Ancient coins have been collected
internationally for 2000 years --the
market for them is not a fad that may lose popularity. They are
far less speculative than modern coins or
many other collectibles. If you select coins with an eye toward resale value, as
well as your collecting interests, you should do well when it's time to sell.
|Really superb Ancient coins, and rarities, have always commanded high
prices. But most coins in attractive condition are now more affordable than ever,
thanks to recent finds with metal detectors. This oversupply won't last long, but
while it does it's a wonderful opportunity for collectors.
||It's impossible to collect ancient coins without learning about the history
of the ancient world. This fascinating subject is alive today, as "quantitative
history" sheds new light on old subjects. Numismatic evidence is an important part of
the historical record (which in certain areas, is only known from coins), and is also
an indispensable tool for the archaeologist.
|Ancient coins tell us much about economics and trade in long-ago times, and
are often the principal or only evidence of economic activities.
aspect of collecting ancient
coins is understanding what these coins meant to the
people who used them in their daily lives.
||All ancient coins were struck by hand from dies sunk by talented
artisans. Unlike modern coins whose mass-produced sameness bores collectors into
seeking microscopic variations, many ancient coins are genuine works of art; each
is in some degree individual and unique.
||Collecting ancient coins is a wonderful way to make new friends -
first coins as they join your collection, next other collectors and dealers you meet. This
was once the avocation of emperors, kings, and the nobility; today doctors, executives and
academic professionals share your interest in ancient coins.