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 Posted 02/28/2020  08:04 am Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Over the last few days the Canadian Dollar has started its inevitable slide in
relation to the US Dollar . The reasons are many , a deteriorating Canadian economy and the inability to get any projects built , along with the Covid19
scare are a few.
Canadians just cannot compete with Americans when it comes to buying
our own numismatic treasures !
For sellers like myself this is great as we get to ship south and get paid in USD. For buyers in Canada , not much fun !
Edited by Pacificoin
02/28/2020 08:37 am
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 Posted 02/28/2020  08:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've been picking up Large Cents and the prices are really good. My LCS has a small batch that he has had for decades, few people in the US buy canadian cents.
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 Posted 02/28/2020  08:19 am  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Few people buy Canadian coins in the USA ?
That my friend is where most of the best stuff ends up !
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 Posted 02/28/2020  08:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
But Jack, someday I will want to sell. I will need the exchange rate to swing back the other way.
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 Posted 02/28/2020  08:36 am  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Rob , Hopefully you and I will see that one day , but we should not hold our breath!
You should consider this a wonderful buying opportunity !
I sure am ! I love my American "cousins " right now .
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 Posted 02/28/2020  08:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
With all sincerity, it has been a great buying opportunity. I starting collecting one cent specimens about a decade ago. Over past year, not only did Cornerstone and Cook come to market, but the exchange rate stayed above $1.30. In a perfect world, in about ten years the exchange rate swings back the other way, I sell and do well, and these national treasures return to Canada where they really belong.
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 Posted 02/28/2020  1:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add okiecoiner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bosox ... please please don't wish the exchange rate to get back the way it was 10 or so years ago. My military pension is in US$$ and I live up here. It's the only way that I can afford the Canadian taxes and prices. I love the 1.33 exchange right now, and wish it was back to $1.50 like it was when I retired and moved up here.
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 Posted 02/28/2020  6:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Everest to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When I was travelling to Canada (Ont.) to attend Torex/Cna auctions during the 90's and early 2000's not
only was the exchange rate in my favor but I was exempt from paying GST & PST. Needless to say it was
a huge advantage.
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02/28/2020 6:57 pm
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 Posted 03/02/2020  7:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1cent to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
On my rather average wages, I was able to put together a fairly impressive set of coins that contained some real rarities/top 10 coins over the years.
A person of average income should not be able to do that, our coins are vastly under priced when you look at it that way.

A $10,000 price tag for one of the best coins known is chump change for many American collectors, especially when they are getting an exchange rate discount.
Even something like a 1921 50c is reasonably priced compared to what an American coin of that rarity would demand.
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 Posted 03/02/2020  7:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Few people buy Canadian coins in the USA ?
That my friend is where most of the best stuff ends up !


Not saying that residents of USA aren't buying Canadian coins but they don't buy as many as US coins. My LCS has Canadian coins that are decades in a flip and no one purchased it.
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 Posted 03/03/2020  02:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Everest to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
People will naturally collect coins of their homeland but Pacificoin clearly stated that he was speaking
of Canadian treasures (the best stuff).
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 Posted 03/04/2020  08:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add doubleeagle59 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good quality, rare date coins will always sell.

But let's not get carried away.

There's no Canadian coin 'gold rush' going on in the States (or any where else, for that matter).

Also, the Canadian dollar has slipped from 1.31 to 1.33 in relation to the US dollar.

I wouldn't call that a 'slide' just yet.
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 Posted 03/04/2020  11:37 am  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1.3453 right now and as a buyer you will pay nearly 1.37/
No way CANADIANS can compete with an American buyer .
Especially when they pay NO TAX or duties. On numismatic coins .
Canadians pay anywhere from 5 to 15 per cent more in GST HST
Provincial Taxes . Plus exorbitant shipping costs from Canada Post .
No wonder 80 per cent of our sales are south !
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 Posted 03/04/2020  12:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with Pacificoin's comments. It was great that the 1911 dollar stayed in Canada, but just closely watching Cornerstone and being at the Cook sale, I saw maybe $400K-$500K of the very finest Canadian coins move south. I also sat in the auction room and watched lots of the Landon stuff be bought by American buyers. I feel certain there is quite a bit more expensive stuff leaving the north that I do not know about.
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03/04/2020 12:41 pm
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 Posted 03/05/2020  06:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add doubleeagle59 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bosox......true, I agree with your comments.

But I reason that it is more because the Canadian big time buyers are completely gone, rather than a surge of US big time buyers.
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 Posted 03/05/2020  11:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I guess it depends on what you consider big-time. I saw four or five Canadian collectors at the Cook sale drop quite a bit of money. Same with Landon. The Canadian dealers even more at both sales.

I agree that, other than Lantern, I know of nobody who is trying to put together a complete, high-grade Canadian decimal set, like Canadiana or Belzberg. I do know of several Canadians (and Americans) putting together very high-grade collections of individual series or small groups of series. They are out there, but usually pretty quiet about it.
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