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Coin Roll Hunting Vs Purchasing

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 Posted 10/11/2020  03:41 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add malo2292 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey all,
Im new to coin collecting but not new to collecting, I've collected sport cards and casino related products.

Question #1. What is YOUR preference on how you collect? There are pros and cons to everything but what works best for you?

Thoughts. Roll Hunting seems to be the most exciting and closest to baseball cards when you buy a pack and hope to find a good one.

Also, just like cards you can pay a price for a certain card. And wouldn't you know it, you can also buy "lot" coins like cards. Obviously anyone that is selling "lots" I would expect them to have already been heavily combed through.

What is your technique and why?
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 Posted 10/11/2020  05:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to the CCF!

Roll hunting (bought for face value from banks) is good for modern circulating coins as long as you are not looking for high grade MS. Look at the roll hunting forums here to see what others have found with a lot of patience. Except for silver, you can eventually find almost all coins minted after about 1945, and if do search vast quantities you will eventually find all the silver too.

You are quite right that any "lots" sold (on ebay, for example) are almost certainly combed through. There are unlikely many "unsearched" rolls around, and as one dealer once said, he could only guarantee that he did not search them.
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 Posted 10/11/2020  07:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't do roll hunting, but
I do try to get an example at least of every denomination and design of every coin type issued into circulation from pocket change.
All obtained at face value.
When I have the patience and time, I will check for errors and varieties.

From my experience retail banks in Australia generally don't like coin roll hunters, and generally won't help them.
Hence my collecting strategy for circulating coins - it works out to be the same fun as collecting baseball cards; I have been doing this for more than 60 years, started as a kid.
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