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20 May 2019

Ancient Coin Grades

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I am fairly new to Ancient Coin collecting and want to pass on what I learn to others that may also be new to Ancient Coins. Here is what I have learned about Ancient Coin grades.

13 May 2019

Cleaning Ancient Coins

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An inexpensive way to purchase Ancient Coins is to purchase them unclean. This means to purchase them as they look immediately after they are literally dug out of the ground. These coins are often heavily encrusted and difficult to see. The coins in this condition must be cleaned in order to identify them.

30 Apr 2019

Coins of the Bible

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As I have mentioned in other Blog Posts, I have decided to collect Ancient Coins and more specifically, I have decided to begin by collecting coins that are discussed in the Bible. I just finished reading a book that I found helpful called Coins of the Bible by Arthur Friedberg.

25 Apr 2019

A Good Find!

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After purchasing my coffee this morning, I examined my change and found a 1982 Small Date Copper Cent. I know it is copper because I weighed it when I got to my office and it weighed 3.12 grams. Unfortunately, it is not from the Denver Mint, but it does finish out one of my Lincoln Memorial Whitman folders. This is a strange find for me because I usually only get recent date coins with my coffee change. I don't know if this is a result of the National Coin Hunt, but, I am going to say it is a result. That's my story and I am sticking to it!

23 Apr 2019

US Connecticut Copper 1787

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I recently purchased this colonial coin. It has the inscription AUCTORI CONNEC (Authority Connecticut) and INDE ET LIB (Independence and Liberty), these old coppers are quite rare and highly sought by collectors. There are many different varieties, but only a very few well preserved specimens. My coin is heavily worn and somewhat discolored. This coin is about the lowest collectible grade and is only worth about $30 dollars, but I love it and the history that it represents. Better preserved specimens are worth quite a bit more. Very, very approximately:

22 Apr 2019

Flying Eagle Cent

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I attended the Meadville Coin Club last Thursday and at our auction, I picked up a few great coins. The purchase that I like the most is this 1858 Flying Eagle Cent. This is one of the shortest-lived series of United States coins, having been produced for circulation for just two years, 1857 and 1858, however, there were about 1,000 1856 Flying Eagle Cents struck without official authorization. Therefore, from a legal standpoint, all 1856 Flying Eagle Cents may be considered to have been illegally struck and issued. These coins are very rare and quite expensive.

16 Apr 2019

Ancient Coins of the Bible

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Well, I have decided to begin my Ancient Coin Collection by acquiring the Ancient Coins of the Bible. I bought the first of the collection yesterday. My first Biblical Coin is called a "Widows Mite" or a "Lepton". These coins are called "Widow's Mites" because of the story in the Bible, which tells about a poor widow woman who gave her last two lepton bronze coins to the treasury of the Jewish temple. The passage appears in Mark 12:41-44: "And Jesus sat over against the treasury and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples and saith unto them, 'Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all, they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.'"

26 Mar 2019

A Good Intro to Ancient Coins

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I am an amateur coin collector and new to the hobby. I am collecting some U.S. Coins, but, I am developing a real fascination and love for Ancient Coins. I love to imagine the person that was carrying that coin 2,000 years ago and thinking about what they could have possibly been purchasing. I am an avid reader and love to get my hands on as many books or articles as possible to learn more about coin collecting. I recently came across a book entitled Ancient Coins - Newbie Guide to Ancient Coins by Sam Sommer. Sam has over 30 years of experience with coins and precious metals. It is a very light read and I am sharing this in my blog with the hope that if you too have an interest in Ancient Coins, but, like me you are not very knowledgeable, this book may help get you started on your journey. Like I stated previously, it is a very light read. It is a short book, only about 40 pages. It provides very preliminary and elementary information about buying , collecting, and selling Ancient Coins. It glosses over some history of Ancient Coins, it has a chapter on real or fake coins, it discusses characteristics of Ancient Coins, provides advice about buying and selling Ancient Coins, discusses the preferred method for cleaning unclean Ancient Coins, and, briefly discusses coin grades. Now, I know what you are thinking... You MUST NOT clean your coins, but this is a safe process for cleaning unclean Ancient Coins that have been buried in the ground for 1,000 years. This is for coins that are coated with dirt and crust making it impossible to identify the coin. It is a safe process using distilled water and a tooth brush, and, like I said, it is necessary to identify the coin. So, if you are looking for a good introduction to Ancient Coins, this book will certainly do the trick. I will keep you all posted as I find more books on the subject and will share what I find. - Randy

22 Mar 2019

Searching for Answers...

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I attended my first local club meeting (Meadville Coin Club, Meadville, PA) and it was nothing short of fantastic!! They had an auction and I was able to successfully bid on and win a group of Ancient Coins. I am fascinated by Ancient Coins and the stories that accompany them, and I believe these are the types of coins that I will be collecting. Unfortunately, there was no information provided with these coins, but, I really liked the way they looked and I just had to have them. I would be ever so grateful if someone could recommend a really good book to get me started on the road to Ancient Coins, a beginner's guide of sorts. I have done some very preliminary research on the coins that I purchased yesterday and I believe that I have one of them identified. I believe that this coin (Photo attached) is a bronze coin. The obverse is tough to see, but the reverse is a cross in a wreath. I think that it is a coin that was minted for Theodosius II, 10 January 402 - 28 July 450 A.D. Here is what I learned about Theodosius II. He was the only son of Emperor Arcadius and Aelia Eudoxia, was raised to the rank of Augustus at only nine months old. His mother died in 404 and his father in 408 leaving him sole emperor at six. His sister, Aelia Pulcheria, was given responsibility for his education, and the title of Augusta in 414. Most of his reign was long and peaceful, the most notable events being the completion of a new legal code, Codex Theodosianus, and the fortification of Constantinople, making it one of the most heavily defended locations in history. The last years of his reign were marred by repeated invasion of the Balkans by the Huns led by Attila. Theodosius died after a serious hunting accident in 450 A.D. Can anyone confirm whether I have identified this coin correctly, or not? Thoughts?


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