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?
posted by mrrisotto
on Dec 9, 2013 -
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]
posted by pointystick
on Nov 9, 2013 -
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.
posted by Samineru
on Nov 3, 2013 -
Do WMATA (DC/Maryland SmartTrip-equipped) buses take half-dollar coins? [more inside]
posted by pavane
on Aug 18, 2013 -
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]
posted by spockmuppet
on Aug 13, 2013 -
I know nothing about coins. These look valuable but I don't know what to do with them. [more inside]
posted by sarling
on Jul 6, 2013 -
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?
posted by raztaj
on Mar 25, 2013 -
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?
posted by Pablo MacWilliams
on Oct 23, 2012 -
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.
posted by Athanasius
on Oct 1, 2012 -
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?
posted by Jagz-Mario
on Jul 30, 2012 -
How long will it take me to feed a couple gallons worth of coins into a Coinstar machine? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on May 14, 2012 -
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.
posted by mmf
on Feb 16, 2012 -
Is there a way for me to estimate the total value of a certain weight of random mixed us coins? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn
on Dec 15, 2011 -
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.
posted by Raybun
on Nov 30, 2011 -
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]
posted by Gori Girl
on Nov 10, 2011 -
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?
posted by misspony
on Nov 8, 2011 -
Is coin collecting a rational approach to investing in metals? Is coin collecting the funnest way to invest in metals? [more inside]
posted by GPF
on Aug 1, 2011 -
Why is my dog obsessed with finding coins and putting them under her tongue for extended periods of time? [more inside]
posted by ooklala
on Jun 2, 2011 -
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.
posted by surenoproblem
on Jan 18, 2011 -
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]
posted by 256
on Jun 29, 2010 -
How should I handle types, varieties and errors in my coin collecting database? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks
on Mar 16, 2010 -
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!
posted by MayNicholas
on Nov 17, 2009 -
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]
posted by TigerMoth
on Sep 9, 2009 -
I got this coin (tails
) 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]
posted by natalinha
on Jul 24, 2009 -
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]
posted by halogen
on Jun 9, 2009 -
DensityFilter: What happens when you throw a nickel really fast at the fuselage of an F-16? [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot
on Dec 28, 2008 -
What are some good looking world coins, the size of a US Nickel or smaller? It's for my pants. [more inside]
posted by aubilenon
on Dec 20, 2008 -
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?
posted by Newstuffoldstuff
on Dec 13, 2008 -
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]
posted by emhutchinson
on Dec 7, 2008 -
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]
posted by la grande chaleur
on Sep 2, 2008 -
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.
posted by maniabug
on Jul 16, 2008 -
SquishFilter: What else, besides coins, could I safely place on some railroad tracks for a bit of silly fun? [more inside]
posted by Squee
on Mar 10, 2008 -
My wife has some gold coins (South African Gold Krugerrand Coins - One Ounce) left to her by her grandparents and is looking to sell them. We live in East TN (Knoxville area). Any luck selling Krugerands in TN or online?
posted by pleuroma
on Aug 5, 2007 -
How can I go about getting an assortment of old books, jewelry, silverware, furniture, coins, currency, and papers assessed? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A
on Jul 3, 2007 -
Coin collections - what is the best way to find a fair and honest appraisal for about a hundred coins? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts
on Feb 23, 2007 -