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Questions From Rookie Who Wants To Sell Recently Obtained Collection

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 Posted 09/08/2016  09:35 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add thewaterdog to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi. I hope all are doing well. I am brand spanking new to this. I obtained a coin "collection" as a result of a legal settlement and I don't know what to do with these coins. They are from all over the world (mostly Canada, Panama, Russia, Bahamas, etc.) and some are from the U.S. I want to sell them to help support my stepdaughter's college education costs, but I am really struggling to understand how to sell them. I took them to a local coin shop and the guy told me that most are pretty common and best option is to sell for MV (because silver content is high). However, I can't find ANYONE who will help me actually do that. I've emailed and called a lot of folks off the www, but people don't even respond. I'm befuddled and would appreciate any insight. Thanks!
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 Posted 09/08/2016  09:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF. Can you post a list and some photos? Someone here can give you an idea of value. You will most likely sell on eBay or maybe Craigslist. Any high value coins should go to an auction house and maybe even sent to be professionally graded/slabbed.
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 Posted 09/08/2016  10:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thewaterdog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the welcome! I have the coins in an Excel file list, but I am not sure how to include. I will figure that out and post. I will also figure out how to post a few pics. In my uneducated state, I believe I have a lot of coins, but it's likely not considered to be a lot by veterans on this forum. Many of the coins are "commemorative" coins made by the Franklin Mint and similar. They are in individual boxes (one coin or sets) and have "COA" sheets with them. None of them (I don't believe) have been professionally graded. I'll try to figure out list and pic posting process soon. Thanks again.
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 Posted 09/08/2016  10:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thewaterdog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can't figure out how to upload the list (document file). For now, here is an example of some of the coins:

BAHAMAS
1974 $5 via Franklin Mint
1975 $5 via Franklin Mint

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
1973 - 1980 = 6 and 7 coin sets via Franklin Mint

CANADA
1978 - 1986 = 6 and 7 coin sets via Royal Canadian Mint
Many individual year Regina silver dollars
1976 Olympic commemorative series 1-7 (28 coins)

JAMAICA
1978 $25 25th anniversary of the coronation of Elizabeth II
1979 $25 10th anniversary of investiture of Prince Charles
1981 $25 royal wedding

PANAMA
Many coins 1974 - 1983 $20 balboa and sets
1983 $20 gold balboa coin

RUSSIA
Many individual coins
1980 Olympic 28-coin set

There are many others. I just don't know what to do with these coins. Apologize for length of post. Thanks for any help.
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 Posted 09/08/2016  10:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mister Kairu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some of those I know will basically go for around spot price of silver (Bahamas, Canada, and Panama sets at least I know) but still even if that is the case you seem to have quite a bit of silver there.. I am not sure about the Jamaica, Virgin Islands, or Russian stuff but spot price seems likely based on the other stuff. eBay is a good place to sell it and also I heard there may be a "eBay Store Special" where for 3 months getting a store is $5 so you can save on the final value fees as long as these aren't listed in the Bullion category. Good luck and if there is more feel free to post it and people can give their input! :)
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 Posted 09/08/2016  11:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thewaterdog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Mister Kairu! I was hoping that I could find a local coin dealer or similar who would basically broker a deal for melt value, but I've totally struck out so far. I am concerned about selling on eBay or similar because I've never done that before and I honestly don't know if I have the time to respond to all of the (potential) individual sales, shipping, etc. I am not lazy, it's just that I am unsure about what to expect in terms of the time requirement and my potential inability to keep up with it all. I'd be plenty willing to get MV (instead of eBay re-sale/collector's value), but I just can't figure out how to actually do that. I also have the following:

10-coin sets of USSR coins via Leningrad Mint (years 1974 - 1980)
6-coin set of 1980 Singapore coins
7-coin sets from Cook Islands (years 1975, 1977 & 1979)
1978 Captain Cook Commemorative coin from Hawaiian Mint
8/9-coin sets from Panama (years 1977 - 1983)
Many "proof" and "uncirculated" sets from US Mint


MANY thanks
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 Posted 09/08/2016  11:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mister Kairu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In that case with the limited time (I know what you mean it is not being lazy but keeping up with eBay sales takes a lot of work!) it may just be easiest to go to an LCS and take the % of melt they offer. For example my dealer would offer me the melt value minus 5% since he knows at least at his shop they would just go into a world melt bucket since it appears many of your coins are just silver commemoratives. So if you had $600 melt value you would probably get 80-90% of that. Also with eBay they would already take out at least 10% in fees so in your situation it may just be better to take it to a dealer and get that price and be done with it. But of course double check around the eBay "recently sold" listings for your things to see if you have anything worth more than melt and that stuff you could possibly sell separately. If you do figure out how to get the list up on here you could also stick around the forum and learn some things and after a while you could always try selling stuff to some members here. Good luck to you with whatever you decide! :)
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 Posted 09/08/2016  11:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mister Kairu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Also just an FYI if you are curious about a coin's melt value you could always look them up on numista.com and search for them there at the bottom it shows what the current melt value would be for a particular coin.
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 Posted 09/08/2016  11:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thewaterdog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very very helpful, thank you!
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 Posted 09/08/2016  12:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jerseyben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You are saying that no LCS is willing to offer to broker a deal to sell your coins for melt value? Well, that is because that is not how the coin market works. You are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole AND reinvent the wheel.

If you have zero knowledge of the coin market and want the best return on the liquidation of your coins, your best bet is between 2 options:
1. Sell them yourself on eBay
2. Sell them yourself at a local coin club auction

If you don;t want to sell them yourself, then shop around at a few LCS and take the best offer you receive. It's really that simple.
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 Posted 09/08/2016  12:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thewaterdog,
Most of the Franklin Mint stuff has little to no interest to collectors on the secondary market so melt is what you will most likely get. If you don't need the money right now hold on to the coins until silver value goes up or you need to sell.
John1
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 Posted 09/08/2016  5:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Try a different LCS. Mine will buy any kind of odd silver for melt value (old sterling teapots, Israel commems, common foreign silver, you name it). This should be a relatively painless and simple process.
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 Posted 09/09/2016  08:47 am  Show Profile   Check alganbagerap's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add alganbagerap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Are the Jamaica coins in boxes? If so, they're worth a bit more than melt.
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 Posted 09/09/2016  11:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thewaterdog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Coinfrog: I also thought it would be painless (especially in a big city like Houston), but it's been very difficult. I've talked with probably 8 LCS and none have made offers. Nice folks and all of that, but no movement. Thanks!

Alganbagerap: Yes, they are in boxes with little "COA" cards/sheets. I see some listings where others are trying to sell them on eBay, but a friend of mine told me a) those are on there all of the time and aren't really selling and b) most potential buyers will not buy from someone (like me) without a good selling record. I don't have any track record of selling stuff on eBay, so my friend believes people will strongly hesitate to buy something like coins -- where some trust issues exist. Thanks!
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 Posted 09/09/2016  6:00 pm  Show Profile   Check beem's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add beem to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You could consider selling to a company like APMEX.com. I've heard good things about their purchasing.
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 Posted 09/09/2016  6:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
waterdog - Just amazed. I sold 34 Israeli silver commems two weeks ago at melt without any discussion - just an everyday transaction at this LCS.
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