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Looking for Reputable Sellers of Ancient Celtic Coins and Glass
« on: February 25, 2012, 06:59:19 pm »
I'm looking for reputable sellers of ancient Celtic coins and glass.  Has anyone purchased anything like that or know of someone above board who sells this kind of thing?

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Re: Looking for Reputable Sellers of Ancient Celtic Coins and Glass
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012, 07:32:50 pm »
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I'm looking for reputable sellers of ancient Celtic coins and glass.  Has anyone purchased anything like that or know of someone above board who sells this kind of thing?

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I don't buy Celtic items but here is a listing for some really good dealers with some descent prices.  A quick check shows abt 560 items

http://www.vcoins.com/
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Re: Looking for Reputable Sellers of Ancient Celtic Coins and Glass
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2012, 07:50:47 pm »
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I don't buy Celtic items but here is a listing for some really good dealers with some descent prices.  A quick check shows abt 560 items

http://www.vcoins.com/

 
Thanks!  Have you bought from any of these dealers, or know someone who has?  I'm just kinda paranoid about this, since coins are so easily faked.
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Re: Looking for Reputable Sellers of Ancient Celtic Coins and Glass
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012, 07:55:38 pm »
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Thanks!  Have you bought from any of these dealers, or know someone who has?  I'm just kinda paranoid about this, since coins are so easily faked.


I made purchases from a number of them.  However, all my purchases have been Greek or Roman as I collect pretty much by topic.  Today even eBay is not such a danger as many of the dealers place slow moving items on eBay.  My advice though would be to ask them questions if you have any doubts or concerns.

Also check against the other dealers for the prices can vary pretty significantly between them.

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Re: Looking for Reputable Sellers of Ancient Celtic Coins and Glass
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012, 08:04:32 pm »
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I made purchases from a number of them.

 
Thanks for the tips.  I've never purchased anything like this before, so I'm not really sure what the red flags are.

A friend made a ring for me set with a piece of ancient glass (probably Roman), and another friend gave me an ancient Roman coin.  I just think it's so cool that these are things that people made, used, and touched thousands of years ago, and now I have them.  It's a kind of connection, I guess.  And it makes me wonder what the archaeologists of 2000 years from now will think about the things we use now.  ;)
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Re: Looking for Reputable Sellers of Ancient Celtic Coins and Glass
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2012, 08:36:01 pm »
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Thanks for the tips.  I've never purchased anything like this before, so I'm not really sure what the red flags are.

A friend made a ring for me set with a piece of ancient glass (probably Roman), and another friend gave me an ancient Roman coin.  I just think it's so cool that these are things that people made, used, and touched thousands of years ago, and now I have them.  It's a kind of connection, I guess.  And it makes me wonder what the archaeologists of 2000 years from now will think about the things we use now.  ;)


Research is the biggest deterent to being ripped off for sure.  There's quite a few free catelogs or extracts that are dedicated to celtic items that can be a valuable aide.  Sometimes it's a good thing to simply puruse old auctions and such to see going prices, write ups and descriptions with many of them also having pictures of the coins in question.  Even knowing the material make up of various coins and regions that minted them in gold, silver, bronze or copper or variations with gold / silver surfaces over copper centers for instance.

With that you'll get an idea of how prices work with regards to ages and area's.  For instance I collect Artemis on coins and know that the coins of Syracus typically go in the couple of thousands range unless one is looking at a copy which may be as few as 20 dollars for the item.  Occasionally you might come across someone selling something and not knowing what it is or it value but that doesn't happen to often.

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