To introduce you to
collecting ancient coins and to our site, we have
provided these information links. Each takes you
to a page that offers an introduction to the subject.
Please also visit the pages describing our Terms and Conditions of Sale
Navigating this Site
Overview of Ancient Coins
How our site is organized, and
navigating it to find the items you are most interested in.
|Are you new to this? Suffering from information overload? This page
describes how to begin as a collector of ancient coins. It's not difficult and you
can take it at your own pace.
||A concise survey of the invention and evolution of coinage
antiquity, with images of many notable ancient coins. In four sections: Greek
coins, Roman coins,
Byzantine coins and Persian
|Why You Should
Collect Ancient Coins
Coins Were Made
Cleaning and Conservation
|As an investment? Perhaps, but that is
by no means the only
reason to collect ancient coins. This page discusses some of the other attractions.
||In modern mints, coining presses churn out thousands of identical
coins per hour. All ancient coins were struck by
hand, causing variations that
to their interest.
||"Cleaning" modern coins is frowned on,
but nearly all
ancient coins have been cleaned. Here you will learn how these coins survived
to be collected, and how conservators prepare
ancient coins for the collector.
|Images of all
ancient coins offered for sale
ar provided, so you can judge
their condition for yourself, but it is still important to know how the condition of
ancient coins is described.
||Many very specialized terms are used to describe ancient coins
and their condition. You will
find them listed here, with explanations of their meaning.
|Coin descriptions include citations to standard references
such as museum collections. On this page, reference works used in cataloguing coins
offered by Classical Coins are detailed.
What were the major denominations or coin values used by the ancients? Find