Do you remember how you started collecting coins? Although I started out like many kids, collecting coins from pocket change, I first discovered ancient Roman coins in 1997 when I was 29 years old and on vacation in Italy with my mom and sister. While in Rome, I stopped in Roma Numismatica and was stunned to learn you could own ancient coins. I bought my first Roman coin, an antoninianus of Gordian III with Sol on the reverse, for $44.44. I still have the coin to this day and likely always will. That Roman coin led me on a journey to find out all about ancient coins when I returned to the States and only two years, and thousands of coins later, I ended up starting Beast Coins in 1999. After development and beta testing with Bill Puetz for two years, the new VCoins.com was ready to debut in 2002 and I was happy to be one of the 28 charter dealers to get off the ground what has grown to be one of the premier websites for ancient coins on the Internet.
If you are just getting started in collecting ancients, Roman coins is a great and inexpensive place to start, and will keep you very busy learning all about the basics. As you continue to collect, you will likely find some topics which interest you more, as I did with Late Roman Bronzes, and you may even become a scholar in your collecting field.
Here are some suggestions to help you get started with collecting Roman coins, and above everything take the time to enjoy and learn.