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« on: October 05, 2014, 01:32:18 am »

Hi All

Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.

I'm relatively new to all this and following one or two purchases of lower-priced bronze Roman coins on eBay a few weeks back I stumbled onto Forum.

After reading through many of the articles for new coin collectors I recently made my first purchase (attached stock image from Forum) and am looking forward to its arrival.

70856. Silver antoninianus, SRCV III 8966, RIC IV 48b, RSC IV 215, NGC Ch XF, strike 5/5, surface 3/5 (4162543-005), 3.52g, 22.6mm, 225o, Rome mint, Feb 244 - 245 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SECVRIT ORBIS, Securitas seated left, scepter in right, propping head on left hand; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati collection

I decided on a single coin towards the upper-limit of my budget, with a focus on Roman Imperial silver - Still a relatively broad theme for now that I'll likely narrow in the future.

Looking forward to my next coin and to discussion on the forum. Also very pleased to have made the first step on this new journey.

- Daniel
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2014, 07:15:55 am »

Welcome from another noobie who is also awaiting his first arrival. 

A very nice coin!  Be sure to give us some thoughts when it arrives.
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2014, 08:09:01 am »

Congratulations Daniel, an elegant coin with a very affordable price.

Perhaps , you would like to post it in the FORVM Gallery ,starting your own collection and we all get to enjoy it.


For what it is worth , as a new to this hobby , and a buyer you have started in the right place.
Only time and true stories you will hear here or out ,  will prove my point.

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2014, 07:36:37 pm »

A nice coin--good portrait and one of the scarcer reverses.
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2014, 08:04:47 pm »

a very nice coin, and probably even nicer outside of that plastic prison.
break that sucker out!

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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2014, 08:54:31 pm »

A very respectable first coin!
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2014, 10:31:10 pm »

Collectors of ancient coins tend to prefer coins that are not slabbed, which is why enodia suggests breaking it out.

For a collector of modern coins, they want to get their mirror-like Morgan dollars slabbed so that it preserved, sans finger prints, for all time.  That is not really a concern for someone collecting ancients, and also there is more of a tactile element to ancients, with high relief, and flans that are not perfect circles.

Also, ancients collectors like to see the edge of the coin, that helps in authenticating the coin, and also allows for the collector to judge whether a coin was used in jewelry.  The prongs allow one to see the edge but only to a certain extent.

On the other hand, if you have a coin in a slab, you have a guarantee that, according to a particular expert judgment (from whomever slabbed it), that it is authentic.  Not only do you know that guarantee, but anyone else seeing it will be able to know that guarantee.  Slabs for ancients are becoming more popular, I think that they are somewhat reassuring to new collectors, including old collectors of modern coins, who are just starting to get into ancients.  But, slabbed coins cost a little more, and I assume that the dealer passes on that cost to the buyer.

Neat coin, think about why you want to collect and decide about slabbing for yourself. Wink
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2014, 06:44:27 am »

Great first purchase, Daniel.  Welcome to Forvm.
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2014, 01:50:05 pm »

Welcome to the hobby!

Great first coin.  Thumbs Up

Once you have it, you'll find that it leads to other aspects of the hobby. How to document it, photograph it and storage. Researching the ruler, the specific circumstances of the coins issue, etc. are all facets that bring further satisfaction.
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2014, 06:34:37 am »

Thank you all for the warm welcome, insights, and words of advice. I'm looking forward to future discussions on the forum!
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2014, 07:51:12 am »

Thanks Daniel. Hope you enjoy the coin.
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2014, 06:10:49 am »

Coin arrived today - absolutely fantastic!
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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2014, 07:59:18 am »

Great.  Glad you like it. Thanks.
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« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2014, 12:03:48 am »

Awesome choice! And dont worry to much about theme yet, that will come with time.
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