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Your Impression Of Mail Order Coin Dealers

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 Posted 03/29/2021  5:26 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Years ago when I lived in the Philly area, there were numerous local coin dealers with whom I had established a relationship and they could be trusted. Now I live in rural Delaware and the closest coin shop to me is a 30 mile drive one way. My other alternatives are Ebay, but I only purchase mint sealed or certified because the site is loaded with bogus raw coins, or a mail order such as Mount Vernon, etc... I recently made a nominal purchase from a place called Skyline Coins just to see what they had to offer. Glad it was only a small purchase because the 1892 Indian cent advertised as BU was actually a whizzed coin and the pair of '09 and '09vdb Lincolns were whizzed also. On another note I got 3 xf Indians that were problem free for $6.00 each. Now I know better than to deal with this outfit. I suppose this post is intended to warn others and also to see what reputable mail order outfits others recommend if any.
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 Posted 03/29/2021  5:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Andrew99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lots of us are on ebay and we don't pull that crap. Just find us and browse the store and then do the deals via IM.
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 Posted 03/29/2021  8:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've had good experiences from FUBA Coins. I like that for most of their items they have actual photos of the items you will receive and not just stock photos. Unfortunately they don't ship to Canada anymore due to changes in USPS rates.
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 Posted 03/29/2021  8:32 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most mail order stores are somewhat... undesirable. Meant more for Joe Bob than an actual collector. That said, I have ordered sight unseen before from dealers and been perfectly happy, just have to know who you're dealing with. Heck, I've sold to people on here sight unseen before. Not a peep of a complaint. Just know who you're dealing with and it's a non-issue.
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 Posted 03/29/2021  9:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've used several and been very happy. For coins I recommend Grape (above), and Allen's

http://www.allensinc.com/coins/us/index.htm

There a few more. I also use eBay but really only for slabbed coins and only as a 2nd or 3rd source. I would rather buy locally.
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 Posted 03/30/2021  01:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for your input and suggestions. I will check out the sites mentioned. I also wanted to relay that I have had a good experience with a place called Golden Eagle Coins in Maryland. I only ordered from them once (circulated coins) and each coin was correctly graded and problem free using photograde standards. They may be just a tad over priced however. On another note I had ordered a few times from Mount Vernon and have been disappointed. One was an 1892 Barber quarter advertised as BU that barely graded xf with hardly a trace of luster. I sent that back. And more recently a group of Silver Eagles that weren't as blemish free as I had expected, but since they were just for bullion I didn't complain. Sure would be nice to have a real coin shop close by!
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 Posted 03/30/2021  01:22 am  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Golden Eagle Coins


Great guys! Their team is good fun, when we meet up at shows we all grab lunch together at least once. 100% recommend them as well.

(Disclaimer: I work at a coin shop in MD and we do a lot of business with GE so I may be slightly biased)

Though I do genuinely like them
My best finds: 1999-WAM:http://goccf.com/t/332161 1988-RDV-6:http://goccf.com/t/335954#2873459 1986-Off-center: http://goccf.com/t/335952
1999 WAM #2:http://goccf.com/t/338710&whichpage=1
1981 Double Struck In Collar: http://goccf.com/t/350199&whichpage=1
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 Posted 03/30/2021  04:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Grape, that is an interesting avatar. Double struck, wrong denomination?
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 Posted 03/30/2021  04:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add PNWType to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To toss my opinion in the ring, I dont think I would ever buy from any mail order dealer. Buying sight unseen takes every bit of fun out of the hobby for me. Heck I even hate buying from Ebay because you just never know for certain from a few photos what you can tell in person in mere moments. I like to be there to buy something, and if thats not possible, I had better at least see it first
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 Posted 03/30/2021  08:22 am  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Grape, that is an interesting avatar. Double struck, wrong denomination?


Thanks! It is double stuck, though not on the wrong denomination.

The original thread about this coin can be found here: http://goccf.com/t/350199&whichpage=1
My best finds: 1999-WAM:http://goccf.com/t/332161 1988-RDV-6:http://goccf.com/t/335954#2873459 1986-Off-center: http://goccf.com/t/335952
1999 WAM #2:http://goccf.com/t/338710&whichpage=1
1981 Double Struck In Collar: http://goccf.com/t/350199&whichpage=1
ANA id: 3194067
My Type Set: https://www.NGCcoin.com/registry/co...sets/236574/
If you want to buy something or sell something or just talk, shoot me a PM!
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 Posted 03/30/2021  11:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mail order served me well in my early years when any coin shop beyond bicycling distance was too far away. Although I tried a handful of different mail order outfits, I have to admit Littleton was the biggest help to me back then.

My LCS choices have come and gone over the years, but coin shows have been my primary coin source since 1986. I started buying coins on eBay about four years ago and have had a great experience every time. I believe the reason for my success is buying from sellers with great photos and a large amount of positive feedback.
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 Posted 04/02/2021  3:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TerpFan95 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree about eBay. You just have to be very careful. If it's too good to be true, it is every time. A reputable seller will also be happy to provide additional information and additional pics if you ask. Also always pay attention to their history regarding number of items sold and check all negative feedback. Multiple complaints about overgrading or cleaned coins is a big warning sign. You'll figure out pretty quick who's good to deal with and who's not.
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 Posted 11/02/2021  1:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I've used several and been very happy. For coins I recommend Grape (above), and Allen's

http://www.allensinc.com/coins/us/index.htm


I found a couple of coins on the Allen's website I might be interested in, but none of these have any photos.
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 Posted 11/02/2021  3:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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...but none of these have any photos.
Yes, I noticed that. Reminds me of magazine ads from when I was a kid.
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 Posted 11/02/2021  6:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have had complete success with Frank Robinson and Bob Reis (not him recently). They are primarily dealers in world coins, and their descriptions and grading are excellent. Also, they have a good return policy. I think the descriptions and the return policy are the key to successful mail order. Frank Robinson is a bit eccentric.
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