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  1. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    ToughCOINS® is a part-time business grown out of a lifelong hobby. At this time it is a one-man operation, and it may well remain that way. However, just in case it grows more than expected, the business from here onward is described as being operated by "we" or "us" rather than by "I" or "me".

    Over 50+ years of buying and selling coins, we have learned that a great many collectors and dealers are misinformed about what is truly rare, and what is not. While not knowing nearly as much as we’d like to about this hobby - there are far too many areas of study for any individual to know it all - we can tell you that misconceptions abound among collectors and dealers alike.

    Have you spent too much time searching for that “common” coin, only to realize it isn’t as available as you thought? Have you spent years amassing quantities of coins thought to be scarce, only to realize that they are offered in most coin dealers cases? The name ToughCOINS is descriptive of the kind of coins we like to offer you - those which are thought to be common, but really aren't.

    Think of "ToughCOINS", not as those that shared time together in unopened bank rolls, or the first year issues hoarded by accumulators, or those circulating coins pulled aside for their age or silver content by shrewd grandmothers. Instead, think of them as true survivors of the hunt . . . the few decent examples of underappreciated dates that barely escaped the cash registers, jeweler's benches and melting pots, and found their way into the hands of persistent, selective, knowledgable collectors like yourself.

    We will continue to grow the business by locating those coins for needy customers, of which we hope you will become one.

    While the inventory we have listed reflects our current interests, we also remember our humble beginnings, and continue to support collectors looking for all sorts of coins. Therefore, if what we have listed does not meet your current needs, you should not assume that we won’t help you find the items you seek . . . please send an email, and we’ll see if we can assist you.

    Good hunting . . . Mike at ToughCOINS
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  3. jwitten

    jwitten Well-Known Member

    I've purchased several fairly expensive items from this seller (total over $1,000) and he delivered just as promised. Great seller, and very easy to work with!
  4. treylxapi47

    treylxapi47 Well-Known Member Dealer

    Mike is beyond incredible to deal with. When I first switched gears and moved over to classic coins from mainly collecting bullion, he was one of the first 'real' dealers that I stumbled across. I was just getting into buying what I consider better coins and he really helped me get my feet wet and was willing to work with me on payment. At my stage in the hobby it would have been all to easy to take advantage of me and steer me in the wrong direction but that is 100% the opposite of what Mike did and for that he will forever have a loyal customer in me.

    Theres a short list of dealers that I not only deal with, but will stand up and go to bat for them too, and Mike is most certainly on that list.

    Check out his site if/when you get the chance. Even the way that his pictures display and how you interact with them is super cool.

    Whats better than looking at GREAT coins and having fun while doing it?
  5. Lanny

    Lanny Mr. Nice Guy

    I purchased four 0.25 oz gold coins from Mike and very pleased. Highly recommend
  6. Agilmore01

    Agilmore01 Well-Known Member

    Sold a coin to Mike. He initiated the offer. The offer was fair and the transaction was smoothe. Would do business with again.
  7. BigTee44

    BigTee44 Well-Known Member

    Great Experience both ways with Mike. As a seller, he kept me informed of what was happening with my package. As a buyer he is very quick at sending payment, and let me know when the items arrived. I would gladly do more business with him.
  8. treylxapi47

    treylxapi47 Well-Known Member Dealer

    I've been dealing with Mike over the last couple years and just recently added another wonderful coin to my collection.

    Mike truly has an excellent eye for picking out beautiful coins in all grades.

    My most recent purchase was a CAC'ed Seated Quarter in VF-25 with absolutely beautiful circulated cameo appearances and original surfaces.

    As always, just a real pleasure to deal with.
  9. rockyyaknow

    rockyyaknow Well-Known Member

    Just bough my first coin from Mike (a 1886 Liberty gold half eagle) recently and I couldn't be more pleased. His communication is beyond excellent and the price he gave me for the coin was very fair where i felt no need to negotiate a price. Will use him again in the future.
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  10. rockyyaknow

    rockyyaknow Well-Known Member

    Purchased my second coin from Mike and once again it was a pleasure doing business with him. Would highly recommend anyone to speak with Mike to add to their collection.
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  11. jerryc39

    jerryc39 Well-Known Member

    purchased a $5 gold Indian from Mike and was very pleased with it. Great coin at a very fair price. Would highly recommend him as a seller.
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  12. Paul M.

    Paul M. Well-Known Member

    Based on reading his postings here, these reviews, and perusing his web site, I knew Mike was a well-respected dealer with a good eye for quality. I contacted him recently because he had two of the same coin in a series I'm collecting, one in his eBay store and one on, both graded PCGS MS65 and similarly priced.

    I asked him which coin he thought was better. He told me he thought the one on eBay was better, even though it didn't have a CAC sticker and the other did. The coin I ended up purchasing, he described as having "a sharp strike, strong luster, and very clean surfaces," with attractive toning and an overall high-end coin.

    When I got the coin in hand, that's exactly what I received. :) It is without a doubt a high-end 65, and a "tough coin." I would not have been surprised to see it in a 65+ holder at a much higher price. I couldn't have asked for a better experience or a nicer coin for the money.
  13. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot Supporter

    I also have done business with Mike. He is polite, professional, and the transaction went off without a hitch.

    I would recommend Mike if you're thinking about doing business with him.
  14. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    I sold a tough coin recently to Mike. I received a fair offer and the transaction was very smooth. I look forward to future business with him.

    Highly recommended.
  15. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE

    I recently purchased a cleaned Liberty Gold from Mike. He was fair priced, very responsive, very prompt in delivery, and earned my trust to continue doing future business!

    I highly recommend dealing with Mike based upon my recent excellent experience.
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  16. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    I just purchased a $5 gold Liberty from Mike. Entire transaction came off perfectly and at a fair price. His listing was picture perfect with what arrived in the mail.

    Along with free shipping and insurance, it's hard to beat. You can trade with Mike with confidence. I can't wait for the opportunity to do it again!
  17. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    I just purchased my second coin from Mike -- an unusual Buffalo nickel. A smooth, pleasant deal with warp-speed shipping. If you haven't checked out his site and EBay store, treat yourself! :)
  18. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    I just received a $10 gold Liberty from Mike. If anything, the coin was BETTER than the picture indicated. This dealer is awesome.

    Tell your friends and neighbors!
  19. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Well-Known Member

    This week I have had the pleasure of finalizing a deal with ToughCOINS "aka Mike".
    Item was as described , transaction was a pleasure, and Mike worked with me as and held the item until I could afford to make the purchase . Many thanks...... I look forward to meeting in Baltimore as well as doing business again. Please don't be afraid to phone me anytime while in town or just to say hi. Thanks again regards Paddy
  20. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Met Mike at FUN in Tampa back in January. Though I didn't purchase anything from him, I found him most amiable and knowledgeable regarding the hobby. A gentleman that I'd be proud to do business with..........
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  21. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE

    Purchased another item from Mike! Shipped immediately, great communications, exactly as pictured and depicted. Great communication, great guy! I feel very confident in my transactions with Mike. Thanks,
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