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I'm Wading Through A Hoard Of US And World Coins That Began About 1905!

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 Posted 06/06/2021  11:50 pm Show Profile   Check daltonista's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add daltonista to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A dear friend asked me to advise her on how to deal with and/or dispose of a huge accumulation of coins she inherited from her older brother, who died 25-30 years ago. This accumulation was begun back about 1905 by their grandfather (when he was about 10 years old) and continued by their father and her brother well into the mid-1970's. All three generations grew up in comfortable circumstances in New England.

The three boxes I received yesterday weigh about 80 pounds in total and their contents cover all types of US and world material. So far, I've come across lots of Seated Liberty and Barber issues, plus plenty of Morgans, Walkers, and Standing Liberty. The oldest piece I've seen so far is an 1814 Capped Bust half dollar, but I haven't delved into the copper yet and nor have I tripped over any gold.

Representing the middle generation was my friend's dad, who served in WWII and traveled quite extensively during his postwar career, so that's where most of the world coins came from. It appears his son, who was born in the early 1940's focused on commemorative halves plus official products like proof and mint sets.

It's quite a mix! All three of these gentlemen started acquiring coins as young boys and, while they may have been sidetracked from time to time by other interests and obligations, they continued building upon what they'd inherited until they passed away.

You may have noticed I haven't used any form of the word "collect" in describing the task that lies ahead for me.
Here's why, and aside from the two sturdy leather sacks I haven't opened yet and those mint and proof sets, this is typical of the storage methods used for all that poundage!

Wish me luck!

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--- Dave "Snaker" Ray: 'It's All Right,' 1963
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 Posted 06/06/2021  11:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a fun task.
I know one way to dispose of it all, send it to me.

Steve :)
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 Posted 06/07/2021  12:55 am  Show Profile   Check daltonista's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add daltonista to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I know one way to dispose of it all, send it to me.


Steve, I'm afraid I'd have to melt all the silver to cover the postage on just the copper!

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 Posted 06/07/2021  01:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Steve, I'm afraid I'd have to melt all the silver to cover the postage on just the copper!


Yes, postage can be a killer. :)

Anyway, have fun.

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 Posted 06/07/2021  04:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Keep a reasonably recent Red Book handy.

That Old Spice is would have been deadly on my freshly shaven face! Sting unbearable. Some given to me as a present - used only once. Afraid to use any aftershave since.
Would still be good for coin tube storage for coins valued at less than $5 or so. but for me - not aftershave!
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 Posted 06/07/2021  04:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Seems like your in for a fun time. I am surprised that those containers are coin safe. I know no one asked, but I hate both of those brands of products.
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 Posted 06/07/2021  07:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Would love to have an opportunity to wade through a similar hoard. Have fun!
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 Posted 06/07/2021  09:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a hoard that we all dream of going through .

In Memory of Butch L.
and Jim U. rest in peace .
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 Posted 06/07/2021  09:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
We're all envious!
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 Posted 06/07/2021  10:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm on the edge of my seat...Keep us posted on what you find...
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 Posted 06/08/2021  03:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If these coins were pulled from pocket change starting in 1905 there could be some high-grade pieces. Be very careful when sorting the coins to avoid fingerprints and abrasions. Don't clean any of them!
Looking forward to seeing what you have.
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 Posted 06/08/2021  04:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Don't forget about errors and varieties also.
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 Posted 06/08/2021  07:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Don't forget about errors and varieties also.
John1

John really , with these potentially high value old coins in high circulated condition your concerned with errors & varieties ?

In Memory of Butch L.
and Jim U. rest in peace .
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 Posted 06/08/2021  07:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You bet
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 Posted 06/08/2021  07:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, Old Spice! My dad was an old spice guy, and I just might have stored coins in those old roll-on containers as a kid, before I learned they made coin tubes for that (as I recall they are perfect for halves).

Thanks for the memories! (and those circulated French coins from the 60s in the foreground can probably just be given away).
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