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Ancients for Christmas

I asked my wife for a book on Greek and Roman coinage and she literally got me a whole library.  Ancient Greek and Roman Coins, Collecting Ancient Greek Coins, 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, and Volumes 1 through VI of Ancient Coin Collecting.   I have a lot of reading to do.  Thank You Lisa!!!!!!

25 days ago

There is a series of books, Ancient Coin Collecting. I think 6 volumes.

24 days ago

Yes, that is the series my Wife bought for me.  Looks to cover every possible segment of the Ancient coin world.

24 days ago

You'r wife must really love you. My wife spoiled me too. My birthday is close to Christmas, so I grew up hearing  "we bought you one big present instead of two smaller ones". Not this year! Great job Lisa!!

23 days ago

Congratulations!  “I’ve always thought that if a man doesn’t own one coin, but has the knowledge that is in the books, then he’s a real numismatist.” -- Aaron Feldman.


20 days ago

There are two books that are not about ancient coins directly but give brief biographies of the people you find on the coins or who issued the coins.  These are "Who Was Who in the Greek World" and "Who Was Who in the Roman World."  Your wife gave you really great books on getting started and finding you way around Ancient Coins which is really a much larger and diverse area than many collectors expect.  And when you choose a particular area of interest, the Sayles' books can take you on to books and sources that will expand your knowledge.  Today's collector has many more sources that were available when I started.  When I started in the early 1950s the only reference books available were pricing catalogues and catalogues of major collections with very little on the technical or historical implications of the coins and coinage.  I hope you get as much pleasure from Ancients as I have.

10 days ago

That is a lot of books. hope you have fun reading through them all, and when you get done you will be an even more informed collector.

9 days ago

I am finding the Sayles books are very easy to read and very informative.  Volumes I through VI, a must for any good Numismatic Library. 

9 days ago

@Mokiechan
I asked my wife for a book on Greek and Roman coinage and she literally got me a whole library.  Ancient Greek and Roman Coins, Collecting Ancient Greek Coins, 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, and Volumes 1 through VI of Ancient Coin Collecting.   I have a lot of reading to do.  Thank You Lisa!!!!!!

 Volume 1 Page 266.
I got in to ancients through US for several reasons. First, I was at a coin show pretty much by accident and I saw that ancient cost no more than US mainstream coins of about the same collectibility. I knew from my own interests that US coins are modeled on classical paradigms. I mean, the "Mercury" dime is obvious, but it is hard to miss the entire Neo-classical period of the 1700s and then its revival in the 1890s with the Chicago World's Fair, all of our banks and public buildings with their columns and cornices and all that.  So, why pursue copies of copies when the originals are available.
Then, I was channel surfing and watched a Carl Sagan Cosmos episode, "Backbone of the Night" about the Greek philosophers. So, I pursued and collected small silvers from the towns and times of philosophers, from Thales of Miletus to Hypatia of Alexandria.
With Ancients and world in general, you get that: a pursuit of a theme you decide. With US all people care about is strike and luster and slabbing labels. Collectors of US cannot tell you who the President was or even the Mint Director. US history is just not important to US numismatics. It can be. For many it is.  But it is not integral.  For ancients, the coins are history you can hold in your hand. You need to know the history to appreciate the coin, strike, luster, rarity, and value all being important, but secondary.



8 days ago

I am finding the Sayles volumes easy to read and very well illustrated.  Just started volume III on Roman Coins.  I will look at some ancients during the PAN show in March, for now I am going to concentrate on completing my Newfoundland type set and getting another irradiated dime.  But after those goals are reached, I will have to find a new collecting area, maybe ancients. 

8 days ago
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