Are these legit?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Devyn5150, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. Devyn5150

    Devyn5150 Music Maker Making Change

    i can’t find an official example online.

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  3. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    Legit what? They appear to be legitimate coins and stamp.
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  4. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

  5. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron

    I agree with Thomas- these coins were packaged by a private company other than the mint.

    The coins and stamp aren't rare enough to fake.
    However, the coins look cleaned to me, especially the dime.
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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Sure, they're real coins, and the stamp is, too. All quite common and low-value, and the dime (if not the nickel too) have been cleaned. As mentioned, they are in an aftermarket, privately produced holder such as the kind sold by mass-marketing firms on TV and elsewhere.

    There's nothing really special about them, but they are historical coins, and the nickel is over a hundred years old, and the dime is silver at least, and the fancy packaging might appeal to a non-collector, though, so it's not all bad.

    "Unique" means one of a kind. These are certainly not that.

    But they are what they are.
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  7. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    For whatever reason I seem to own more than my fair share of these type displays... Coins of the old west... Decades of dimes, etc. Yes the coins are typically polished low grade examples of genuine coins.
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  8. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd

    I too have a few of those, given to me as gifts from relatives who know I collect. Their heart was in the right place and my response was always "oh wow, you shouldn't have!". I did ask my mom and my brother years ago to, please, stop buying me coin related items.
  9. Devyn5150

    Devyn5150 Music Maker Making Change

    Hey all thanks for your replies. I didn’t end up even looking at it let alone buying. I went to the dealer and got other things instead, nothing major and the 25 cent bucket found me some designs I like albeit nothing worth nothing I’m sure.
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    1973 New Zealand is my favourite although it weren’t no 25 cent and it came from a pawn shop, so yeah...
  10. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    These sets can be an interesting display, the coins are often low value items and usually cleaned to boot. If you would like this sort of thing, it’s best to find and buy it on the secondary market after someone else has taken the financial hit.
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  11. Devyn5150

    Devyn5150 Music Maker Making Change

    These will go in the general collection for design coolness. I’m already on the hunt for a better New Zealand ‘73 now that I have one. I just concluded an online transaction for other good stuff, which will go in the cotton gloves and facemask don’t even breathe on the coin holder collection.

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  12. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    That's all pick bin kinda stuff, and common, but not bad for the 25 cent bucket. The New Zealand 50-cent hopefully didn't cost you too much more because it is also a pretty common coin. I've always liked the ship design, though, and can see why it's your favorite. Out of that batch I like the British shilling and the NZ 50c.

    These are the sort of things I sold in my "50c or 3/$1" pick bin when I had an antique mall booth, but the ones I sold were identified, in 2x2 holders. (I sold the loose world coins in my "10c or 12/$1" drawer, alongside the loose Wheat pennies.)

    These are a good entry into collecting World coins. It is a fun and fascinating hobby and very educational. (And full of great cherrypicking opportunities, once you get a little knowledge under your belt.)

    Here are a couple of sites you might find useful to start from.

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  13. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Give me your address in a private message and I'll send you some other fun World coins. :)
  14. Devyn5150

    Devyn5150 Music Maker Making Change

    Yeah this hobby ain’t easy in the beginning, lots to learn and remember, but woah so much fun! Having to curb the buying urge when there’s bills to pay, restraint ain’t my strongest suit. Mistakes will be made and the ‘73 was one and I found out when I got home and searched it. The pawn shop is one of the worst but it is vast and within a short walk from home. He wanted $10 for it, I offered 5 and he hummed and hawed and agreed but complained... “but it’s silver” he said. Lol. I think I’ll be a little more aloof if I can’t be savvy if I ever deal with him again.
  15. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    That one's not silver. You overpaid, but we've all paid our tuition in the hobby, and as tuition goes, you got off quite cheaply. Besides, if you like the coin, overpaying by a few bucks in this case is certainly not the end of the world.
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  16. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    And then again that is exactly why this is such a wonderful hobby. I spent thirty years blissfully happy purchasing 5-10 dollar coins and being thrilled about them. It’s not like collecting vintage automobiles where a rash purchase can cost many thousands of lost dollars.
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  17. Devyn5150

    Devyn5150 Music Maker Making Change

    Yeah the old guy was trying to goat me but, it could have been worse and I did kick myself a little. It was worth a medium latte at Second Cup and yes, to me, that design is striking! It seems I’ve gravitated to the New Zealand designed coins but my brother keeps eyeballing them too so...
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  18. Devyn5150

    Devyn5150 Music Maker Making Change

    Lol, hobby. I went to another pawn shop along the way. The lady behind the counter and I began chatting. She looked flabbergasted when I mentioned how all consuming and addictive this “sport” was/is! I actually get sort of tongue tied calling it a hobby, lol.
  19. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    In fairness, it is possible he didn't know. Pawn shop people are not all renowned for numismatic knowledge, particularly with coins from outside of their own country. On the other hand, silver has a distinct appearance, which pawn shop people should be able to recognize, and which that coin does not have.
  20. Devyn5150

    Devyn5150 Music Maker Making Change

    Yeah I’m not so sure of the main fellow there. Either he’s a brilliant shyster or has very little clue. I’m appalled at his guitars walls. He’s got junk, no strings or just a couple, warped necks, not a big name brand but still going for hundreds of dollars and then when he actually gets something decent, he prices it like it was Elvis’s. But, he’s got stuff, and lots of it, so, yeah, my bad, my weakness like garage sales, lol.
  21. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not activity

    LordM, we are like-minded, it seems...I, too, gravitate toward the tall ship NZ and the shilling.

    I think it is the intricacy of the designs that draws my interest, these and a lot of others...Spark
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