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 Posted 12/31/2012  1:03 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Normanity to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Im a novice and don't know where to start. They are on ebay so I cant get any diff pics.

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 Posted 12/31/2012  1:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bacchus2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The French 5 Francs - bottom right looks distinctly odd.

To be honest if you don't know what you are doing and can't be reasonably sure what you are buying is legitimate and reasonably priced, Ebay is the place to be badly burned. Yes there are some bargains (not that many) but there are a lot of problems there too. Local coin shows are a better place to find your feet in coin collecting. Sure there will be guys there who will happily overcharge you but if you are in a local coin club and you examine dealers wares in partnerships you'll be fine.
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 Posted 12/31/2012  2:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rooneydog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Normanity,

Judging by some of the other items sold by al****1 over the last couple of days, unless you are prepared to accept you may receive 6 copies (fakes, tokens, whatever) I would probably not bother. The Peace dollar, Trade dollar and mexico 8 Reales also on offer cannot surely be real but saying that I expect the Australian Crown is but I am no expert?

FYI the top right is meant to be this http://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces12866.html

Happy bidding!
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 Posted 12/31/2012  2:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add matthewvincent to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I recommend en.numista.com as well.
It is a trading place and not a retail site.
You need not even join to do research. Based in France, there are both an English and a French version.
They will advise if eBay has any of a particular coin currently for sale.
Lots of detail as to coin characteristics.

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 Posted 12/31/2012  6:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add biokemist6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Do you see the brown stains on the two lower right coins? That is most likely rust from the counterfeits being struck on steel planchets, always a bad sign
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