Saxon coins, a form of Saxon culture, are extremely valuable and highly desired as a collector's item. Because of their rich historical significance, their composition of valuable metals, and their unique designs, they provide an ideal item for building a rich, fascinating collection. When deciding which coins to purchase, it is important to take into consideration a number of factors besides simply whether they are gold coins or silver coins, factors that influence both their appearance and value.
The design of Anglo-Saxon coins takes several distinct forms around which you may choose to build your collection. Each design is distinguished by specific images and styles. For instance, Roman style coins feature busts or emperors. The contemporary Continental style coins feature striking images of royalty, while Germanic style coins feature animals looking backward, standing people, and busts of people facing forward. As a result, if you choose to base your collection on a particular type of design, it should be fairly simple to look for coins that sport the distinctive images of each style.
Once you determine the type of coin you wish to collect, you should decide what quality of coin you are willing to accept. Because of their age, Anglo-Saxon coins come in a wide variety of conditions, from beautiful, well-preserved gems to uncleaned items, to broken pieces that may not much resemble the coin from which they originally came. The better preserved the coin, the more it will cost, but broken or damaged pieces can be appealing for a budget-strapped collection.
Just as with currency today, Anglo-Saxon coins come in numerous sizes and original values. For instance, you may find some for sale that are the equivalent of shillings and pennies. On the other hand, you can also find halfpennies, and pennies cut down to smaller values that possess less value than do the larger-sized items.
As with most collectors' items, the rarity of the coin will increase its value. In general, the larger the value of the coin, the rarer it was, meaning that the rarer larger-valued coins tend to be more valuable than the lower-valued, more common, coins. However, the rarity of the coin is determined not only by how many of them were originally in circulation, but also by other factors. For instance, coins produced under famous kings tend to be less rare and valuable than those produced under less-known rulers.
Finally, the age of the coin can affect its value. For instance, old coins possess more value than newer coins, and the more you will have to pay in order to obtain it. However, in general, collectors' choices and purchases, and the prices they pay, depend more upon design, rarity, and condition than upon the relative age.