1. The most important thing: You've not been had
. This coin is real, for all a photograph can tell. The weight fits perfectly too.
2. This is an archaic didrachm (two-drachm piece) of Akragas
, modern-day Agrigento, Sicily
. Minting year: roughly about 480 BC.
3. If you overpaid, it's just a little. You can never say "this coin is worth exactly $283.50", that would be nonsense. Sometimes one and the same coin appears twice on Ebay
or in public sales over a few years, and it's very interesting how different prices can be. In both directions.
4. Trying to be objective, IMHO $500 would be slightly high for a buy on Ebay
but perfectly normal for a buy from a dealer, with guarantee and all.
5. If you want money
quick and want to sell it on Ebay
, say who you got it from; because if you have no big name on Ebay
, people will be skeptical whether the coin is real. There's so much crap on Ebay
, it's for a reason that people call it Fleabay.
6. If you want to part
with it but are in no hurry, you might consign
it - why not to Joe (Joe Sermarini, Big Chief of this website)? He'll certainly get a better price
than you will.
7. Why not keep it? It's a beautiful coin. These are two wonderful depictions of nature in their early Greek simplicity. The condition is absolutely normal for these because they circulated for about a hundred years. In higher grades, they are rather rare
and very expensive.