Frequent question: Why are ancient Greek coins so cheap?

Is it legal to buy ancient coins?

Ancient coins are antiquities, and buying and bringing antiquities back to your home country may be illegal. … That is why you should not purchase an ancient coin that does not have verifiable documentation attesting its existence in a collection in or before 1970, in accordance with the 1970 UNESCO conventions.

Which Greek coins are valuable?

What Greek coins are worth money?

  • Mysia Cyzicus Electrum Full Stater c. 550-450 B.C.
  • Arethusa/Dolphins Silver Tetradrachm c. 450-440 B.C.
  • Philip II Gold Stater c. 339-336 B.C.
  • Antiochus VII Silver Tetradrachm c. 138-129 B.C.

Are ancient Greek coins rare?

Greek coins were first introduced around 700 to 600 BC. Finding coins this old is rare but not impossible. eBay sometimes sees NGC-certified Greek coins from around 440 BC available, such as the Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin.

Are ancient coins authentic?

Thousands of Roman coins found across Europe and thought to be genuine are FAKE, say archeologists. Thousands of coins dating back to the Roman era could be the work of First Century counterfeiters, it has been claimed. … The tiny coins were deemed valuable due to the metal with which they were made.

What is the smallest silver coin called?

This is the smallest of all U.S. Silver Coins! It is called the Three Cent Silver or “Trime.” It may just be one of the most peculiar coins ever released from the U.S. Mint. This is an unusual denomination for a coin, but its purpose was to serve as an intermediate between the Cent and the Half Dime.

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How big are ancient Roman coins?

Late Imperial – Constantine to the Fall of the Empire

Denomination Metal Weight or Size
Miliarense Silver 4.5 gm
Siliquae Silver 3.4 gm
AE 1 Bronze 25 mm
AE 2 Bronze 21 – 25 mm