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  1. Aha! Hence the name I take it.
  2. 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 ob
  3. 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
  4. Cool, the middle ages really have a lot of interesting affordable coins.
  5. 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 glo
  6. 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 plenti
  7. 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
  8. Hmm, Art in Ocala, I bet I still have your address That's two references on the Numismatist so I will make a more detailed post soon. I just want to move the web page. Hopefully, I can get into the next set of volumes at some point in the future. Demand isn't strong enough to really focus on the project but I too love reading some of those stories. Thanks for the feedback
  9. Thank You. I am in the eastern Twin Cities metro. Based on your sig graphic you must be as well. Are you an US collector?
  10. Like many collectors I began with pulling coins out of circulation. When I was 11 a friend found a Mercury dime in change and showed it to me. The odd coin did not create an immediate reaction but the seed was planted. The following year at my grandfathers farm he gave me some Morgan dollars. I would keep a few but sell a bunch of them to the sun of my German oma's friends. The stage was set for what would become a lifelong habit. In my teens I didn't have a lot of money but I acquired coins here and there. A few acquisitions stand out even after two decades have intervened. One ti
  11. I have two of three (Breen and Taxay) and they are indeed excellent. The Taxay I also see occasionally used so it's areal bargain. Breen I think spent $90 on via abebook.com or bookfinder.com.
  12. This age of electronic media will likely change a lot of things over time. I really think that it can help authors by giving them more direct access, but the established sources of media and their vast marketing machines won't go away either. The legal situation will always lag behind the technology, and the technology is not yet quite sufficient for the needs of author and consumer. I like the temporary decryption idea, but how would you prevent someone from copying the temporarily decrypted data into a permanent location? It is all just 1's and 0's in the end. Most people who pay f
  13. One of the many good things about collecting coins is that you can pretty much meet all the experts, top dealers, and know-it-alls at the major shows. Not like politics where you spend $2000 and get an oyster. Here you can spend $2000, meet the person, and take home some sweet, sweet coins.
  14. Since the only US article I've evr written was about Standing Liberty Coins I'll go wth that. I'd take Bust Halves if you had him, it is my PC wallpaper
  15. Yes buy, buy! I actually have to reintegrate into my new web layouts as I get done. Generally speaking it would be great to have certain coin references as ebooks just because of the searchability. I contacted one author of a now out of print work but he really didn't see the need for an e-book. The conversions can be quite tricky plus copyright extend out for so long. There's articles I'd like to convert on metrology but a few were written in 1964 meaning the authors current heirs have the rights. Finding some of those people can be impossible. It would be nice to at leats have the
  16. jlueke

    A Coin Room?

    I wish, I have a room but it's filled with magazines and auction catalogs in addition to my microscope and specific gravity testing equipment and the basic photo set-up. A classic study is a dream, but like you the kids will have to be gone.
  17. Well there is the focus aspect of collecting. Keeping things organized, allocating time and money etc. I know I still have way to much coin stuff that i can't really enjoy. So adding modern things would just make a bigger mess
  18. I think there is a definite issue of temperament and then there is the time/money/skill side. On the first point I am more like a dealer. I tend to get bored with any given coin or set of coins over time. Selling and then buying new ones is much more fun. I also like to do research to pique my interest. By now I've sold coins part time and online (mainly ancient Sasanian) for many years. I've gotten to the point where I can make some small profit but never enough to live by. There's a lot to learn in dealing and it's a lot of time and effort. The competition is pretty stiff as well.
  19. I think you could deal in one area (say US coins) and collect somehting very different (Hunnic imitations of Sasanian coinage) and be O.K. You just can't collect things your customers like because you will sell those pieces.
  20. As the emporer says verdigris ( I am assuming you mean the green crusty rust like stuff) is a chemical reaction with the metal itself. Unfortunately copper alloys are quite suceptible and much touger to clean. If it's on an ancient coin you'd probably try to get the sport off via a solven + pick (tooth or brass). YOu'd still leave behind a shiny spot where the metal hadn't reacted.
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