Anyone had a coin come in weird packaging

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by ancient times, Feb 7, 2023.

  1. ancient times

    ancient times Legatus Legionis Supporter

    I was looking at my coins and I noticed my Agrippa, Æ As. Agrippa. Struck under Caligula, 37-41 AD. M AGRIPPA L F COS III, head left wearing rostral crown / S-C, Neptune standing facing, head left, naked except for cloak draped behind him & over both arms, holding small dolphin in right hand & vertical trident in left. RIC 58 size 22mm
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    I bought in 2016 on eBay from a dealer in Czechoslovakia, when it arrived on the outside of the envelope had pocket watch written on it, another envelope inside contained a tea light candle. I was ticked off, then finally I took the candle apart and underneath the candle was the coin wrapped up in foil, before i decided to take the candle apart it just about went in the trash. today i can not figure out why he shipped it that way. So if you get a strange shipment check before tossing!
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  3. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..haha..i've received coins wrapped with a matchbox car....inside bottlecaps...etc...
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  4. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Could be that he thought it was less likely to be "appropriated" if disguised, when it was x-rayed or scanned by the postal or shipping service.
  5. The Meat man

    The Meat man Supporter! Supporter

    I once had a coin shipped inside a small hardcover book of German poems from the early 1900's.
  6. dltsrq

    dltsrq Grumpy Old Man

    There are fine lines between theft prevention, customs evasion and illicit trafficking. Proper declaration with tracking and insurance is the way to go.
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  7. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Once bought a few medieval Hungarian coins from a seller in Hungary. Package had a CD of 1970s Muzak Greatest Hits; coins were wrapped in foil and taped in between the CD holder and the outer casing. The CD was a CD-R; I didn't even check if it actually had music on it - it definitely wasn't going anywhere near my computer!
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  8. BRandM

    BRandM Counterstamp Collector

    Depends where the coin is being shipped from. If your transaction is legitimate it's sometimes best to give them as little information as possible. A coin might best be described as a souvenir or collectible. I call that being careful.

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  9. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Best way to send rare coins across international borders is in a padded envelope as normal mail. This prevents theft/ customs fees. Wrapping the protective coin cardboard with foil/ makes success 100 percent. Writing "Gold coin" + "value" is asking for it to go MIA.
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  10. Johnnie Black

    Johnnie Black Neither Gentleman Nor Scholar

    My international shipments tend to arrive in flat, padded envelopes and listed as “antique” or “numismatic collectible” or even “old coin”. I can understand the shippers trepidation with listing too much detail on customs forms.
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  11. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    The less information the better/ many thefts occur at customs/ or saves one $$$ and hassles;)
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