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  • Changed my collection Focus

    Or more accurately finally got one. When I first started collecting Ancients it was just any coin that I liked the look of. I went from ebay to yahoo and just bought, bought ,bought.

    Looking back on it though I'm glad I did that way. I've handled a lot more coins than I would have. I've sold off a lot of the early purchases and made a few other collectors happy.

    Getting back to my new focus. I'm now concentrating my efforts on the bronze coinage of the Constantinian dynasty. One particular series of coins, Beata Tranqvillitas. However I also collect other Constantine coins as well.

    Several things attracted to me to these coins. First I like the reverse. Second there are many different bust types.
    The coin was minted by Constantine, Constantine II and Crispus in 3 different mints. There are more than 50 different coins.

    Much of the Constantinian coinage is like that. There is quite enough variety in this category to keep me occupied for many years. In fact I really don't think I'll ever finish this collection. But I'm on my way.

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    Bob;

    Your experience is pretty normal. We all start with a broad view and most collectors that stay with it for very long find a need to narrow the focus. Having been at it for 37 years now, I find that I have narrowed my focus to coins of a single city (Anazarbus in Cilicia). That is both a blessing and a curse. I find that the search is really more enjoyable when you are looking for a specific type or mint. But, the curse is an inevitable obsession to complete the task. I guess that is what makes the hobby worth while. As we get nearer to the end of a project, and understand more about it, the difficulty of filling that final "hole" in the collection increases exponentially.

    Good luck with your Constantine series.

    Wayne

    Wayne G. Sayles
    wayne@ancientcoins.ac

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    • #3
      Hi Wayne,

      In my very early days, and in fact one of the first coins that I purchased was from you. A really nice Gallienus which I still have. You gave some good advice then. "Buy the books." My library isn't huge but I do have relavent books. I'm still saving for RIC. Maybe someday.




      Originally posted by wgsant
      Bob;

      Your experience is pretty normal. We all start with a broad view and most collectors that stay with it for very long find a need to narrow the focus. Having been at it for 37 years now, I find that I have narrowed my focus to coins of a single city (Anazarbus in Cilicia). That is both a blessing and a curse. I find that the search is really more enjoyable when you are looking for a specific type or mint. But, the curse is an inevitable obsession to complete the task. I guess that is what makes the hobby worth while. As we get nearer to the end of a project, and understand more about it, the difficulty of filling that final "hole" in the collection increases exponentially.

      Good luck with your Constantine series.

      Wayne

      Wayne G. Sayles
      wayne@ancientcoins.ac

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