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Foreign Coins From Each Country

 
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 Posted 01/25/2021  1:31 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add TheForce to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
So what are your thoughts on foreign coin lots on eBay? I decided I am going to start collecting 1 coin from each country in a size range of between a nickel and a small dollar size...denomination doesn't matter. This offer I saw 100 assorted coins for $20 and free ship. Is that a good value?
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 Posted 01/25/2021  1:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Silver Nickel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I recommend buyer bulk lots in the pound. $20 USD is WAY to much for 100 coins. You can usually find people selling them for $7 to $10 a pound. Just do a quick search online and you will be on your way.
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Russian Federation
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 Posted 01/25/2021  1:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slerk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In my opinion, coins that are sold in a bunch (especially in such a large number) have a very low cost and it is difficult to find coins in good condition (AU-UNC). So I would recommend looking for specific coins for your task.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  2:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Silver Nickel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Slerk I agree, but It depends what TheForce wants to collect. If he wants to just collect a coin for every country then that would be simple, but if he's looking for certain year and grades, that's when it gets expensive and difficult. I recommend choosing a year, for example 1960, and then collect a coin from each country of that year. It will look more professional and neat IMO
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 Posted 01/25/2021  3:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I say no. Every time I've seen those almost all coins were worn to the point of garbage.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  3:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would wait for the next time you feel safe to go to a coin show where you can rummage through the numerous "bulk boxes" available.

This may cost more than a "by the pound" offering, but you will enjoy a hunt while only buying the coins you want.
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Canada
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 Posted 01/25/2021  5:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Silver Nickel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bulk bins are always fun, you can always find things for great deals. If you want to start now maybe try boardwalknumismatics.com, they sell great coins but they are rather pricey.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  6:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I only buy foreign coins from every country from the date 1962.. So bulk buying for me wouldn't work. But I do get to pick and choose what I want.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  7:01 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you're not necessarily looking for uncirculated coins or specific years, then bulk lots can get you a decent way into your project. $20 is too much for 100 coins, though, in my opinion. I think somewhere around $0.10 per coin is okay.

You will probably end up getting a lot of duplicates of certain types, like demonetized 20th-century francs and lira.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  8:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Blind Squirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When my father was alive, and making the coin shows, he would put together bags of 100 coins from 100 countries. Not sure if he sold them or gave them to kids to get them started collecting. Since most foreign coins weren't overly expensive, and I traveled around the world for 30 years picking up this and that, he was able put together respectable bags without much effort. The high grade coins went into 2x2s and have passed to me. They will go to my son after my addiction wains. The collection stands at a little over 3500 coins, so it can be truly a fun and inexpensive history lesson. BTW, I really didn't like history classes in school. Coins make everything better.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  9:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with all the cautions above, and I like what @justcarl and @jbuck had to say. .

The foreign coin bin at my LCS is 20 cents/coin, same as your offer of $20 for 100 coins, BUT I GET TO SELECT WHAT I WANT! thereby avoiding all those duplicate francs, lire, pfennigs, drachmas, etc.

They were still open until quite recently when some employees needed to quarantine, and they no longer had enough staff to run the store in normal mode.

$20 is not a large investment, so you might give it a shot anyhow and see how it goes. But don't set your expectations high (i.e. given duplicate countries, you might wind up paying $0.50 to 1.00 per country). And you could probably get a lot of your countries from CCF members!

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 Posted 01/25/2021  9:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TheForce to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks all. I'm not necessarily going for UNC but decent circulated. What I have so far are different dates and coins from my roll searches and CoinStar reject tray grabs.
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Russian Federation
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 Posted 01/26/2021  01:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slerk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
tdziemia, I agree with you. We really want to do a coin collection from forum members. This would be a great activity for the participants.
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 Posted 01/27/2021  6:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Might check out this listing (I have no affiliation with the seller)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Great-Worl...AOSwYbZdCpaU

5 pound bulk lots with most of the Canadian and Mexican pulled out. $43.00 with free shipping that's $8.60 a pound.
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