Turreted head of Fortuna right / Neptune standing left, holding dolphin and trident. ACIP 2615; RPC I 122. VF, rough earthen green patina.
  20. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

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  21. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I have one of those from a large mixed lot :D. For what it's worth, I don't think they're particularly desirable and don't see the one in the OP lot cleaning up to be worth more than the ~$30 examples on Vcoins:

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