I want a coin

Feb 2011
309
NY, NY
I would like to buy a coin from Ancient Rome. I can't spend a lot of money. It can't be gold or silver, just the cheap little coin of a blue collar family. I want to feel it and imagine the poor bastard who once cherished it as I surely would now.

The Claudian Julian time would be my preference. Where can I buy one on the cheap legally. Rubbing it in my pocket would mean far more to me than displaying it.
 
Feb 2011
1,202
Scotland
I would like to buy a coin from Ancient Rome. I can't spend a lot of money. It can't be gold or silver, just the cheap little coin of a blue collar family. I want to feel it and imagine the poor bastard who once cherished it as I surely would now.

The Claudian Julian time would be my preference. Where can I buy one on the cheap legally. Rubbing it in my pocket would mean far more to me than displaying it.
Aside from the ubiquitous ebay/fakebay, I would suggest the malls of registered and trusted dealers like MACoin
https://www.ma-shops.co.uk/roman-empire/?ref=idxCatMenu

Vcoin mall
https://www.vcoins.com/en/coins/ancient/roman_imperial-177.aspx

or Forum coins
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/

All of which are highly reputable and have a huge range of coins from all periods for all pockets!

Id love to know which coin you decide upon. Any particular emperor appeal? A fairly low grade bronze As or Dupondius should be available at very reasonable price for any of the Julio-Claudian emperors or maybe even a nice large Sestertius!
 
Feb 2011
309
NY, NY
Thank you so much, benzev, I surely will... and any of the first five would be a real prize for me...
 
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Feb 2011
1,202
Scotland
Thank you so much, benzev, I surely will... and any of the first five would be a real prize for me...
You're welcome. Have you decided what denomination you would like? In Bronze Roman Coinage (as opposed to coinage issued by other cities around the empire), these were

As- Standard 'unit'. Around 10g Bronze/Copper/Orichalcum (yellowish alloy) and around 20mm wide.

Semis- Half As

Quadrans- Quarter As

Dupondius- 2 Asses

Sestertius - 4 Asses, at that time around 30-35mm across and 25g.


If budget is the overriding option, then if it is a Caligula you desire, you probably only get a Quadrans. This does not have a portrait, though it carries interesting symbols. There are also plentiful low grade quadrantes of Claudius.

Asses are the most frequent in low grade and most carry a portrait. You can get them for Augustus, Tiberius, Druses, Germanicus, Livia, Nero et Drusus Caesares, Agrippa, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

Running a quick search on Vcoins, I saw two Claudius Sestertii (his portrait one side, Spes on the other: one of them a contemporary unofficial issue) for around $25 from US dealers so postage shouldn't be a major issue. There are plentiful Asses and not a few Quadrantes.

I wish you good luck in your search!
 

Baldtastic

Ad Honorem
Aug 2009
5,594
Londinium
Aside from the ubiquitous ebay/fakebay, I would suggest the malls of registered and trusted dealers like MACoin
https://www.ma-shops.co.uk/roman-empire/?ref=idxCatMenu

Vcoin mall
https://www.vcoins.com/en/coins/ancient/roman_imperial-177.aspx

or Forum coins
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/

All of which are highly reputable and have a huge range of coins from all periods for all pockets!

Id love to know which coin you decide upon. Any particular emperor appeal? A fairly low grade bronze As or Dupondius should be available at very reasonable price for any of the Julio-Claudian emperors or maybe even a nice large Sestertius!
I've brought from fourmancientcoings before, and can recommend. Also, Silbury coins in the UK is good.
 
Feb 2011
1,202
Scotland
I've brought from fourmancientcoings before, and can recommend. Also, Silbury coins in the UK is good.
That's true, they are also excellent dealers. Many or Most dealers now seem to advertise on Vcoin Mall or MAShops Mall so a search of those sites covers a lot of good dealers.
 
Apr 2017
759
Lemuria
I would like to buy a coin from Ancient Rome. I can't spend a lot of money. It can't be gold or silver, just the cheap little coin of a blue collar family. I want to feel it and imagine the poor bastard who once cherished it as I surely would now.

The Claudian Julian time would be my preference. Where can I buy one on the cheap legally. Rubbing it in my pocket would mean far more to me than displaying it.
There are lot of fake around even on legitimate sites. So be warned. You want something authentic. I have a collection of various old coins I found metal detecting but I don't sell what I find.
 

Kookaburra Jack

Ad Honorem
May 2011
2,966
Rural Australia
Rubbing it in my pocket would mean far more to me than displaying it.
Although if you find yourself in a poker tournament such a coin as a weight on your pocket cards might bring you Imperial luck, or distract your opponents, or both. I'd probably go for a coin that was issued during the rule of the Emperor Julian. But it's a fascinating idea - thanks. A blast from the past.
 
Feb 2011
1,202
Scotland
Although if you find yourself in a poker tournament such a coin as a weight on your pocket cards might bring you Imperial luck, or distract your opponents, or both. I'd probably go for a coin that was issued during the rule of the Emperor Julian. But it's a fascinating idea - thanks. A blast from the past.
Small bronze coins of Julian are not hard to come by from dealers nor paticulalrly expensive.
 
Feb 2011
1,202
Scotland
There are lot of fake around even on legitimate sites. So be warned. You want something authentic. I have a collection of various old coins I found metal detecting but I don't sell what I find.
Still best from a dealer, who will usually provide a lifetime guarantee of authenticity and refund your money if demonstrated to be a forgery. But they know best how to avoid these and Forum even runs a site about them.