eBay Auction #282511698 - Seller bcrumpt - 15 coins @ $2.00 - March 19, 2000
Finished - April 28, 2000 Keeper % = 73% ($2.73 per) Lot value $54 ($1.80 / $)
My first lot of coins and I'm very happy with them. Good distribution of Emperors, most attributable and of decent quality. Vendor was very helpful and answered any question I had. Recommended.
Obverse Dirty Obverse Clean
Reverse Dirty Reverse Clean
eBay Auction #281532738 - Seller ancientcoinman - 20 coins @ $0.68 - March 21, 2000
Finished - May 2, 2000 Keeper % = 5% ($13.60 per keeper) Lot value $0
Note - Many of these coins were nearly attributable, perhaps to a more practiced eye. For instance, two coins was either Valentinian or Valens but the right half of the obverse was gone so I couldn't tell. Also note that they were advertised as culls, there was no misrepresentation. The one coin I counted as attributed is actually unattributed, but I really like it. It's a fragment of a Byzantine coin, I don't know anything more. But it is very attractive, so it counts. Oh, dear, am I going to have to collect Byzantine coins now? Wonder if I can get a second mortgage on the house?
Dirty Obverse Clean Reverse Clean
eBay Auction #282025324 - Seller caesars12 - 20 coins @ $1.70 - March 22, 2000
Finished - May 14, 2000 Keeper % = 44% ($3.86 per keeper) Lot value $21 ($0.62 / $)
Some very nice coins here. I especially like the Julian II (the Apostate) - I've been an admirer every since reading Gore Vidal's book "Julian" years ago. Now I've got him. One coin is a Greek Provincial which probably could be identified if I know anything about these coins. (Sigh, more books to buy...). This vendor is a major player who will be around for a while.
Dirty Obverse Clean Reverse Clean
Ordered from Ancient Coin Forum - 20 coins @ $1.50 (22 sent!) - March 23, 2000
Finished - May 14, 2000 Keeper % = 27% ($5.00 per) Lot value $21 ($0.70 / $)
These coins came out a little expensive, but this vendor still has some excellent deals. If you purchase uncleaned coins from them they will sell you a copy of Van Meter's Handbook of Imperial Coins for $25. That's $11 less than I've found it elsewhere, and Van Meter is my book of choice for attribution. Much easier to use and more complete than Sear, although it seems to contain more errors than Sear. RIC is way beyond the reach of my wallet, of course. Anyway, I recommend newcomers to pick up a coin / book combo as a starter set. Their site has wonderful references and example coins with a chronological listing of Emperors. Each Emperor's section has links to the relevant page of De Imperatoribus Romanis and Robert Cape's Virtual Catalog of Roman Coins.
Dirty Obverse Clean Reverse Clean
eBay auction #289274472 - seller Silenos - 12 coins @ $1.50 - March 31, 2000
Finished - May 17, 2000 Keeper % = 33% ($6.00 per) Lot value $13 ($0.72 / $)
Mixed success here. I used a few of the coins
here for my first electrolysis efforts. Those coins were consumed
in the first steps of the learning process. (In other words,
I trashed them). I've given the vendor credit as if they were
all keepers, which some weren't. However, two of these coins
are as nice as many coins I've seen for sale on eBay. I am especially
fond of the Diocletian.
eBay auction #280877001 - seller imabrit - 12 coins @ $1.95 - April 3, 2000
Finished - May 1, 2000 Keeper % = 42% ($4.68 per) Lot value $18 ($0.76 / $)
Not at all unhappy with these coins. Nearly 50% attributable and two were of excellent quality (VF to my amateur eye). Vendor has stayed in contact and responded to all email. As I remember he said that these were toward the last of his current lot and that I should order more when his new lot came in. I think I'll do just that...
Dirty Obverse Clean Reverse Clean
Yahoo auction #20581437 - seller doubleo_2 - 15 @ $2.00 - April 3, 2000
Finished - May 1, 2000 Keeper % = 7% ($30.00 per keeper) Lot value $0
Anyone know the price for junk bronze? Cause that's what I have here. The only attributable coin is the Islamic in the Dirty picture (at least I assume it is attributable). It isn't in the cleaned picture because my eight year old daughter liked it. A lot. So it's gone, God knows where. The rest are fragments and coins so porous that all design vanished centuries ago. These were actually worse than the $0.68 cull coins in the auction above. I'm not impressed.
eBay auction #285090350 - seller antiquity.bureau -16 @ $1.25 ( 24 sent ! ) - April 6, 2000
Finished - May 18, 2000 Keeper % = (If you like Islamic coins) 37% ($2.22 per )
Keeper % = (If you don't collect Islamics) 17% ($5.00 per)
Lot value $18 ($0.90 / $) (I don't collect Islamics)
If everyone gets 50% more coins than they paid for or collects Islamics, I can recommend this vendor. The most interesting coin in the lot is the ancient Greek. I was lucky to see a similar coin on auction on Amazon (opening bid = $19.95) which enabled me to attribute this one. Hard to imagine that it is 800 years older than the Roman coins.
eBay auction #287943213 - seller ancientcoinman - 12 @ $1.50 - April 6, 2000
Finished - May 22, 2000 Keeper % = 58% ($2.57 per) Lot value $32 ($1.77 / $)
I don't know if my standards are getting lower or my cleaning skills are getting better, but these came out even better than I expected. The two Diocletians are keepers mostly because they are uncommon in the uncleaned lots I've posted so far, and the Claudius Gothicus looks like someone ran over his face with a tractor. And I still love them. The prize here is the Constans - truly VF+. I recommend this vendor highly.
eBay auction #291096817 - seller madroosi -12 @ $2.00 - April 7, 2000
Finished - May 21, 2000 Keeper % = 25% ($8.00 per) Lot value $9 ($0.38 / $)
I owe Madroosi half an apology - these coins weren't quite as bad as I first thought. Three coins were identifiable, although only in Good + condition. A fourth should be attributable by its unusual reverse but I can't place it. It is a large bird (crane? phoenix? peacock?) on a small globe. The obverse has a diad. portrait in the late Roman style. No legends are readable. Help!
eBay auction #289703681 - seller pmgant -12 @ $1.75 - April 11, 2000
Finished - May 17, 2000 Keeper % = 4% ($42.00 per keeper) Lot value $0
Absolute garbage. Gave the vendor 1/2 a keeper for the small coin at the top (Indian?). The rest are very expensive junk bronze. Avoid this vendor.
Note - At this point I would like to insert a link to an independent review I received from a seller I hadn't purchased coins from. I think this person offered good insight into the coins received so far.
eBay auction #294582074 - bneighbor - 20 @ $0.99 (24 received) - April 12, 2000
Finished - May 26, 2000 Keeper % = 30% ($3.30 per) Lot value $36 ($1.81 / $)
This is another lot that I think could pay for itself if resold on eBay. (not that I'm in this for a profit, mind you). The Theodusius II would resell for around $15 by itself, and the Gratian and Diocletian would bring something as well. Very nice coins, different emperors - highly recommended.
eBay auction #285994141 - firstname.lastname@example.org - 10 @ $2.50 - April 13, 2000
Finished - May 27, 2000 Keeper % = 50% ($5.00 per) Lot value $21 ($0.84 / $)
There were several nice coins here, but for this price there should be. Hutto's current auctions are up to $3.00 a coin. That's a lot considering that some of these coins in VF cost around that on eBay. One coin here has me confused. I think it is a Constantine II as Caesar listed in the ANS on-line catalog as RIC 144. It isn't listed in Sear or Van Meter. Can anyone out there identify this coin?
Amazon auction #0321k170571 - email@example.com - 10 @ $1.75 - April 14, 2000
Finished - May 31, 2000 Keeper % = 50% ($3.50 per keeper) Lot value $15 ($0.82 / $)
Two nice coins here - One each of Valentinian I and II around F+. The Roman Provincial should be attributable but I still haven't broken down and acquired references for these. Shame - this is the first as-sized coin I've cleaned that might prove identifiable. I've increased the resolution of my scans, so if anyone is feeling helpful out there, please enlighten me.
eBay auction #299615780 - moufid - 18 @ $1.44 (20 received) - April 20, 2000
Finished - June 3, 2000
Keeper % = 35%
($3.70 per) Lot
value $17 ($0.65 / $)
Two of the coins here are Roman Provincials which I couldn't attribute, so they count as keepers but don't contribute to the lot value. The quality of the coins themselves isn't terribly great, hence the fairly low rating. Still, not to bad. I may try Moufid again sometime.
eBay auction #306352057 - nemesiscoins -15 @ $1.69 (18 received) - April 23, 2000
Finished - June 5, 2000 Keeper % = 67% ($2.50 per ) Lot value $43 ($1.70 / $)
We have a winner! So far, at least. A nice wide variety of emperors and types. The commemoratives came out very nice, The Probus is super and the only Arcadius larger than AE4 I've found is here. I'm very happy with these coins and will order again from Nemesis. Soon.
eBay auction #299439464 - barnowlc - 25 @ $2.00 - April 24, 2000
Finished - June 9, 2000 Keeper % = 24% ($8.33 per) Lot value $34 ($0.68 / $)
This is a tough lot to assign value to. There are two coins here which I haven't found in uncleaned lots before - a silver Elagabalus denarius and what appears to be a provincial semis of Nero! In pretty poor shape I admit, but I am sure that is ol' chubby-cheeks on there. A similar coin in much better condition was sold on eBay for $60. I assume this coin to be worth 1/10th of that. But it sure makes a nice break from FEL TEMP REPARATIO. A lot of these coins are asiatic, something I don't collect. If you do, check out this vendor.
Amazon auction #327H985188 - Raydar -15 @ $1.85 (16 received) - April 24, 2000
Finished - June 10, 2000 Keeper % = 56% ($3.08 per) Lot value $55 ($1.98 / $)
Probably the best lot yet! The nicest and most valuable coin here is the Helena ae3. Every hair on the obverse and every line in the dress on the reverse is visible. Also notable is a Maximinus II follis. And I should also mention the Constantine memorial with the hand of God plucking Constantine out of a quadriga. Well, it looks more like an emperor being flung out of a cart during a road accident, but the thought is there... Highly recommended.
eBay auction #289061570 - ancientauctionhouse.com - 12 @ $1.70 - April 24, 2000
Finished - June 19, 2000 Keeper % = 17% ($10.20 per) Lot value $8 ($0.39 / $)
Only one really nice coin here, but that is a really nice coin. A centenionalis of Constantius II, driving the barbarians out with a Chi-Rho. Kind of an expensive way to get this coin though...
eBay auction #291921541 - stankov - 20 @ $0.75 (22 received) - April 25, 2000
Finished - June 20, 2000 Keeper % = 45% ($1.50 per) Lot value $57 ($3.80 / $)
This is wonderful. Life is good. I have my second found denarius (Marcus Aurelius). The Crispus and the Constantius II as Caesar are winners too. Another lot from Stankov is soaking in oil currently and those look good also. This guy joins the recommended vendor list with zero reservations.
Yahoo auction #21733741 - imuyle - 15 @ $1.00 - April 27, 2000
Finished - June 26, 2000 Keeper % = 57% ($1.85 per) Lot value $28 ($1.87/ $)
No single outstanding coin here, but lots like this are very satisfying to clean since the majority were identifiable. I'll order from imuyle again (if he posts more auctions - none at the moment).
eBay auction #304501116 - gifireman - 12 @ $1.50 - April 30, 2000
Finished - June 29, 2000 Keeper % = 42% ($3.60 per) Lot value $75 ($4.17/ $)
Well, surprise, surprise... See the thick, encrusted coin 2nd from the left in the bottom row of the dirty scan? Well that turned into a cool VF scarce (RIC 3) Licinius I. Makes your day, I tell you. There is also a Constantius II in VF condition and a few other keepers. Wonderful coins - I'm ordering more as soon as possible.
eBay auction #305316837 - firstname.lastname@example.org - 12 @ $1.65 - April 30, 2000
Finished - June 27, 2000 Keeper % = %33 ($4.95 per) Lot value $17 ($0.85/ $)
The majority of the value in this lot came from an already cleaned Byzantine Justinian I 16 nummi piece. That coin is very nice - the rest aren't.
eBay auction #313455977 - aeratus - 10 @ $1.80 - May 1, 2000
Finished - June 30, 2000 Keeper % = 30% ($6.00 per) Lot value $10 ($0.56/ $)
Nothing too exciting here. The Byzantine trachy is the nicest example I've found in an uncleaned lot so far, and the Valens is a nice little coin.
I'm changing the format of cleaned coin scans in an effort to reduce the size of the scans and hence the load times. I'm also including the estimated value of each coin on the scan. This isn't a cheap attempt to sell them. Yet.
eBay auction #309769961 - rustler54 - 10 @ $1.09 - May 2, 2000
Finished - July 9, 2000 Keeper % = 30% ($3.63 per) Lot value $7.50 ($0.69/ $)
Nothing too special. The Theodosius I has an excellent portrait for such a small coin.
eBay auction #312091087 - treverus - 15 @ $1.10 - May 14, 2000
Finished - July 9, 2000 Keeper % = 47% ($2.36 per) Lot value $16 ($0.97/ $)
Good value here. The URBVS ROMA is very nice and the Arcadius has lots of detail.
Amazon auction #0502F278206 - romancoinman - 12 @ $1.50 - May 15, 2000
Finished - July 23, 2000 Keeper % = 25% ($4.50 per) Lot value $19 ($1.06/ $)
The Valentinian I out of this lot is just gorgeous - one of the nicest coins I've found so far. It alone pretty much makes the lot worthwhile.
eBay auction #315772198 - cas12 - 40 @ $0.80 - May 15, 2000
Finished - August 12, 2000 Keeper % = 35% ($2.29 per) Lot value $26.75 ($0.84/ $)
Some very interesting coins here. A Trajan fouree, a barbaric Licinius copy and a number of lowish grade bronzes. I'm very pleased with these coins and I'd like to order more from this vendor. Unfortunantly this vendor hasn't had any auctions recently.
eBay auction #309263327 - geauc478 - 10 @ $1.75 (12 received) - May 15, 2000
Finished - August 26, 2000 Keeper % = 80% ($2.18 per) Lot value $= ($0.80/ $)
A very mixed lot. Mostly low quality coins, but a good distribution of Emperors and another silver! I would buy from this vendor again.
eBay auction #319239340 - aeratus - 25 @ $0.70 - May 15, 2000
Finished - September 4, 2000 Keeper % = 28% ($2.50 per) Lot value $6.50 ($0.37/ $)
These were advertised as cheap culls, so I didn't expect a lot here. And there isn't anything too special - the Constantius II votive is very nice and the fouree is interesting. Some bargains can be found in low-grade coin lots but it takes a lot of work to dig them out.
Amazon auction #0430H179628 - eride33785 - 11 @ $1.50 - May 19, 2000
Finished - September 19, 2000 Keeper % = 55% ($2.75 per) Lot value $14 ($0.85/ $)
I owe Mr. Ride an apology. These coins turned out much better than expected. A nice distribution of Emperors and the detail is good. I have no idea what the two paper-thin coins on the left are - can someone help me out here?
Ancient Coin Forum - Ancient-Coin-Forum.com - 50 @ $1.30 (56 recieved) - May 20, 2000
Finished - October 11, 2000 Keeper % = 24% ($5.41 per) Lot value $57.50 ($0.88/ $)
These coins had more variety than I've seen in any other lots so far. Wonderful, and a welcome relief from Constantine & Sons. Nero, Hadrian, Theodora, Philip II. This is more like it! And check out the Constantine GLORIA EXERCITAS. A common coin, but an incredibly high quality example. You can see the faces and the footwear on the soldiers on the reverse. I wonder if all coins looked this good the day they were minted. Anyway, a highly ecommended vendor. I just heard from Joe at Forum and he has a new lot of coins in which he says are just as good. Tell him I sent ya.
eBay auction #325831637 - email@example.com - 10 @ $1.85 - May 20, 2000
Finished - November 4, 2000 Keeper % = 80% ($2.31 per) Lot value $17.50 ($0.95/ $)
A wonderful lot. Look at that Constantine follis - you can see every hair. Great vendor.
eBay auction #330699276 - imabrit - 12 @ $2.25 - May 30, 2000
Finished - November 20, 2000 Keeper % = 50% ($4.50 per) Lot value $42 ($1.55/ $)
Really great coins. The Constantius II centenionalis is a wonderful coin - large and very detailed. And one of the small coins turned out to be a fairly rare type - a Delmatius, from the branch of the family which was massacred by the sons of Constantine 1st as soon as the old man died. These join the top of the recommended list.
Joe Blazick (Caesar12) - 20 @ $1.75 - May 20, 2000
Finished - December 5, 2000 Keeper % = 60% ($2.91 per) Lot value $68 ($1.94/ $)
These turned out to be wonderful coins. The Licinius follis would be great in any collection. A really nice break from the usual Constantine family portraits. Please note the Constantine campgate which is only cleaned on one side of the coin. I'm revamping my cleaning tips page and using this coin to show how a sterio microscope is a very useful tool. That coin is to be used as an example there. Another interesting coin is the Aurelian on the right side of the page. The reverse just has an odd stick figure instead of Sol. I guess ancient celators had bad days too...
molsonfuzz - 12 @ 1.50 - May 26, 2000
Finished - December 30, 2000 Keeper % = 75% ($2.00per) Lot value $21($1.16/ $)
A nice variety of lowish grade coins. Several needed electrolysis but reacted badly and wound up very porous. This is a common hazard of electrolysis, so save it for coins which don't clean up any other way.