So lots of greek and roman coins are reasonably common and especially late era Roman Bronze coins are frequently available in "Very Fine" condition for $5-25.
$10ish for 1500-2000 year old coins seems absurd.
Like, I can think of way less worthwhile things to spend $10 on.
It's useless, but having a few thousand year old coins to keep, to copy, to give as gifts, that seems like a good use of a couple dozen bucks.
Someone asked (at least a little tongue in cheek) what the buying power of some of these old Roman coins would have been.
It's hard to say with any accuracy, but I found this article which gets in to some of the details: https://web.archive.org/web/20130210071801/http://dougsmith.ancients.info/worth.html
I'm mostly looking at coins from circa 300.
According to that article:
"By 305 AD a modius of wheat sold for between 2 and 10 nummi depending on location.
Around 320 AD we have a record of bread selling at Antioch for 2 nummi."
(A modius is 10 days of wheat, baked loaves were a luxury.)
It goes on to talk about prices for other goods, but basically by 320 or so, a Nummus was about a modern dollar.
Except, what even is a Nummus?
So, uhh, about a dollar? Unless it was a lot less? Except it might have also been more, and Roman people basically didn't buy any of the things we buy today, so apples to apples is impossible anyway.
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@ajroach42 you could compare a bottle of ketchup to a jug of that weird gross fish paste the Romans used. That's probably almost comparable between Roman and US culture
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