How To Find The Value Of Ancient Coins

How to Find the Value of Ancient Coins. Ancient coins values can be estimated with a guide book, but there are no actual price guides because values change based on the supply and demand of the market. There...

There are guide books, but there is no price guide or accurate market guide for ancient coins. David Seer has a series of book on Roman coin values. I have a great deal of respect for him, but I think he would be the first one to admit that using his book as a price guide to buy a coin on any given day is a dangerous thing, because the market has so many variables in it. The price of a given coin is affected by so many different factors that it's impossible to put that into a book. His book is more of a comparison of values. If every coin were of the same grade and every coin remains consistently accessible in the market, then this is what it might be worth. The availability of the coins changes considerably. Sometimes you won't see a particular coin on the market for two or three years and suddenly there will be a load of them. A generalization is possible but a precise valuation of a particular coin is very, very difficult and you won't get that out of a book. It is sometimes even difficult to get it out of appraiser. Every serious appraiser is going to check their own personal value system among others with great experience. A dealer almost by default will appraise coins every time they buy and sell them to figure out what they are worth. A collector has a harder time doing that, because they do not have access to all the materials that a dealer does. Prices charged for coins sold by a dealer vary considerably from what the collector may be willing to pay. Two coins of exactly the same condition can sell for quite different prices depending on the time in the market, the collector, and the seller. The answer is to finding out values is to educate yourself.

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