Contrary to popular belief, ancient coin collecting is not just for the ultra-rich. many of these historical treasures are surprisingly accessible to history enthusiasts from all walks of life!
The global coin market is large and complicated, but here are some main reasons as to why you can buy them today.
Coins have been mass-produced throughout history and survive in larger numbers than any other type of artifact. The Romans alone made millions of them, not to mention other civilizations in the Middle East and Asia.
Like today, coins were a necessary part of a thriving economy–think of how many U.S. pennies will still be around in a few centuries.
In Asia, coins were cast in "tree" shapes (top) to produce dozens of coins at once. Roman coins were struck with reusable dies (bottom) (Image 1 & 2 from Wikimedia)
One of the reasons ancient coins have survived for so long is their composition. Most coins were made of metal, such as bronze, silver, or gold, which are naturally resistant to corrosion and decay.
This means that ancient coins can be found in relatively good condition despite their age, unlike wood or leather artifacts that are nothing more than dust after spending a thousand years underground.
Of course each coin is a unique artifact, but they do follow a certain pattern. Unlike one-of-a-kind artifacts, coins were manufactured with similar designs and inscriptions.
Because of this, they often hold less archaeological significance, making it easier for collectors to obtain them without infringing on cultural heritage preservation efforts.
The Seaton Down Hoard of 22,888 Roman bronze coins, found by a metal detectorist in England (Photo courtesy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme)
In recent years, the rise of metal detecting as a hobby has resulted in a surge of ancient coin discoveries, particularly in Europe.
Enthusiasts armed with metal detectors often uncover these historical treasures in fields, riverbanks, and other areas where ancient people once lived. These finds contribute to the growing availability of ancient coins on the market.
So, how can you buy ancient coins? Start by browsing our collection here at History Hoard. Always ensure you purchase from a trusted source to avoid counterfeit coins (we certainly do!) and adhere to any relevant laws and regulations regarding the trade of antiquities in your country.
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