Austin Coins Blog

  1. Rare Coins vs. Bullion — Which Is Right for You?

    Rare Coins vs. Bullion — Which Is Right for You?

    When it comes to investing in precious metals, there are two main types of assets: rare coins (sometimes called “investment-grade coins”) and bullion. While both types are capable of helping you achieve your short-term and long-term investment goals, there are some key differences between the two that you should be aware of.

    In today’s blog, the team at Austin Rare Coins & Bullion is here to help you understand the pros and cons of both rare coins and bullion, so you can feel more confident about choosing the one that’s right for you. Whether you’re looking to secure your financial future through commodities or you’re looking to expand your collection of valuable metals, Austin Rare Coins & Bullion is your trusted source!

     

     

    What Is Bullion?

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  2. The Rare Coin Certification Process

    The Rare Coin Certification Process

    At Austin Rare Coins & Bullions, our priority is always making sure that our customers feel informed about their purchases. One of the ways we do this is by offering an extensive collection of certified rare coins online. As a result, you can have a better picture of the condition, authenticity, and rarity of the coins you’re buying. Whether you plan on utilizing them as a short-term investment or a long-term part of your collection, let us walk you through what the certification process entails and means for our rare coins.

    Can Any Coin Be Certified?

    While almost any coin can be submitted to a certification service, there are several scenarios in which doing so would be fruitless o

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  3. SEATED LIBERTY DOLLAR HISTORY

    Seated Liberty Dollar History

    The Seated Liberty Dollar History is very interesting and fraught with many unexpected changes. First of all, the Seated Liberty was designed by its chief engraver, Christian Gobrecht.  At least the obverse side was. Curiously, Gobrecht' soaring eagle design was not used on the reverse. Instead, the heraldic eagle utilized on coins in 1807 was used. This meant the Seated Liberty Dollar was technically designed by two people. Gobrecht and the late Mint Chief Engraver John Reich.

    The Seated Liberty Dollar was struck by the United States Mint from 1840 to 1873. Another unexpected change was the addition of "In God We Trust". It wasn't the first coin to us this phrase,

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  4. Four Misconceptions About Rare Coins

    Four Misconceptions About Rare Coins

    When it comes to investing, you’ve probably heard the advice that you shouldn’t keep all your eggs in one basket. While cliché, this is actually a sound strategy for making sure you can benefit from upward trends in multiple markets and avoid drastic losses from a singular downturn.

    If you’re ready to start diversifying your investment portfolio, one of the best ways to do it is by expanding your strategy to include commodities like precious metals. At Austin Rare Coins & Bullion, we specialize in selling ancient coins, gold and silver bullion, and more, which can help you bolster your portfolio or even expand your collection! Today, our team is here to dispel four misconceptions surrounding rare coins, so you can have a better understanding of what you’re investing in.

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  5. Should You Invest in Ancient Coins?

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    If you’ve shopped with Austin Rare Coins & Bullion before, you’re likely well on your way to generating top-notch returns from precious metal investments. But what if you’re interested in the exceptionally rare? That’s where our ancient coins come in, which are an exciting opportunity for investors and collectors alike. In this blog, our team is going to share why acquiring ancient coins might be the right move for you, so read on and check out our store to begin!

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  6. GRECO-BACTRIAN KINGDOM

    GRECO-BACTRIAN KINGDOM

    Many ancient coin investors do not know very much about the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom founded in 256 BC. Who knew this Persian area was once as a Hellenistic-era Greek state? Surprisingly, known as the "land of a thousand golden cities". In fact, the capital Bactra was one of the largest and richest cities of the ancient world.

    This ancient kingdom covered what is today Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. It also covered parts of Iran and Pakistan. It is fair to say it covered most of the Indian subcontinent. Bactria covered the eastern most part of Alexander The Great's conquered territory.

    Gerneral Seleucus

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  7. Who Were The Thracians?

    Who Were The Thracians?

    When talking about groups of people in ancient times some people wonder "who were the Thracians?" It is curious that many don't know much about them even though they were an Indo-European people who dominated a large area of Eastern Europe. They inhabited what today is modern day Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece. In fact, they occupied this area for much of antiquity.

    We can find some of the earliest literary references of the Thracians from the Iliad. The epic poem of Homer referenced the Trojan War and King Rhesus who was a local Thracian ruler. The problem about Thracians is that they were divided between multiple tribes. They all had their own tribal identity and basically did things differently. Interestingly, The Thracians did not describe themselves by name. The term Thrace and Thracians were names given to them by the Greeks.

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  8. 4 Common Questions About Rare Coins

    4 Common Questions About Rare Coins

    If you’re new to the rare coin industry, you may have a few questions about rare coins and their values. At Austin Rare Coins, we’re here to help collectors, buyers, and sellers alike with their rare coins, and that also means providing valuable insight into the hobby, so we’ve collected four of the most common questions we get asked and their answers so you can get started with all the information you need!

    What Are Rare Coin Values?

    This question doesn’t always have a set answer, unfortunately. While there are certain coins that are well-known to be valuable, such as Buffalo Nickels, there are many coins that fluctuate in value. If you think you have a coin that’s rare and valuable, reach out

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  9. Thrace influenced by Greece?

    Thrace influenced by Greece?

    Was Thrace influenced by Greece & the Macedonian Empire? It is a fact, Thrace was conquered by Philip II, king of Macedonia. This occurred in the 4th century BC. Once Philip the II died Thrace became a part of the great kingdom of Alexander the Great. Following Alexander’s death, his empire was divided among his generals, who established independent kingdoms including Thrace.

     

    Lysimachus, who reigned from 323 to 281 BCE, was the general who succeeded Alexander as the ruler of Thrace. According to Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, Thrace was highly influenced by Greece and the Macedonian Empire's culture. But, were they?

    Yes, Thracian coinage gave homage to the once great leader of the Macedonian Empire. The Thracians under the leadership of Lysimachus used Alexander's portrait on the front of their coins. However, on the back

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  10. Thrace influenced by Greece?

    Thrace influenced by Greece?

    Was Thrace influenced by Greece & the Macedonian Empire? It is a fact, Thrace was conquered by Philip II, king of Macedonia. This occurred in the 4th century BC. Once Philip the II died Thrace became a part of the great kingdom of Alexander the Great. Following Alexander’s death, his empire was divided among his generals, who established independent kingdoms including Thrace.

    Lysimachus, who reigned from 323 to 281 BCE, was the general who succeeded Alexander as the ruler of Thrace. According to Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, Thrace was highly influenced by Greece and the Macedonian Empire's culture. But, were they?

    Yes, Thracian coinage gave homage to the once great leader of the Macedonian Empire. The Thracians under the leadership of Lysimachus used Alexander's portrait on the front of their coins. However, on the back "Lysimachus n

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