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Old Mar 23, 2010, 12:47 PM   #1
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Help with what to collect

Hi, I am 15 years old, home schooled, and a new collector of Roman Imperial coins. I am trying to figure out some collecting ideas that won't be too hard or expensive. Some of my ideas are the VRBS ROMA and Constantine I Posthumous issues. I also thought of collecting coins of Constantine and his family in general, but it seems like there is no chance of finishing that one . If anyone wants to look at my collection, here it is: http://www.tantaluscoins.com/browse....bc=0&go=Search. So far I have just been getting coins I like, but it would be nice to have some goal in mind. Some series that is common and with not too many varieties would be nice (like 50-200). Any advice or ideas welcome!
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Nathan
P.S. I also thought of Campgates, Cross types, and Nikes inscribing a shield.

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Old Mar 24, 2010, 03:47 PM   #2
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Hi Nathan,
Constantinian bronzes are a great collecting area, they are plentiful and often not expensive unless you get into EF condition or rare ones. Ancient coins are such a vast area spanning many cultures and thousands of years that it's good to find a ruler or time period that you like best and focus on that. Of course many collectors do collect other coin types outside their main interest on occasion just because they like the ruler or the coin is so good to look at. I collect Biblical related coins and coins of Constantine and his family. I'll never have a complete collection, one of every type so to speak, but that's okay by me. I buy what I can afford and I enjoy the hobby. I'd advise you to buy from reputable dealers like on Vcoins and trusted sellers on ebay. There are some fake anceint bronzes out there that you'd want to avoid. There's also a question I've had to ask myself; is it better to buy one VF condition coin for $50 or five F condition coins for $10each? From an investment standpoint, the better condition a coin the more likely it will appreciate in value over the years. But from an enjoyment standpoint, it's more fun owning five different coins. Mark
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 06:11 PM   #3
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The idea of a complete collection is not compatible with ancients. I never suggest beginners start with a strict theme but suggust you try for a wide range covering as many historical periods as you can. After you have collected generally, it is quite possible that one area will come to the front and become your specialty but I would not rush that process. There are a million different options for collecting ancient coins. There is no wrong way except buying things you do not like for reasons you do not understand.

I also suggest you consider expanding beyond Roman keeping an open mind toward other civilizations that you may find equally interesting. The obvious place to start is with the enemies of Rome but there are many others available to a student of history.
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Old Mar 25, 2010, 04:32 AM   #4
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OK, thanks! I think for now I will mainly collect Constantine. I so far have just been buying coins I like. Are all of the vcoins dealers ok? I have a wish list of coins from several dealers. David Conners, Zuqieh, and Sphinx are most of them. I have only bought from Zurqieh so far, and he seemed fine. How many different Provincial mints were there? I thought it would be neat to get one coin from each mint. (Imperial and Provincial).
I have also thought of collecting coins of Alexander III and Phillip II. Other thoughts were Greek in general, and from the people of Petra.
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Nathan
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I also don't mind lower grade coins. I get the nicest I can for the least amount of money. I usually get nice uncleaned ones that I see first. (Like one price, you get the 4 pictured.) sometimes I get fully cleaned coins, but since I am fairly good at cleaning and uncleaned are cheaper, I usually get those
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Old Mar 27, 2010, 09:15 AM   #5
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Nathan,

If you want to come over some time, just let me know. I'm in New Berlin, just west of you and have specialized in LRB for more than 10 years. I can let you see my library and lots of coins so you can get some ideas about what you may be interested in collecting and what books would be good for the topics.

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Old Mar 28, 2010, 06:10 PM   #6
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Nathan:

You should take Zach up on his offer, he is one of the most knowledgable collectors of Late Roman Bronzes you will ever meet and a great guy to boot.

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If you want to come over some time, just let me know. I'm in New Berlin, just west of you and have specialized in LRB for more than 10 years. I can let you see my library and lots of coins so you can get some ideas about what you may be interested in collecting and what books would be good for the topics.

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Old Apr 5, 2010, 06:02 AM   #7
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Thanks! I don't know when it would work, but I would love to!
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