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  1. Probably the best advice I've received today. Thanks and you know the funny thing is it makes sense to me.
  2. You are correct, but, I have a good knowledge of US Coins and I know where to look to find the right price. Yes, I'm a newbie with ancients but I hope you understand that unlike US Coins I have absolutely know idea how to validate an ancient coin price. All of the varieties and so so much I don't know about them. Before I come to the forum I do my best to find out what "Sold" ancients went for but then there is all of the other stuff. I'm sorry if I'm wasting your time but I come here as a last resort.
  3. Here's one I found that looks promising. URL is:
  4. Hi, I collect almost exclusively US Rare coins, but, I have been interested in ancient coins of late. I'm looking to spend $250.00 - $300.00 on one but I am so new to this that I'm afraid of making a grave mistake. Can anyone help me to make a wise decision? Ebay prices on sold items are all over the place and I have know idea how to tell the different verities. Thanks.
  5. I did a quick search for Probus RIC 481 and got 1 match they want $27.00 ($8.00 shipping) but the coin was raw and not in very good condition. I'll do more searches with different criteria and see if I can find more. Thanks for the info.
  6. All of this is very interesting. I would have thought that silver plating would have been to much trouble to be worth it back then. I'm a collector of US rare and modern coins and just started buying ancient coins so I'm out of my element here. I guess I'll have to spend the time learning about them like I did with US coins so I buy them wisely. I don't buy ancients for investment but my family seems to be more impressed with them than the US coins. Frankly though I'm spending most of my time and money on US coins as that is my passion.
  7. Thank you very much it sounds like you know a good deal about ancient coins. It's nice to know that I can come to this forum and find people who know what they're talking about.
  8. Thanks, I thought that might be the case but wasn't sure. It's pretty trippy that they did that 2000 year ago.
  9. I have an ancient coin NGC Grade AU. NGC ID Number 4252957-024 and my question is that it has a, I don't know what to call it, place where it says "Silvering" and I don't know what that means. Did they silver plate coins back then? I wouldn't think so, but, if anyone can help me with this I would greatly appreciate it.
  10. Thank you. With a little bit of writing you managed to say a lot of things I need to know. I appreciate that.
  11. I would do that but I've tried and I can't find a way to enter a search for ancient coins.
  12. I have 2 ancient coins in one certified NGC as AU and another coin NGC certified no extra info. I paid 165.00 the this AU ancient coin here. I can't tell what its value would be. I don't have a picture of the other one but it is basically the same. Can anyone help?
  13. OK, I took a couple of pictures and I hope they're good enough and that you can see more detail.
  14. I received the coin on Saturday and when in hand it is very dark you can make out the rainbow color but like I said it's very dark but I also noted that, again in hand, that it does appear to be AU there's too much wear on the hair line about her ear and her ear looks a little flat. It's most defiantly not MS65 or 63 if it's mint sate at all it's MS61. I'll try to get some pictures but I don't know how well they'll turn out but I do my best. For him to sell this is unlike him. I purchased a Flying Eagle cent from him and I sent it to NGC it came back as MS63 Small Letters I paid $650.00 and NGC's price guide list's its value at $1250.00 so I came out ahead. I also purchased a Seated Liberty dime which I paid $635.00 and I also sent it to NGC and it came back as PF63 Cameo NGC's price is $1000.00 and all of the other coins I bought from him where pretty spot on so like I said it's not like him to make this big of a mistake.
  15. That's why I brought this to the forum. The colors seem to go around the outer edge toward the center which can be indicative of unnatural toning. I have heard that some people will speed up the toning process with heat and steam but I've never done that and I don't know how that affects a coin. May I ask, is the reason you think the toning is natural because of the toning pattern or something else?