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  1. See you are the perfect person to distill the academic into something the rest of us can understand and enjoy Why did the Saxons pay the Danegeld? When did it stop? Why are they called pennies? Who made pennies first the English or the French?
  2. Haven't other coins sold old, like the Buffalo $1 people mention? I don't know about this one, personally I don't think the 235th anniversary of anything should get a coin. At least stick to normal round anniversaries. 1905 had plenty of events worth commemorating.
  3. The celator http://www.celator.com officially caters to the ancient coin world through to the middle ages. The editor just recently talked about balance in the magazine. Of course he can only print what is submitted. I think if you wrote an article on 10th century Anglo-Saxon coinage it would be published. I'd certainly read it. Plus, since the payment is a year's worth of issues you could sample the contents over twelve months time.
  4. I've had the one article in the Celator and one smaller one in NN. I have one more in the works right now. Quite a few letters to the editor. Those are easy :-) Everyone on this board should at least send one annually. When you read an atricle you like let the editor and the author know
  5. I forgot, sometimes the Forum ancient coin site as well.
  6. I had a few months off working on writing programs that could collect prices. Anyway I post Here now rec.collecting.coins Moneta-L Sasan-L I also read ACFDL-L and Parthia-L but I don't post much there
  7. Yes let us know. I'm really interested in European shows and how they might differ. I usually don't stay long enough to find a show, just a dealer or two.
  8. That would be cool for certain countries as well. England from Celtic, Roman, Anglo Saxon, through to the modern day. France would be very similar. Heck I'd like to do something like that for Hamburg.
  9. These weren't mine. A local dealer had them for quite some time. He acquired a bunch of coins from the son or grandson of an old Greek dealer who was also known to make fakes and these came in as fakes. I got to check these to see if they were real gold and lo and behold they were! So they got sold at the last NY show for someones personal black cabinet. The real ones were issued in Egypt by the Ptolemys. I believe they were more like commemoratives (I suppose that's somehwhat obvious given the enormous cost of a real one when they were issued).
  10. Click on each coin link to see a close up http://www.ancientcoinvalues.com/27.html?p...dca11e08d08e534
  11. I do like no more than one coin per "culture" sub rule. You could do Roman Republican, IMperial, and Byzantine but not three Imperial :-)
  12. You could expand it to a Bovine theme and include the commem with the steer skull.
  13. The only real theme I've ever come up with is nudes :-) Stand alone it probably isn't cohesive enough but it's easy to tie into otehr set ideas.
  14. For non-US Fine, gFine, aVF, VF, gVF, aEF, EF For US I like AG, G, VG, F, VF, EF, AU, BU, Choice BU, Gem BU, Superb BU My BUs are usually 2-3 of the existing grading points which is as close as I need to get for aesthetic purposes.
  15. I think if you are into a series and are looking at coins at shows on a regular basis you can get a good feel and separate coins out between adjacent grades and even within grades. If with that knowledge you choose to spend a lot more that I can understand. I guess I understand the ergistry game as well, at leats intelelctually, but I just don't get the motivation.
  16. The modern's is another aspect. MS69 or MS70? The difference can be over $1000. That has to be registry stuff and good marketing. If I'm spending $2000 it better be Greek silver :-)
  17. One look at a price guide in mint state grades and my mind quickly loops itself into overdrive. In MS63 this coin is $500, in MS64 $1000, and in MS65 $8000? This fact would make sense to me if grades were absolute and unquestioned standards. This would allow the equation to be reduced to simple supply and demand. However, a visit to the third party graders own web sites will reveal that grading is subjective and variance of a point or two is to be expected. This is confirmed in the ANA’s wonderful grading guide and from countless anecdotes from 1986 to the present. In 1994 Scott Travers wrote a column detailing this that can still be seen on the PCGS site. So if these grades are subjective why would anyone pay an extra $7000 for the MS65, why not just find a MS64 with eye appeal? The above illustrates my thought process on the price break. That sudden chasm in price separating two grades that can be found in virtually every US series. Lately I’ve been examining why this facet of collecting strikes a chord; the obvious answer is that I simply do not understand the concept in, I could not see myself paying that extra $7000 even if I had it to spend. Or would I? I now believe what I have objected to is simply paying the huge premium for coins based simply on the label. I would pay four times standard retail for the right Sasanian drachm, so why not for a US coin? My actual objection or confusion is based on an assumption that there are people who spend too much for coins and grades they do not understand. If you are a Seated Dollar connoisseur and you’ve seen all 12 MS65 dollars from a year the premium may seem like a bargain. If you just want a coin that says MS65 for vanity or for registry, that is your business but that is the action I still don’t understand. What do you think about price breaks and the people who buy at the high end?
  18. I love, love, love the early gold. Liberty just looks funky. Not in my price range at the moment, maybe in 30 years when the kids are self sufficient.
  19. Aha! Hence the name I take it.
  20. The information can be read at http://www.ancientcoinvalues.com/24.html The contact email is given there. I'll repost the background information below Note that the future schedule will be as I find time, unless there is a great uptick in demand :-) History and Description Dr. George Heath started the Numismatist (initially called the American Numismatist) in the fall of 1888. In that year and the following the magazine’s purpose was to market Dr. Heath’s offerings as well as connect with and educate fellow numismatists. I am uncertain of the success of the former, but the latter objective was achieved and the magazine quickly grew. In 1890 the magazine began to fill out with a series if articles and the volumes from 1891 and 1892 are filled with wonderful historical and still practical articles. In 1891 the American Numismatic Association was founded and the Numismatist would soon be adopted as the official publication, an honor the magazine still holds to this day. The first six volumes are very difficult to find. The Electronic Numismatist is a project to convert the old issues of the magazine into electronic format. The reasons and benefits for this are many * To preserve the information contained in the magazine. Contemporary accounts of numismatic events give us an unfiltered view on what collectors thought of events as they occurred. The first set of six volumes saw the introduction of the Barber coinage as well as the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The Numismatist also offers interesting biographical sketches of famous numismatists like Lyman Low and Ed Frossard. The articles are often times apt in the present day as well. The Numismatic Foundation Stones series is priceless. Where else can you learn how to build a classic coin cabinet? * To make the information more easily accessible. Books are wonderful but also a little difficult to use. Electronic files can be searched, linked, cut and pasted, taken on laptops and CDs. Articles on similar subjects can be accessed with the click of a button. They are simply more practical especially when combing though large amounts of data. * To increase the exposure of modern numismatists to this material. Numismatic material from the late 19th century can be expensive and difficult to locate. By converting the data to electronic formats it can be made accessible to anyone. There is no need to worry about staining a rare text. * For fun! How much did a 1793 cent cost in 1893 anyway? The advertisements are scanned and preserved as found.
  21. By class, that's getting pretty detailed I've never quote caught on to European History generally and English History in particular. Maybe it's because of school, too much focus on the same events over and over again. I did have a William I penny for a while, until I traded it in at CNG for some auction spending money :-0
  22. Cool, the middle ages really have a lot of interesting affordable coins.
  23. Indeed I find that there are a good number of people who shy way from older coins because they think things are too expensive. A lot of sets really aren't including many ancient ones. Of course rich people will always be able to upgrade their sets. The first century Tiberius denarius becomes a gold stater, the Parthian Gotarzes drachm a Baktrian high relief portrait tetradrachm and the silver groschen from Hambur a spectacular city view Thaler. But to me the story and history is more compelling than the coins, although there's nothing wrong with getting all the aesthetic glory and prominence money can buy :-)
  24. How many centuries can the collector on a budget cover in terms of coinage? I think all but a few are possible. The expensive coins tend to be portraits of famous people like Caesar and Charlemagne. From bronzes of Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. to the coins of the 21st century there are many affordable options. Parthian drachms from the 1st century B.C. can be had for $30. The Roman Imperial coinmage series is full of affordable pieces as are the Byzantines and Sasanian era. A drachm from Tabaristan covers the 8th century AD and Indian coinas from the 9th century are plentiful and affordable. European silver pennies can be had for $50 by the time of the 13th or 14th century. Turkish bronzes area affordable in the 10th. A Chinese piece may fit well into the 12th century slot. I think a set of 25 centuries can be put together for no more than $50 per coin. At $10/week that is a little more than 2 years to complete a very interesting set. The main point is that the task may sound daunting, but in reality this is probably no harder than finding those pesky key dates in the modern US series.
  25. No, that's actually easier than completing most series or standard type sets, portrait sets etc. Maybe I'll post a sample this afternoon. Only the first couple of centuries of coinage should be off limits to the collector on a budget. After that I bet you can do it on $50 per coin. That's not too hard to budget for, one tank of gas
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