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 Posted 05/20/2019  8:35 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hard to know where to post this but...

I got my Uncirculated sets in today's mail and both boxes had ant infestations! They had obviously been in there for a while because there was fecal matter and eggs (suggesting a queen?) in all parts of the packages, in the coin holder, inside the "special envelopes", etc.

Did anyone else experience this? Left for a funeral yesterday morning and came home to find this tonight. [just a little ticked off].
- About two score and seven+ years ago, I began a Lincoln cent collection. I have all, most in AU or better & am upgrading to MS as possible.
- I collect all coins minted 1809, 1859, 1909, 1959, and 2009. Lincoln and C.Darwin were both born in 1809. The latter published his "On the Origin of Species.." in 1859, the Lincoln cent debuted in 1909, and after that it just seemed like a good way to show the evolution of US coinage. Most non-nums to whom I've shown these react with the phrase, "I had no idea!" That alone shows their worth.
- I've completed MS sets of Jeffersons & MS specimens of other 5 nickels; Franklins done. Roosies mostly done. I enjoy hunting for WLH and "winged liberty" dimes.
-- If I left my early Washington quarter book at one of y'alls house, please ring me up.
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 Posted 05/20/2019  8:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well!

Can you show us some pics?
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 Posted 05/20/2019  8:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yuck! Hopefully the seller takes refunds. I agree with the frog though that a couple pics would be satisfying in a driving past an accident sorta way.
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 Posted 05/20/2019  8:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I took some cell phone pics but frankly it's been a long couple days and I'm exhausted. With my spine problems any car ride is a nightmare and I've just done six hours, so pics tomorrow if I can move. Just wanted to get this out there and see how many of these biting little buggers have hitched around the country. Don't these come through Memphis?
- About two score and seven+ years ago, I began a Lincoln cent collection. I have all, most in AU or better & am upgrading to MS as possible.
- I collect all coins minted 1809, 1859, 1909, 1959, and 2009. Lincoln and C.Darwin were both born in 1809. The latter published his "On the Origin of Species.." in 1859, the Lincoln cent debuted in 1909, and after that it just seemed like a good way to show the evolution of US coinage. Most non-nums to whom I've shown these react with the phrase, "I had no idea!" That alone shows their worth.
- I've completed MS sets of Jeffersons & MS specimens of other 5 nickels; Franklins done. Roosies mostly done. I enjoy hunting for WLH and "winged liberty" dimes.
-- If I left my early Washington quarter book at one of y'alls house, please ring me up.
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 Posted 05/20/2019  8:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This was a US Mint shipment and I had to spray all the packaging down with pesticide to minimize risk of an invasive species getting into our yard. Don't know the species or where they came from. Watch your boxes as they arrive.

Seriously, I'm knackered. I'll get the gory pics up in the morning. Wanted to get a warning out tonight, though. The Mint will get my call tomorrow as well.

- About two score and seven+ years ago, I began a Lincoln cent collection. I have all, most in AU or better & am upgrading to MS as possible.
- I collect all coins minted 1809, 1859, 1909, 1959, and 2009. Lincoln and C.Darwin were both born in 1809. The latter published his "On the Origin of Species.." in 1859, the Lincoln cent debuted in 1909, and after that it just seemed like a good way to show the evolution of US coinage. Most non-nums to whom I've shown these react with the phrase, "I had no idea!" That alone shows their worth.
- I've completed MS sets of Jeffersons & MS specimens of other 5 nickels; Franklins done. Roosies mostly done. I enjoy hunting for WLH and "winged liberty" dimes.
-- If I left my early Washington quarter book at one of y'alls house, please ring me up.
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05/20/2019 8:49 pm
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 Posted 05/20/2019  8:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add KenKat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, that's got to be one of the stranger stories I've heard. I got my set today and it was ant free.
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 Posted 05/20/2019  8:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Whatever you sprayed in there may have contaminated the coins since if the holders aren't bug tight, they obviously won't protect against the spray.
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 Posted 05/20/2019  8:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What a nightmare. Never heard of anything like this.
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 Posted 05/20/2019  8:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Andy Herkimer to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Crazy, mine are due Wednesday so I will be sure to handle with caution. Thanks for the warning!
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 Posted 05/20/2019  9:07 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm betting this happened after the coins left the mint? Unless the package was completely sealed plastic and all possible openings were taped over.
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 Posted 05/20/2019  9:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Okay, one quick one. This is just what was in the bottom of the box while my wife was trying to get the critters out of the coin boxes. There were four sets in two different packages. Photos were an afterthought: when we opened the first one we quickly took them outside and started stipping off the packaging to get the plastic holders out. This shows a few dozen but there were thousands. My bet is the central shipping area. My wife said there was something sticky on the boxes but I think it is just that industrial adhesive they use to close the shipping boxes. Some are in the house, now. Oh, joy!



- About two score and seven+ years ago, I began a Lincoln cent collection. I have all, most in AU or better & am upgrading to MS as possible.
- I collect all coins minted 1809, 1859, 1909, 1959, and 2009. Lincoln and C.Darwin were both born in 1809. The latter published his "On the Origin of Species.." in 1859, the Lincoln cent debuted in 1909, and after that it just seemed like a good way to show the evolution of US coinage. Most non-nums to whom I've shown these react with the phrase, "I had no idea!" That alone shows their worth.
- I've completed MS sets of Jeffersons & MS specimens of other 5 nickels; Franklins done. Roosies mostly done. I enjoy hunting for WLH and "winged liberty" dimes.
-- If I left my early Washington quarter book at one of y'alls house, please ring me up.
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05/20/2019 9:20 pm
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 Posted 05/20/2019  10:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add acloco to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
unreal!!

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 Posted 05/20/2019  10:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Astounding.
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 Posted 05/21/2019  12:41 am  Show Profile   Check Errers and Varietys's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Errers and Varietys to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yuck! That's so gross!
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 Posted 05/21/2019  01:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some of those ants that are in MS++ condition may be worth a little more.
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 Posted 05/21/2019  02:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Sorry for that mess @Bieder, and I hope the ants don't get established.
Real numismatic horror story.
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