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Welcome to Agora Ancient Coins

Agora Ancient Coins is the webshop of Agora Numismatiek.
This website is completely devoted to high grade and rare ancient Greek coins, Roman coins and Byzantine coins. You will also find here links to other interesting websites concerning ancient coins.

Traditionally coins often mark important events in history. This makes coins a tangible remnant of times gone by. Every period in classical history has its own charm for a collector. With Greek coins it is especially about aesthetic beauty, the craftsmanship of the artist and the visual development of the arts. Roman coins give an insight in the political and social- economic development of the Roman Empire and tell stories of the customs and traditions of the Romans. The Byzantine coins form the bridge between the Classical World and the Middle Ages and a numismatist can’t get enough of the questions posed by the more than thousand years of coinage of this empire.
Let Agora Numismatiek accompany you and support you with advice and information on this interesting journey through the Classical World.


All our coins are guaranteed indefinitly, come with a certificate of authenticity and have an unambiguous provenance. Agora Numismatiek is a corresponding member of the "Verband der Deutschen Münzhändler" and is also a member of the "Koninklijk Nederlands Genootschap voor Munt- en Penningkunde".


Collecting
When collecting high grade and rare ancient coins and creating a collection with patrimonium value, it is not only the artistic beauty and the state of preservation that is important, but also the mutual relationship which the coins have in the collection and their historical value.
A collection of ancient coins, composed with care and knowledge gives a lasting picture of a period in ancient history and has many points of contact with our present society. Because of this a collection of ancient coins is a source of inspiration, joy and fascination for its owner.

The four values of collecting ancient coins
• Cultural value – The origin of todays Western world lie in ancient Greece and Rome. Many of the present day symbols and ideas in use originate from these civilizations. As such, ancient coins have had an attraction to the rich and powerfull through the ages. Join these collectors of old in their fascination for our heritage .
• Historical value – From the first democracy to well in to the middle ages, from Alexander the Great to Julius Caesar, coins have always been struck to commemorate important events and achievements. Ancient coins have come down to us in time to proclaim history and to bring a bygone world to life as nothing else
• Artistic value – Contrary to modern coins, ancient coins are true masterpieces of art. Struck in gold, silver and bronze, the designs were often made by artists who belonged to the best of their time. High reliefs, daring compositions and incredable detail, ancient coins offer an insight in the evolution of art through milennia.
• Financial value – High quality ancient coins are, on the whole, not cheap. And as an investment one must not expect quick gains like in todays stock market. Ancient coins should ideally be held in portfolio for 20 years or more. But then, a carefully composed collection can pay out a good dividend.The advantage of ancient coins is the low correlation with other markets. So a collection of ancient coins that pairs quality to rarity can be a stable diversification in a securitiesportfolio. Moreover, contrary to alternative investments like whiskey, fine wine, land etc., there are dozens of coin auctions each year, so selling a collection of ancient coins is easy.

Our services
• Collection advice - composing a collection of ancient coins with a good balance as to the four values mentioned above is no easy task. Agora Numismatiek will assist a collector in this through a collection plan so that the collectors goals are achieved.
• Auction representation – As Agora Numismatiek is attending most important international auctions in ancient coins, I’m happy to assist you in bidding at these auctions. For a fee of 5% on the hammerprice I’ll view on location the coins you want to bid on, provide you with a condition report, advise you on a bidding strategy and bid for you directly in the auctionroom. With the common use of the internet, especially the last part is often underestimated. The “reading” of an auction more than once makes the difference between failure and succes. As European auctionhouses often give dealers a small discount, my services would be at no extra charge to you.
• Selling – Agora Numismatiek has a moving stock of high quality ancient coins which meet the standards as set above, for direct sale. Please visit the collection part of the website. If you like more information on a coin or coins in general, don’t hesitate to contact me.
• Buying – Be it a single coin or a complete collection, Agora Numismatiek is always interested in purchasing high quality ancient coins.
• Appraisal – Agora Numismatiek offers a valuation service for individual coins and collections free of charge. However, for appraisals requiring significant time or travel, a reasonable fee will be asked from the client.

 

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