Who are we? What are our policies and guarantees?
We were one of the first web only ancient coin dealers on the Internet and have been in
business since 1996 offering value priced ancient coins and antiquities.
Originally, there were 2 principals, John Darling on the west coast and Kevin Barry on the
east. Several years ago John left the business for time and family reasons, leaving Kevin
to run the show alone. Since the business was already established as 'Barry & Darling' he
decided to continue under that name rather than restarting the web site under a new one name.
Kevin purchased his first ancient coin in 1978 (an Alexandrian bronze of Probus which he still has)
and has been quietly involved in the hobby ever since. His interests include ancient counterfeits
(he recently put together a 12 fourree Caesar collection...which is not as easy as it sounds) and
In 1999 he founded the Moneta-L
email list which has become one of the most successful discussion group on ancient coins on the Internet
with over 2,500 members. He is also the co-owner of the ACM
(Ancient Coin Marketplace) mailing list with over 1,900 members.
Kevin was also the co-author of a monthly column for over a decade, on ancient coins and the Internet that
appeared in The Celator magazine.
His co-author was Zachary 'Beast' Beasley owner of Beast Coins,
an excellent and very knowledgable ancient coin dealer. They were the recipients of the Numismatic Literary
Guild best column for 2005.
Post Office Box 614
Pt. Pleasant, NJ 08742
Kevin at Bitsofhistory.com