Suggestions for a world series please

Discussion in 'World & Ancient Coins' started by Kirkuleez, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez 80 proof

    So I have been an avid collector of US coins for over thirty years, but I have never really crossed the border. Lately, while lurking around the forum here, I have seen some really beautiful collections of world coins. I was thinking that it is high time that some of these coins made their way into my collection. I was thinking of doing a series of coins. Something like large cents from Canada or Britain maybe. Is there a world series that interests you the most? Are there any tips to collecting world coins that you can share with me? Thanks.
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  3. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Israel, Netherlands and the Perth Mint
  4. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez 80 proof

    Sounds interesting, any particular series?
  5. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    Well, the bible arts series is good, and i love the architectural coins from Israel. From the Netherlands, they don't have series really, but their individual commemorative have been outstanding, including the Rembrandt, Manhattan, Architecture, dutch Art, among others. Perth, the Poisonous Animals has been great. I like the Wildlife coins as well as the Kooks and Koala.
  6. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez 80 proof

    Nice, I'm going to have to look up some of those.
  7. silentnviolent

    silentnviolent accumulator

    There is interesting history following the 10 Agorot coin of Israel. There is talk that the face of the coin displays a hidden map or something... I recently was flummoxed in trying to decipher the Hebrew year on one I got in a 4lb. world coin lot. lol, due to the difference in font between my chart and the coin, I ended up having to google an image of an Israeli coin. One search for each year within the date range of the design of my coin. I got it, but after more time than I wanted to take. Good luck!
  8. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

    I'd say British pennies are a good entry coin to world coins. They are big, attractive, and the writing is in English. The level of difficulty depends on if you want them to be pretty good or uncirculated. If "pretty good" is good enough for you, you can get a substantial collection for a little money. When I first started going after world coins, the first two series I focused on were British pennies and Mexican 20 centavos from 1943-73.
  9. cladking

    cladking Coin Collector

    Don't overpay. World coins are graded to stricter standards and Krause overprices some. Just because a coin is beautiful, rare, and lustrous doesn't even mean it will necessarily be XF and the XF price might be too high.

    I like GB pennies largely because they can be found quite cheap. I also like many of the modern series because I think they are grossly underpriced. Pick something that's available and interesting to you that hasn't already soared in price if you can. Canadian coins can be very inexpensive. Go slow because prices range widely and it willtake a while to learn what the base value really is. World coins are great but if you're not careful you can get in way over your head pretty fast.
  10. Gedon_Althor

    Gedon_Althor Member

    I have a Canadian penny set back to 1900 to current which I truely enjoyed filling from circs, I still get George coins in circulation that my local gas station just throws my way. For fun, I also started a modern Canadian quarters set, they have 2 millenial years and other regional coins that have several reverse types which were fun to collect.
  11. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

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    mrbrklyn New Member

  13. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned Supporter

    Alright Kirkuleez! One of my favorite things to do...force my collecting preferences onto other collectors! :)

    I also like to mix it up.
    I will throw my hat(s) into the ring with German Empire (1871-1918) or Canada large cents.

    A quick couple of things about the German Empire coins (for circulation):

    -The prices are very good. With the silver, high mintage ones, you can get very high grade examples for just above melt. Except for 50 pfennings, which are the rarest and most costly.
    -The designs are beautiful. I mean, cmon, it's an eagle holding a shield with a picture of an eagle holding a shield. You can't deny the triple eagle/shield combo!
    -You can put together yearly sets at great prices.
    -You can expand into the various regions once you had your fill of the standard coinage.
    -and much much more!

    Here are some examples of the standard coinage denominations. The only two not posted are the 1 and 2 pfennig. The 5 mark is an example of a regional coin. That one is Prussia.

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    And of course, Canada large cents are another great option.
    I wrote a little about them here:
    http://www.cointalk.com/t204609/

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    Choose wisely!
    Let me know if you need any more information.
    -greg
  14. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    The Archaeopteryx coin? That is a German piece issued last year which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first discovery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeopteryx#History_of_discovery

    That second one is from Austria and continues the €5 series. It is about the Musikverein in Vienna http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gesellschaft_der_Musikfreunde and shows the organ and a caryatid, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Musikverein_Goldener_Saal.jpg

    Both are pieces that, until a short while ago, would have been silver. Due to the silver price, the German government now issues them in Cu-Ni (at face) and silver/proof (surcharged). The Austrian Mint decided to make the "at face" version from copper; the silver/proof version is surcharged too.

    Christian
  15. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    where do I get it. its sold out with the Manhattan coin
  16. moneyer12

    moneyer12 i just love UK coins.......

    try british shillings.................from edwardVI to elizabeth II
  17. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    It's not sold out. Just as that Manhattan coin is still available from various dealers. ;)

    Christian
  18. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    You buy it and send it too me. I'll pay you back
  19. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    Basically fine ... remember that Dutch dealer (MPO) who I called to make sure the Manhattan proof coin they offer at MA-Shops was actually available? They said yes, I posted that in a reply to you - so I suppose that you bought it, and that this question is about the Austrian and/or German piece. Let me know (here or PM) which coin and which "version" (silver proof, base metal unc) you want.

    Christian
  20. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    No - I never got it because the wanted a ridcules amout to ship it, like 20 euros
  21. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    How much does it cost to send something to the US? Maybnbe i should fly overthere and pick it up from you? Your in Holland?

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