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What is an Ancient Coin?

Learn What Distinguishes an Old Coin From an Ancient Coin

The term ancient is simply a loose generalization applied to old coins. This can be a useful starting point for anyone interested in trading and collecting coins of a different era.

The first step toward calculating ancient coin values is to accurately identify your rare coins. Closely examine the coin for legends, including its country of origin, date, mintmark and denomination. Does the coin include any designs, like the face of a prominent individual or animal? What type of Precious Metal appears most prominent in the coin: Silver, Gold, Copper or Bronze? Use the Internet to search for information about the coin or consult a coin expert in person.

New coin collectors may be surprised to learn that age does not necessarily guarantee a high premium for a coin. For example, the Bronze drachm coins from between 35 B.C. and 5 A.D, from the reign of Azes II, the king of Bactria in present-day Afghanistan are appreciated but also relatively inexpensive, at less than $15 per coin. In contrast, an ancient Silver Macedonian Alexander III tetradrachm, from between 336 and 323 B.C., is estimated at roughly $2,500 per coin. The Precious Metals’ content and condition must be taken into account when estimating the value of older coins.

APMEX carries a wide variety of ancient coins from throughout human history. Colonial and early American coins are especially popular among collectors, including Civil War tokens and Connecticut Copper cents. APMEX also features a number of ancient coins, from about 600 B.C. to 476 A.D., medieval coins, from about 500 to 1500 A.D., and Chinese dynasty coins.

Expand your collection today and shop our assortment of ancient and medieval coins.

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