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What We Know about Crown Types

Tweet This week I want to add another identification tip for Roman Imperial coinage – the type of crown the emperor is wearing. I will review three basic types of crowns you are most likely to encounter and what denominations they may represent. Each crown is typically associated with a type of coin denomination and […]

Byzantine Coinage

Byzantine Coinage

As promised in last week’s article – I’m going to share some information and identification tips for Byzantine Coinage. Byzantine coinage is very interesting and a definite departure from their Roman past. Gone are the detailed images of Emperors, replaced now by an “abstract” style of imagery. The Emperors are typically represented as “spiritual” beings, […]

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Identification of Ancient Coins

I have had some interesting discussions recently with my kids on identification of ancient coins. We happen to be looking at an ad in a coin publication for an upcoming ancient coin auction, and my kids wanted to “test me” on the ability to classify ancient coins only by looking at the photos. I was […]

How to form a great collection

How to form a great collection.

Believe it or not – A great collection need not cost a fortune. This may sound contrary to what you may hear in the coin press or media, but it is true. I can speak first hand of fine collections being formed with little cost. I myself have formed really nice collections (in my view) […]

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The best way to keep a collecting record.

You probably have many methods of keeping a record or note regarding your collection.  Perhaps you keep key information written on a coins holder.  Maybe you include notes on the receipt.  Whatever the method, I’m going to suggest that without a notebook – it’s not enough! You may be missing out on the biggest opportunity […]

Ancient Coins and Collectibles

The Census, Genealogy, and Our Hobby

Perhaps one of the most exciting hobbies to emerge in the last decade is Genealogy and the research of one’s family tree.  With companies like Ancestry, people are eager to get involved in learning about their family tree and the census can be the key! At the same time I am writing this, I am […]

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Secure Your Collection Like a Professional

You may be asking how to secure your collection? Where should you keep your collection? Where is the safest place to store your Gold and Silver? Learn how to secure your collection right now. This one is simple and should come as no surprise… Safe deposit boxes are one of the best places to store […]

Ancient Coins and Collectibles

I Might be a Nerd

I might be a nerd… Recently, I was told that I go back and forth between – being really, really cool, and a complete nerd. They tell me the addition of one extra word or piece of information, is all it takes for me to switch. It is a slippery slope for sure. I’m not […]