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I have been collecting antiques and antiquities for several years now. I`ve started to collect ancient coins and I purchased some coins years ago but only in bronze or silver. My father used to have a large collection of antique vintage coins, I am more interested about ancient coins but with so many fakes around, it is a quite difficult task. I would be tempted to buy one or two gold coins on Ebay but looking at the several comments and warnings about fakes , I don`t know what to do considering also that gold coins are not cheap at these days ! I do not have the time to go around all day and look for numismatic shops ect.. this is why I would prefer it to buy these coins online. I have also checked the ' Black lists of Fake coins sellers of UK and USA Ebay ' ect.. but these guys might have already changed their ID reason why they have 100% positive feedback. Any good advice ?? or previous experiences to share ? Thanks :-)

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Welcome to CoinPeople, AurumAmcilla! :art:

 

I have been collecting antiques and antiquities for several years now. I`ve started to collect ancient coins and I purchased some coins years ago but only in bronze or silver. My father used to have a large collection of antique vintage coins, I am more interested about ancient coins but with so many fakes around, it is a quite difficult task. I would be tempted to buy one or two gold coins on Ebay but looking at the several comments and warnings about fakes , I don`t know what to do considering also that gold coins are not cheap at these days ! I do not have the time to go around all day and look for numismatic shops ect.. this is why I would prefer it to buy these coins online. I have also checked the ' Black lists of Fake coins sellers of UK and USA Ebay ' ect.. but these guys might have already changed their ID reason why they have 100% positive feedback. Any good advice ?? or previous experiences to share ? Thanks :-)

 

The hardest and trickiest part about buying gold coins online these days is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to send any gold coins through the mails. I buy copper and silver coins on eBay all the time, but no gold coins these days. Also, the supply of nice gold is just not there on eBay anymore.

 

Most people collect gold in one of two different ways: either as bullion, which you can find at any nearby dealer; or as rare numismatic items, in which case you are certainly better off buying at a reputable auction venue. Many auction houses will still be able to send your winnings through insured and registered mail. But I would stay away from eBay, and not just because of the fakes -- although that is also a very big problem on eBay. Even otherwise reputable dealers will sometimes not know the difference; fake Russian gold shows up even at auctions such as UBS, Künker and Gorny & Mosch once in a while.

 

Good luck!

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Thanks guys ! I am reading as much as I can about ancient coins .. the same thing that I did years ago when I started to collect antiques was taking as much informations possible ( knowledge is power :D ) I used to visit a reputable auction house in the past but they did not have numismatic auctions. I have been purchasing many antiques on Ebay and honestly thanks heavens that there is Ebay where sometime antiques are still affordable ! but with the coins it is indeed a different world, perhaps because it is one of the most easy thing to fake by unscrupulous people are infact coins.

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