I was having a conversation with a friend recently about returning change to a customer for a cash purchase, and we got curious about the methods, and their rationale, for handling a mix of bills and coins. Help me understand this territory! [more inside]
I live in the US and would like to obtain 30-50 Turkish lira coins as part of a gift, especially the 1, 5 and 10s. I don't mind if they're from the current series or a little older. I'm looking on ebay and mostly seeing expensive collectibles (I expect to pay a premium on the exchange, but such a high one), and I'm guessing our local currency exchanges don't really keep them around. How can I get these coins? [more inside]
A person on FaceBook has pondered why self-service checkouts always return two 20p and one 10p coin (UK obviously) as opposed to a single 50P coin. Which led me to wonder - is there a general approach for choice of returned coins in programming coin-operated machines? Do you get rid of the lower-value shrapnel first? Or do you try to strike a balance somehow to ensure availability of most combinations of returned values?
I'd like to buy an ancient, byzantine or early middle ages gold coin as a gift for someone who likes ancient civilization and the idea of having a gold coin. Neither of us know anything about buying gold or coins or ancient things. I'd like advice on how to make this purchase without being taken for a ride. [more inside]
The state quarter sets are pretty cheap and boring, so is there something I'm not seeing that could provide a nice substitute? [more inside]
Hi, not sure where to go to ask for an id on an old coin I found, thanks to anyone that might know what Im looking at here. link 1 and link 2
After several decades of sucking up carcinogenic fumes, Mr. Thumbscrews quit smoking... yay! I'd like to present him with the smokers' equivalent of AA sobriety "chips" on his various "___ months without a cig" dates. My Google-fu is failing to produce anything. Any ideas, Hive? The ideal medallion would be cheap-ish, possibly funny, and definitely non-hokey (no soaring eagles or serenity prayers). Thanks!
Hi All, My mom is going to be 6 months sober. She loves her AA coins and I would like to find a treasury box or display for her- something like etsy- really cute. She just loves rhinestones/crystals and bling. What creative things have people done to store/display their AA coins or what is something really nice I can do to celebrate her AA anniversary? i am a grad student, so not a lot of moolah. Any nice mantras/meditations or sayings I can put in a "coping jar". She lost her house and her dad this year. it;s been real hard for her not to drink and I am always trying to help her with counter triggers- so something positive to do when she has a trigger.
Pursuant to cleaning out my parent's storage basement, I have been charged with finding the value of, and selling, a small collection of what appear to be antique coins and paper currency. Who is a good dealer to show this cache to? [more inside]
About 10 years ago I inherited my grandmas small fortune of paper and coin currency she amassed during the 70's and 80's while visiting nearly 100 world countries. The shoebox-collection contains maybe 200 coins and 100 paper notes, and some of them are really quite impressive! I've been lugging this box around for years and the time has come to finally part with it (sorry grandma). I'm not a coin collector and really don't know much about any of it, but with the help of a few books I researched a handful of coins and notes only to find out they're not worth diddly (<$1, if that). I have a feeling most of the collection is like this except for a few gold Rand coins and some notes that were previously appraised. Hivemind: what are some ways to liquidate my collection?
I am in Portland, OR. I have >$50 face value of Canadian coins. I need to get rid of them fast. (Obtained legally!) Hope me? Details after the cut. [more inside]
Of all coined currencies in histories, which in their day, or today (kinda two part question) were the most plentiful? Not used in transactions but just physically existed, minted minus lost.
Do WMATA (DC/Maryland SmartTrip-equipped) buses take half-dollar coins? [more inside]
My elderly father has spent all of his savings in recent months – around $200,000 – buying expensive coins. Most are gold, some are silver and platinum. Some are bullion; most are old and "rare." His collection was fun and interesting for a while, but now it has become a source of stress to him. He has no money left in the bank, and has decided he doesn’t want to keep the coins. It looks like Dad was skillfully played by slick sales reps, but I haven’t seen evidence yet that he has been defrauded. He has asked me to sell the coins for him. What’s the best way to sell a bunch of expensive coins? [more inside]
I know nothing about coins. These look valuable but I don't know what to do with them. [more inside]
Might anyone be able to suggest a good coin dealer in the Washington DC area? Looking to price out a variety of coins - a couple of gold coins, silver coins, random hodgepodge of probably worthless foreign coins, and inaugural coins & medals. Although a bit morbidly opportunist, would it be that much wiser to wait and sell a couple of Reagan/Bush and Carter commemorative coins (with all the Franklin Mint certifications) after Carter & Bush eventually pass away?
Readers of far eastern languages: what do these tokens say, and what country did they come from? [more inside]
A relative reently died and left me a bunch of gold coins. Some "real" coins (minted by governments) and a bunch of Franklin Mint specimens. I can find lots of plaecs that tell me the price if I can want to buy them, but nowhere to find out what they are worth to sell. Can someone recommend a reputable dealer in the Toronto area where I can take tham?
Can anyone recommend a decent coin dealer in the Boston area. I have a few Peace dollars I would like to sell. Nothing very valuable I know but would just like a quick easy transaction.
At some stores (the convenience store around the corner), the price I pay always comes out to a round(ish) number. Either ending in a 5 or a zero. So that the change I am given won't have any pennies in it. This is convenient for me and the person behind the register. At other stores, there seems to be little interest in getting those round prices. A purchase is just as likely to end in .68 as .50. Why does the consideration of coins influence the pricing of some stores and not others?
Please give me your groovy coin donation ideas. [more inside]
How long will it take me to feed a couple gallons worth of coins into a Coinstar machine? [more inside]
OK, I understand why the government keeps on making new bills, because they wear out. But why do they need to make new coins? No one would throw away a dirty old quarter, they don't disintegrate, they work fine in machines, etc. So why do we keep making new ones? Not referring to pennies, which I guess sort of disappear because people don't think they have much value. I don't know why we don't just get rid of them, but that's a different question.
Is there a way for me to estimate the total value of a certain weight of random mixed us coins? [more inside]
Looking for an inexpensive source of current foreign coins that can be purchased by the pound. These would be a gift for a coin obsessed grandson that would be more impressed with volume rather than quality.
At some older fast-food joints and other smaller businesses, there used to be a contraption filled with water that you could insert a coin into, and hope that it'd land on a small platform. If it did, you'd get something from the business, if it didn't, your coin would go towards some charitable cause (I think). Any more details/ideas on what this was called? [more inside]
I have a 1937 King George V1 Specimen Coin set. The 3d maundy coin is missing (my grandma lost it). Where can I find a replacement? I expect the answer will be to contact a dealer, but which one or ones are best suited for this?
What to do with a random collection of foreign coins? [more inside]
Is coin collecting a rational approach to investing in metals? Is coin collecting the funnest way to invest in metals? [more inside]
Please help me find an indestructible wallet [more inside]
Why is my dog obsessed with finding coins and putting them under her tongue for extended periods of time? [more inside]
Guys, where do you put your coins? I've tried wallets with a coin pocket; they made my wallet too bulky. I'd taken to using that little coin pocket that some pants have (just below the belt loop on the right); that was not bad, but my newest favourite pants don't have a pocket like that. Is there an easy way to hack a little pocket into an existing set of pants? Or a simple, non-bulky way to carry coins? Thanks.
How many pennies fit in a 1 lb coffee can? [more inside]
Help me identify this coin which has what appears to be Arabic script on it and probably dates to the first half of the 20th century. [more inside]
How should I handle types, varieties and errors in my coin collecting database? [more inside]
Looking for junk silver coins in or near Richmond Va or Front Royal Va. Willing to travel 35-45 miles from either location. Website recommendations welcome as well. Thanks!
KinderNumismaticsFilter: Bright kids, load of pennies--interested in sorting by date (and talking about history of that year), but how do you store 40+ piles of coins...?! [more inside]
what can I do/make with foreign coins and banknotes? [more inside]
I got this coin (tails, heads) in a restaurant in Paris and only later realized it was not a 2-euro coin. Does anyone know where it is from? Just curious. [more inside]
This morning we saw a sign at Grand Canyon about a female condor that died from zinc poisoning following the ingestion of too many coins (presumably, it had been looking for sources of calcium in order to produce harder eggshells). Dad immediately declared that the given cause of death is untrue, since zinc in coins is inert. Prove him wrong, hive mind! [more inside]
A coin a year, but the mint isn't sweet. [more inside]
How much is my silver coin worth? Should I wait to sell it? [more inside]
DensityFilter: What happens when you throw a nickel really fast at the fuselage of an F-16? [more inside]
What are some good looking world coins, the size of a US Nickel or smaller? It's for my pants. [more inside]
My 16-year-old son has about 40 rolls of wheat pennies given to him by his grandfather. What is the most efficient and cost effective way for him to cash these coins in?
How old were you when you learned who was on our most basic currency-- coins? When could you place them on the continuum of Presidents? [more inside]
Dear French Mefites: what do you do with all your pocket change? I'm about to move from Paris to London and I really don't want to leave the roughly 25 Euros in 1, 2 and 5 centime denominations to the next tenants. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good coin dealer in New York City? I have a bunch of old coins, I'm not sure whether any of them are worth anything, but they're cool anyway and I'd like advice on preservation. Also of course I'd want an appraisal on anything of value. I'm totally new to this, though, and don't know where good advice is to be found.
What's a really good looking copper coin? [more inside]
SquishFilter: What else, besides coins, could I safely place on some railroad tracks for a bit of silly fun? [more inside]
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