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Slabbed animal coins: what is out there?

 
 
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 Posted 10/08/2018  10:05 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Sharkman to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
My wife is absolutely nuts about animals. I have been buying her current or recent date slabbed world animal coins (most or all bullion). She loves them, and because I like to make my wife happy I want to surprise her with a new one as often as possible. Thus far, I have found Somalia Elephants, Chinese Pandas, Australian Koalas, 50 cent shark coins and a Salt Water Crocodile, and a Chad lioness, all in PCGS holders. Of course many of these issues change design annually, so there is a lot to get that is different just by assembling date sets.
While my wife would be pleased with a few different views of a koala, as she would get in a date set, what she really wants is one of each animal on Noah's Ark.
So, if anyone could steer me to potential new additions to look for for my wife's menagerie, I would be grateful.
I do want something that purports to be a real coin from a real country. No rounds or medals. Natural looking animals only, please no cartoons like those silly Australian Great White Shark coins. And finally, we have a strong preference for TPG slabbed coins. I have trouble fathoming why anyone would pay to slab a recent bullion coin, but there seem to be a ton of them out there. Since they are there, we find the slabbed coins to be preferable for storage, display and examination.and strongly prefer them to loose raw coins. I know that sounds a lot like the sin of buying a painting based on its size and where it will go in the house, but it is a sin I will gladly commit for the smile I will receive.
Thanks for any and all insights.
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 Posted 10/08/2018  10:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dorado to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Check this out:
(to have ideas)

http://goccf.com/t/307848
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10/08/2018 10:17 pm
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 Posted 10/08/2018  11:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I assume that in looking for exclusively slabbed coins, you are also wanting reasonably large coins struck in precious metal? If that isn't a requirement, it is possible to buy snap-close slabs, although finding a snug fit for world coins might be a challenge. Probably 75% of all world coins featuring animals are not worth slabbing, just because there is neither intrinsic value or any significant numismatic value, even at grades above 65.

One of my all-time favorite modern animal coins is the 1960s/70s Peruvian 1/2 and 1 Sol coins featuring a llama; they only cost a couple bucks even in high MS:

New Sale! Inexpensive classic Greek silver, over 2,400 years old!

http://goccf.com/t/323297
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 Posted 10/09/2018  12:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Check this auction. Never seen this set before, but it is a big name collectable, gold plated silver, nice investment, may get a lot of nookies for ya...
https://www.proxibid.com/Coins-Curr...Catalog=2245
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 Posted 10/09/2018  01:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Canada issued a number of the $5 silver with animal themes. Those should be readily available slabbed.
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 Posted 10/09/2018  08:30 am  Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Check out the "year of the ____" type coins.
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 Posted 10/09/2018  08:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The Manx Government issued a whole series of cat coins.
Any cat lovers out there?
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 Posted 10/09/2018  1:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A good starting point would be to go to eBay and search around such as wombat PCGS, tuna PCGS, turtle PCGS ect. You might be surprised at how many return results with that method
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 Posted 10/09/2018  3:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add X2an to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely don't forget the Norwegian set of 1958-1973!



These are cheap coins aswell. It's just that world coins are rarely slabbed, it's mostly a US (& Canada?) thing.
"Always assume the lowest in value for best possibilities"
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