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 Posted 02/18/2019  7:14 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Sagegirl to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a bag of foreign coins that I am having trouble identifying. Is there an internet guide or a book I should get.

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 Posted 02/18/2019  8:17 pm  Show Profile   Check ryurazu's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ryurazu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Krause world coin catalog, I think is the main world catalog, or you can try NGC Site, or Numista Site, or you can post them here and let others find out what they are for you. It up to you what you go for, Good luck in finding them. :)
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 Posted 02/18/2019  8:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sagegirl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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you can post them here and let others find out what they are for you.


I will do that as the last resort, I need to figure these out myself so I can learn more about them.
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 Posted 02/19/2019  12:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rayder to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I asked some questions here and then ended up buys the Krause Standard Catalog of world coins. I'll probably still have questions but at least I can do the basics for myself.
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 Posted 02/19/2019  05:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
( I'm no pro, it's just my humble opinion )
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 Posted 02/19/2019  07:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add scopru to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like the Krause world coins books. The online sites are also very useful if you do not want to purchase the books.
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 Posted 02/28/2019  7:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sagegirl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the Info... I went to a used book site I use and picked up the Krause books, none of these coins are newer than 2008 and I am not interested in value right now, so the used books will work just fine for me. Besides I got both books for less than a 1922-D wheat in VG condition. I will use John1's suggestion for online IDing but I figured what the heck, it wouldn't hurt to have the books on hand....
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 Posted 03/06/2019  7:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sagegirl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Catalogs arrived today, both are in excellent condition. Both are from library's. The 1901 to 2000 is the 2017 release, the 2001 to date is the 2015 release. Once again guys, thanks for the recommendation. Once I am done moving snow this weekend, I know what I'll be doing...
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 Posted 03/20/2019  10:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Numista is my personal favorite go-to, provided you can figure out which country the coin is from. NGC is nice in that it has price info, bit IMO the interface is too cumbersome to use for mass-identification.

Your typical bucket o' coins won't have more than 50-75 different countries in it, the vast majority of which should be inscribed in Latin alphabet - type exactly what you see on the coin and Google will lead you right. You'll soon get the hang of identifying almost everything at least by country.
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 Posted 03/20/2019  1:37 pm  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Numista is my personal favorite go-to, provided you can figure out which country the coin is from


Country of origin not needed for numista, the advanced search needs only 2 or 3 details (more is obviously better) to narrow the field substantially.

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 Posted 03/20/2019  8:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another helpful tool is Google - simply type in some text which you see on the coin, and it should tell you where it's from. Even if the script isn't using the Latin alphabet, if you "get close", Google should still be of help - you wouldn't be the first person to read the denomination on a Greek coin as "APAXMAI", for example, even if the actual Greek lettering is "drachmai".

Doesn't help with East Asian coins, of course, though with those, you've really only got a few options to search (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan). Arabic-speaking countries usually have the name in either English or French as well as Arabic, again with just a few exceptions I can think of (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran)

If you go for the physical book Krause catalogue (either buying a copy or borrowing from a local library), you should find a handy "instant identifier" reference table in the front pages which shows pictures of many symbols that appear on non-English-language coins, so you can easily match the pictures with the symbols you see on your coins.
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