Collectors Guide

Obverse Legends & Emperor’s Name

It is easy to find the name of the emperor, which is the first step in attributing and dating a coin; it is usually stuck between the abbreviations IMP (Imperator) or DN (Dominus Noster = our lord) at the beginning of the legend and AVG (A

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Coin Legends Basics

Reading your Roman coins is a lot of fun and it will allow you to better understand what your coins are saying or what is being shown. The legends will often allow the dating of a coin, often the exact year of production, and finding the pl

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Coin Denominations: Unity Details

As [AE] : This denomination, meaning ’unity’, was a standard unit in Roman coinages initially. It was first struck c.280 BC. From the beginning of the Empire it was struck in pure copper, making it look yellowish, but by the end of th

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Coin Denominations: Overview

It is not very difficult to get a grasp on the various common denominations used in the Roman Empire. Different periods used different coins, which can be distinguished by their sizes or appearance, as discussed below. The main metals, just

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Rarity

Rarity is something that raises the eyebrows of most collectors. But it becomes somewhat less meaningful for ancient coins. It is easy to see why a modern coin will be worth a lot if there were few minted, or few remain in existence, given

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Grade and Condition

Collectors of modern coins know very well that this is of the outmost importance in determining the value of a coin. While still an issue for ancient coins, an equally important factor that comes into play here is its condition. This could

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How to store Coins

Once you acquire a few coins, the simplest and cheapest way to store your collection is to use the plastic pages with spaces for 20 (2” × 2” size) coin holders. These are available at any coin shop and online for about $1/page. A pac

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What Collection Themes to choose

There are no nickels or dimes series here to collect, so, the answer is whatever interests you! This is where ancient coins become really fun; you pick what you want to collect, and you can became a small expert in the field.

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Buy Clean or Dirty Coins ?

Roman and other ancient coins can be purchesed either cleaned or uncleaned. I would advise against buying uncleaned coins, often in what are called ’unpicked/Gold-found’ lots - if there was any gold found, it was usually by the seller

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How to determine Counterfeit Coins

But are they real? How can they be so cheap if they are so old? These are common questions from new or non-collectors. First, just because something is old does not mean that it has to be expensive - lots of new things are expensive (like o

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