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Just wanted to ask you a few questions. I saw your reply on the gold coin (hyperpyron nomisma of John III Ducas) You showed a web site I've never seen before. My wife and I have recently been picking up these older greek, byzantine etc coins...they are quite beautiful and so unlike the American coinage we're used to.
My question is about the reliability of the site you mentioned. We are pretty clueless when it come to authenticity, though trying to learn more. Went through the current auction and saw many things we would be interested in. I'd really like that gold coin that the OP was about, LOL.
Anyways thanks for your replies and pointing me toward the other site!
Mike0October 22, 2017 4:00AM
numismagramCNG is great; in my mind, they are the preeminent dealer for ancients in the US. I worked there full time from 2007-2013, and have done some consulting work with them since late in 2014. They are completely reliable and their e-sales are a good place if you're looking to 'get your feet wet' with ancients. I also catalog full time now with a different firm in Austria which also specializes in ancients---Numismatik Naumann. Their monthly e-sales are listed on biddr.ch: https://www.biddr.ch/auctions/numismatiknaumann/upcoming
As for the coin from the OP, as I mentioned, they are fairly plentiful, and can range in price from $150/200 for ones with some issues all the way to $800/1000 or more for really great examples. A decent representation can be had in the $300/500 range, and they are in a CNG or Naumann sale quite frequently---I'm always cataloging them it seems. I started in US coins when I was younger, but now I do almost everything but that. In my nonexistent freetime, I am also building up my own inventory, focusing on art and historical medals, along with some ancients.
If you have any questions on ancients, just shoot me a message.
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