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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?
  16. I've known this seller for 5 years and he has never intentionally sold me a problem coin. For example I bought a raw 1879 Seated Liberty Dime from him for $635.00 and it came back from NGC as PF64 Cameo another coin I bought raw from him is a 1858 Flying Eagle Cent. I paid $650.00 and it came back from NGC as MS63 Small Letters I was quite pleased. But there are some instances where he has sold me a coin that he did not know was a problem one such coin is a 1835 1/2 Cent ( I forgot what I paid ) it came back from NGC as AU Details Rim Filing so I lost out there. I pretty much trust him but if there is a problem coin it's usually because he can't see it and I know he won't intentionally try to dupe me.
  17. I accidentally posted this under "New Acquisitions" so I hope it doesn't cause any trouble. But I resonantly purchased an 1884 O Morgan Dollar with some beautiful toning. The toning looks natural to me but I thought I would show you all and see what you think If it's natural I think it's an easy MS64 maybe higher but I can't tell from the pics. . I will post the link to the pics. then I will post the pictures (They are Ebay pictures) I hope they are easily seen I purchased this coin a lot cheaper than the eBay listing says. the URL is:
  18. The fact that it could be cleaned is what's holding me back. I'll ask the seller if he offers returns that way I can be sure.
  19. I came across this 1845 re-punched date Seated Liberty Half Dime for $239.99. I looked at Ebay's sold items but could not find one like this. Sorry I couldn't provide the pictures and only this link. The coin has some light scratches on the Obverse and in the field of the Revers. I'm really considering purchasing this coin. Could it be MS63 or better? I could really use the help on this one. Thanks everyone.
  20. Thanks, as I said I still have a lot of learning to do but mistakes aren't going to sway me from this hobby, I love it to much. I was pretty sure that it was dipped or cleaned when I bought it but I thought for $34.00 I would do it. You should have seen me a year ago. I knew nothing and got taken a lot, now not so much.
  21. Thanks so much. You all have basically confirmed my suspicions and David3142, I think that's a great idea, taking them to shows would be a perfect thing to do in order to spark interest I wish I had someone to do that with me a long time ago. I had to learn the hard way and I still have much to learn and posting on the message board is great and I love the honest feedback everyone gives.
  22. This is my rationalized thinking about having it slabbed there are actually two reasons. 1. I only have to pay for shipping to have NGC grade it. 2. my collection is worth about $6,000.00 now and I don't plan on selling any one of my coins as they are going to my grandchildren when they are old enough so it's no cost to them. However you did say it may be worth $80.00 slabbed or not slabbed but wouldn't that change over the years when my grandchildren or great grandchildren get them?
  23. Both of you have said it's not worth getting slabbed. Do you say that because of what I paid for it? I have seen the same coin on eBay for over $100.00. O Both of you have said it's not worth getting slabbed. Do you say that because of what I paid for it or do you say that because there's a good chance it's been dipped?
  24. I purchased this coin about 1 1/2 weeks ago for $31.00 and looking at the pictures I thought there is a good chance that it was cleaned (dipped). After it arrived I looked at it under my lighted magnifying glass and to tell you the truth I'm not sure now. Again pictures online can be deceptive but I think this is a pretty good representation of this coin and I wanted to ask others who are better than myself at spotting such things. The coin itself however does look better in person than on the pictures and the seller claim that his staff are required to post that a coin may possibly have been cleaned in the listing and this one has not been cleaned but you know how that goes so again I ask. What do you think? This is a purchase from eBay and the pictures didn't save well enough to attach to this message even after resizing but I will provide the URL to the listing. I'm wanting to send it to NGC using the credit I have buy there is the shipping cost.