Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Neal, Nov 27, 2018.
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its a nice coin- not worth much but I always like the coins of those Post Alexander III/Pre Roman Rule Greek states. Seleucid Dynasty,etc I like the ones like you have- that look like a button- rounded edge on 1 side, flat on the other. I wouldn't clear that. its already worn. legend is barely visable.
Does Ptolemy XII late silver tetradrachm( somewhat debased) have lead in them, Silverlock?
I like both the looks and the history behind them. Yes, I know it is not worth much (I paid about $15 for it), but the great thing about ancients is even those of us who can't afford the rarities can enjoy history and the beauty of the coins themselves.
I totally agree. I am a cheapskate who usually doesn't like to spend more than $200 for anything , . Its better that way in case you get a fake , you aren't out too much money.
I would avoid NGC for the most part then- they don't guarantee authenticity- just grading- and the coins are cost 2-3X more than a non- slabbed coins.
I like to actually feel the coin in my hand- to have a piece of history between my fingertips
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Thanks. I'm not totally new to ancients, just ignorant. I bought my first Roman Republic denarius and small bronze from Scepsis back in 1962 when I was 11 or 12 years old. I paid $6 for the denarius, $3.25 for the other, and still have them. (I've owned the denarius for 2.6% of its 2144 years of existence!) I began buying ancients again about 20 years ago, but almost none cost more than $25, most for a lot less. I have only recently bought a couple of Seleucid coins, so I am definitely a newbie for them. Back when I could get them for $.50 apiece, I used to buy batches of uncleaned Roman coins to give to my 8th grade world history class. Instead of just teaching the Roman Empire, I could afford to give them an actual piece of it! They loved it. And its that feeling of holding a connection to history that draws me to the hobby. Still, I have learned more from CT in the last year or two than in all my years of collecting, and I continue to learn.
WOW, great story! Similar to my experience, but I did not teach History, just loved Ancient History.
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Ive done that before. I cleaned some of those bronze coins ( late RIC) With heat( only with solid bronze of copper), even a wire brush tip on a dremel. Many came out very well after all the corrosion was off. I wouldn't do that with just any coin. but late RIC coins are so cheap it doesn't matter. heres an example of how clean I got one full of corrosion.
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