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Navigating this Site

Classical Coins uses static pages, which load very rapidly and let you quickly see everything in your area of interest. This  site has more than 200 pages, but is easy to navigate once you understand how it is organized.

This site is designed like a tree. The home page is the trunk,  other pages branch off from it. You will have to pass through several branch pages to reach the detail or "leaf" page that you want, but this doesn't take long.

Let's take a quick journey through the site to see how to look at and order a coin.

At the bottom of all branch and detail pages are six navigation links. In the top row, the "Home" link returns you to the home page. The "Site Map" link takes you to a table of all pages, where you can take a shortcut if you know which page you want. The "Coin Index" link takes you to a table of all the pages on which coins are listed for sale.

In the bottom row, the "Up 1 Level" button returns you to the page from which the current page branched. The "Previous" and "Next" buttons let you browse through  other pages at the same branching level  as the page you are viewing.

Above these navigation links is a bar containing:
- a copyright notice. Images may not be copied without permission.
- a link to a page about privacy and security policy.

- a link to a page about the images, including licensing information.
- a link to a page explaining how to contact Classical Coins.

 

Each page is organized in the same way:

Our logo is at the top. To either side are 7 quick links to popular pages. Most pages begin with an information box summarizing the links branching from it, though a few pages have a title instead.

This is the home page. The information box describes what Classical Coins offers and how to begin your visit.  There is also  additional information  about ancient coins, coin collecting and browser compatibility.

The links branching from the page are below the information box (or title). To visit a link, click on it. You are interested in coins, so you will click on the "Coins" link.

The home page includes a search bar, which you can use to find items by keyword or name. There is  a link to a page on using the search bar effectively. You should visit this page, to understand how the search engine functions.

At the bottom is the only navigation button on the home page, the link to the site map.


When you click on the "Coins" link, the branch page for coins comes up. Branch pages have a title instead of an information box.

 

There are several categories of coins to choose from; if you aren't already familiar with them, visit the "Overview" part of the Introduction page to see what each category includes.

 

Your interest is Roman coins, so you click on that link.

This brings up the category page for Roman coins.

The information box gives you a quick overview; below is a table of links to the different subcategories of Roman coins.

 

You are interested in Imperial coins of the 2nd century a.d., so you select the "Adoptive Emperors" link which covers that period.

 

If you aren't familiar with Roman coins and want to learn something about them, browsing through these subcategories and the detail pages branching from them is a good way to get started.

The subcategory page for the Adoptive Emperors has an information box that gives you a thumbnail picture of each emperor, and a brief summary of the period.

In some subcategories, the number of available coins is small enough to list  coins on the subcategory page. This is an era where too many coins will be offered to do so, and so an individual page is provided for each emperor  (except those reigning briefly during the civil war that ended this era).

The information box for subcategory and detail pages has navigation arrows at the top, allowing you to move  between subcategories without going up to the category level. You can go directly to the Twelve Caesars or Severan Dynasty pages using these arrows on this page.

You are interested in Hadrian, and select that link.

Now you have arrived at the detail page for Hadrian.

The information box gives you a summary of his reign, and an image of the emperor. Its top navigation arrows allow you to move back to Trajan or to ahead to Antoninus Pius.

Below the information box are links to available coins of Hadrian. Each coin link includes a thumbnail image, about the actual size of the coin (depending on your monitor and resolution settings), its price,  descriptions of the types, legends and condition of the coin, and a catalogue reference.

This denarius looks interesting. You could use the "Add to Cart" link below the image to put it in your shopping cart, but you first want to examine it more closely, so you click on the thumbnail image.

That brings up a page with a high-resolution enlarged image of the coin, as it would appear under a magnifying glass.  The scale of  enlarged images varies with the size of the coin and your monitor, but will normally fall within the range of 1.5 to 3 times actual size,  smaller coins appearing with more magnification.

You could now go back to the Hadrian detail page, using the "Back" button on your browser, and look at more coins.

However, this coin pleases you and you decide to order it. The same two links now appear to the right of the image: "Add to Cart" and "View Cart."  You select the "Add to Cart" link.

 

This brings you to our secure shopping cart. All  information you provide will be encrypted and transmitted to our secure server to protect you against any possibility of fraud.

Ordering by credit card using a secure server has proven to be just as safe as using your card in a department store, but some people who haven't done this before are still a bit nervous. If you prefer, you can send a check for your purchases;   they will be reserved for you until your check clears.

The shopping cart page shows you totals for your selections, including menus listing the sales tax if applicable, and the available shipping options and charges.  It is very important to select the correct tax and shipping options, so please read these menus carefully.

When you have reviewed this information, if you wish to remove anything in the shopping cart you can do so. You could click on the "Return to Shopping" button to look at more coins, then check out when you are ready by selecting the "View Cart" link next to any article on a detail page - or by selecting the "Shopping Cart" button at the top left of each page.

You choose to finalize your order now and proceed to the checkout page. By clicking on the "finalize order" button, you accept Classical Coins' terms and conditions of sale, which you should read and understand first. They are listed on their own page, and also are listed again just below this button.

The rest of the checkout process is automatic. Please have your credit card or check information handy, and don't forget to enter your billing address. If you have a problem with the checkout process, please send an email or call so that Classical Coins can assist in completing your order.


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