What to do with large amount of foreign coins - NYC

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by 2manycoins, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. 2manycoins

    2manycoins New Member

    Hi there,

    I work for a public park that collects many coins in our fountain. We clean and separate them from US currency, and now have a large amount of assorted foreign coins that we don't know what to do with. I'd say we have between 600 - 1000 of assorted coins of various currencies and age. Perhaps some valuable ones too!

    Is anyone interested? Or does anyone have suggestions on where we can donate them? If so, feel free to respond or DM! Ideally located in NYC, as we cannot pay postage on sending these anywhere.

    A list of currencies below. Also attaching a few photos!

    Albania
    Argentina
    Armenia
    Australia
    Austria
    Bahamas
    Barbados
    Belarus
    Belgium
    Bermuda
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Brasil
    Bulgaria
    Canada
    Cayman Islands
    Chile
    China
    Colombia
    Costa Rica
    Croatia
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Dominican Republic
    Ecuador
    England
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Guatemala
    Haiti
    Hong Kong
    Hungary
    India
    Ireland
    Israel
    Italy
    Jamaica
    Japan
    Jordan
    Kazakhstan
    Kenya
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Malaysia
    Malta
    Mexico
    Nepal
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Nigeria
    Pakistan
    Peru
    Poland
    Portugal
    Russia
    Singapore
    Slovakia
    South Africa
    South Korea
    Spain
    Switzerland
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Turkey
    Ukraine
    Uruguay
    Venezuela
     

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  3. Prez2

    Prez2 Well-Known Member

    Nobody seems like appreciate world coinage. Just look for silver and get rid of the moderns. Aside from that, throw them back.
     
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  4. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    You could sell them as a bulk lot, or donate them to a club or youth organization.
     
  5. TuckHard

    TuckHard Well-Known Member

    Seconding this answer. One idea would be to donate it to a local coin club. In my experience, coin clubs usually set up tables to give out free coins and information to children at coin shows and I'm sure they'd love to have a mix of foreign coins to let the kids dig through.
     
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  6. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I think donating them to a group (scouts or numismatic group) would be best. Most of those coins are low value and wouldn't be worth your time even trying to auction them or sell them in a bulk lot.
     
  7. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    You can donate the coins to UNICEF, and there are other charities that will take them.
     
  8. ace71499

    ace71499 Young Numismatic

    I like donating to a local coin club or boy/girl scouts.

    If that doesn't tickle your fancy you could always donate to a local library! They may be used for a craft, prize/giveaway, or maybe even to start a coin club there!
     
  9. Onewisdom

    Onewisdom New Member

     
  10. Onewisdom

    Onewisdom New Member

    We are a Stamp and Coin Collecting Club in Simi Valley. As per our mission statement, we educate and stimulate the hobby of collecting stamps and coins, not only to the youth, but our members also.

    If you have traveled to foreign countries and have unwanted or of no value to you, change or paper notes leftover from your travels, we appreciate you considering to donate for education, and collecting to preserve this hobby of great historic value. Likewise, we welcome stamps you may wish to donate to our club.

    We thank You very much for your willing generosity and help.

    We are looking forward to creating a Donor Recognition List to honor those who help our club growth and make it part of our club's history.

    We are grateful and thankful for your consideration and contacting us.
     
  11. Puravida

    Puravida New Member

     
  12. Puravida

    Puravida New Member

    Our Club is interested.
    I do not know if I am posting well in this forum...
    If not I apologize. Someone, please, let me know.
    Thank You!
     
  13. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    Check to see if any of the pre-Euro coinage is still redeemable for cash; I believe that Germany's old Deutschemark coins are still redeemable in full, as are the Irish coins.
     
  14. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    @2manycoins
    So.. What did you end up doing with all those coins?
     
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  15. Rushmore

    Rushmore Coin Addict

    I'll take them if they are still available.
     
  16. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    There are many organizations that will accept them.
     
  17. ScottSemans

    ScottSemans New Member

    The best way to get too much money for something like this is take it to a local small-time antique auctioneer and split them into as many lots as they will let you, but at least 100 pieces per lot, and don't tell anyone they came from a fountain. In fact, cleaning and sorting them probably cost you money. There are always unknowledgeable buyers at these sales who think any old or unusual coin is worth a fortune, and they will overbid.
     
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