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ancient coins, a treasure for oneself

Minted for twenty-seven centuries, coins represent an immense field of collection which drains millions of collectors all over the world. But it remains very opaque for the uninitiated. Lighting on three key sectors.

« The world of old coins is hard to penetrate. A piece that does not look like it can be worth a fortune smiles numismatic expert Sabine Bourgey. And collectors do not share their knowledge. ” It is usually their hidden passion, sometimes even ignored by their family. Coming from all social backgrounds, men in almost 100% of cases, they rarely buy to resell quickly. ” A coin collection is a personal creation “, according to the expert.


The right time for Roman coins

Whether he is a captain of industry or a pastry chef, the amateur of old coins is generally keen on history. Ancient Rome offers a vast playground, which spans more than nine centuries for the imperial period alone. ” There are fads in numismatics, and roman coins have been more in vogue than they are today “Says Sabine Bourgey. Now seems like the right time to get started. Rarity makes the price, as in any sector of numismatics. A beautiful denier in silver from the Republic is available from 100 euros. For an aureus (gold coin) of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, whose reign stretched from 138 to 161, it is necessary to consider between 6000 and 8000 euros, whereas for a coin minted under Quintille, who governed two weeks in 3rd century, it is necessary to provide 150,000 euros minimum…

Nero (54-68).  Aureus.  (64-68).  Knocked down 1524 euros including fees at Drouot on July 5 by the Fraysse et Associés auction house

Nero (54-68). Aureus. (64-68). Knocked down 1524 euros including fees at Drouot on July 5 by the Fraysse et Associés auction house

The kings of France, a safe bet

Numismatists are primarily interested in the currencies of their own country. Coins with the effigies of the kings of France are therefore appreciated by French collectors. It was François I, returning from the wars in Italy, who had the first strikes. Portrait quality matters. Jean Warin, general engraver of coins under Louis XIII, is hailed by collectors. On April 7, a piece of eight Louis bearing the effigy of Louis XIII, a very rarely minted coin and in perfect condition, won a record at Drouot with 310,000 euros including costs. In general, beautiful gold Louis are worth between 30,000 and 40,000 euros. ” Choose them in the best possible condition and avoid restored parts “, underlines Sabine Bourgey. The condition of the pieces, any restorations, as well as the rarity of the copies are mentioned in the sales catalogs.

Piece of eight Louis d'or, sold for €310,000 including fees (world record) on April 7, 2022 at the Hôtel Drouot by the Beaussant-Lefèvre auction house.Piece of eight Louis d'or, sold for €310,000 including fees (world record) on April 7, 2022 at the Hôtel Drouot by the Beaussant-Lefèvre auction house.

Piece of eight Louis d’or, sold for €310,000 including fees (world record) on April 7, 2022 at the Hôtel Drouot by the Beaussant-Lefèvre auction house.

Treasures, bonus to fantasy

« Treasures make you dream. A currency from a treasury can benefit from a 20% premium », remarks the expert. In 2021, the treasure of Plozevet, 235 gold coins minted under Louis XIII and Louis XIV found in a Breton manor, quadrupled its estimate of €250,000-300,000 to exceed one million at Ivoire in Angers. A double Louis d’or of Louis XIV, estimated at 15,000 euros, was fought for up to 56,120 euros including costs. If it is the chests of Spanish galleons returning from the New World and engulfed by the sea that have your favor, you can find gold coins of 8 escudos from 2000 euros. ” But the legislation regarding treasures is very strict. Choose a storefront seller “, advises Sabine Bourgey, who has just published a book on a treasure found in the Bahamas in the 1980s.

Gallic currency, gold stater of the Parisii (Paris), from the treasury of Puteaux.  Estimate 35,000 - 40,000 euros.  Sale by Beaussant Lefevre in Paris on October 25Gallic currency, gold stater of the Parisii (Paris), from the treasury of Puteaux.  Estimate 35,000 - 40,000 euros.  Sale by Beaussant Lefevre in Paris on October 25

Gallic currency, gold stater of the Parisii (Paris), from the treasury of Puteaux. Estimate 35,000 – 40,000 euros. Sale by Beaussant Lefevre in Paris on October 25


Two sales to follow

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By Beaussant-Lefèvre at the Hôtel Drouot, 9, rue Drouot, 75009 Paris, 01 47 70 40 00, beaussantlefevre.com, on October 25.

By the Tarn auction house, 15-25, rue Laurent Antoine Lavoisier, 81 000 Albi, 05 63 78 27 27, interencheres.com, on October 27.

TO READ

The Treasure of the Bahamasby Sabine Bourgey, Éditions du Trésor, 2022 (64 pp, €15).

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