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 Posted 09/04/2008  10:15 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Michelle K to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

If I were to trade with someone on the west coast (of US) for Denver mints in exchange for P mints, what would be the easiest, least expensive way to send them? These would be coins found in circulation and not necessarily valuable.

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 Posted 09/04/2008  10:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add KurtS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The US Postal has flat-rate boxes which are a pretty economical way to ship large amounts of coin.
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 Posted 09/04/2008  10:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Michelle K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Would I need a box if only sending 5-6 coins? Should I put them in some kind of plastic or wrap them in something?
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 Posted 09/04/2008  10:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add daviscfad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

I use padded envelopes and mail usps first class seems to be the cheapest
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 Posted 09/05/2008  12:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wwhitman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Make sure that the coins do not bump against each other. Dings are 'not a good thing'
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 Posted 09/05/2008  01:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add coindexter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wait until I finish my box of cheez-it. And mail them in it. LOL LOL LOL
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 Posted 09/05/2008  06:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add muckeye to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wrap in tissue and put in a CD mailer.
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 Posted 09/05/2008  3:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add penny pincher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have not sent any off, but have received enough from eBay to know what has worked for me.

First: a padded mailer is a must and will keep the coins in and not falling out, NEVER use a simple envelope.

Second: separate the coins (even if they are commons) with either tissue paper, 2x2's or bubble wrap.

Third: NEVER place tape or glue directly to the coin.

Forth: If cost is the main issue, then build up a larger amount of coins before sending them off. My guess is that this is a way for two of you to get modern coins for face value instead of paying a premium somewhere. If so, then a few extra weeks to build a small stash should not matter.

Fifth: If they are not cheap, common coins then get the insurance. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

I like the idea you have and was wondering about doing something similar so please keep us informed and maybe I will join in on the trading.
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 Posted 09/05/2008  4:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add KurtS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
with other's advice, except perhaps the cheez-it box, lol.
I once wrote a brief article on packing a coin that's worked well for me.
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 Posted 09/05/2008  4:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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NEVER place tape or glue directly to the coin.


I fully agree. I've received a coin taped like that to a piece of cardboard. It had to lie in a glass of water for quite some time before the remains of the tape got unsticked.

An addition: make sure that when people are handling the package; the coins are not heard.
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 Posted 09/05/2008  4:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kena to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree that the coins should not be heard but what do you then do when the post office asks you to complete the customs forms?

I know to state that the item is a gift but what do you put for the description?

So far knock wood, I have had no problems with sending coins back and forth between England and the US.
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 Posted 09/05/2008  5:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add daviscfad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i would say put numismatic items! or something to that effect
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hobby supplies, numismatic collectibles, specie, or my personal favorite- precision engineered metal stampings
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 Posted 09/05/2008  9:30 pm  Show Profile Check vermontensium's eBay Listings Check vermontensium's eCrater Listings Bookmark this reply Add vermontensium to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm with daviscfad. For the more inexpensive coins(under $50), I like USPS first class in a small padded envelope. When I'm sending more expensive coins, I will still use USPS but, send insured for the proper amount and put those coins in a more rigid type envelope like a CD mailer, then put it in a padded envelope. I think overkill is good on the more expensive coins. I also like the cardboard secure foldovers with the sticky stuff you peel apart to get coin inside the padded envelopes.
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Quote-precision engineered metal stampings

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 Posted 09/06/2008  2:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mila_cent to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When mailing a handful of coins first I
1. vacuum seal coins in a bag, already measured for the envelope to be used - using a FoodSaver machine, this way the coins don't jingle or move around while in transit.
2. fitted in a bubbled padded envelope or box (depending on the weight) - not too lager or too small for the sealed bag. I prefer the Poly Bubble envelopes because they are tear resistant and waterproof, especially when mailing out of the US.

There has been times I have received coins and other things in one of those padded yellow/brown envelopes and found holes or cuts and was sure glad the contents were intact. But to play it safe I go with the Poly Bubble Mailers.

When mailing one or two coins I put them in a flip or 2x2 if available or vacuum seal them long enough to fit in a #10 envelope.

I have collected from the PO those Priority Mail envelopes and cut them up to the size of the envelope I'm going to use as a "padded" protection.

For banknotes I do the same. If I don't have sleeves I put them in reg envelope and cut up those Priority Mail envelopes to the size of the envelope being used then put those in the addressed envelope. Just as I did for the prizes I just mailed out Wed. So they were well protected.

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