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post #1 of 14
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Does anyone here collect coins? Old, new, state, world wide?

I collect both world wide and old coins. I even have a 1920 U.S. 'Mercury' dime that I had found while I was working at Burger King years ago! It's worn so it most likely doesn't have much value anymore.

The 'tails' side is blurry. My darn camera is not that great for small things.


My oldest and first coin is from 1901 but I don't know much about the coin. Any ideas? My grandma gave it to me when I was younger. It's also almost a deep brown color which isn't showing up on my camera.



And this is another old one that I don't know much about. Denmark, maybe? It's from 1972 but in really good condition. The pictures don't do it justice.

post #2 of 14
WOW! I haven't made many advancements, but I have a pretty extensive coin collection that my step-Grandfather gave me. He traveled all over the place in WWII and I have coins from all over the world, some from the 1870-1890s and some with bullet marks in them.
Teey are pretty amazing...but they are in condition much like yours...probably not any worth much....but I enjoy having them!
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WOW! I haven't made many advancements, but I have a pretty extensive coin collection that my step-Grandfather gave me. He traveled all over the place in WWII and I have coins from all over the world, some from the 1870-1890s and some with bullet marks in them.
Bullet marks?! Wow! I have more coins ranging from the new Euro, to Brazil, India, Korea, Canada (of course), a 1920s U.S. 'Wheat' penny, France and a few other places that I cannot pronounce let alone spell.
post #4 of 14
I like collecting coins from different countries. It's not too formal of a collection though, meaning the coins aren't in anything special yet.
post #5 of 14
I have some, I used to collect them but kind of lost interest.

I used to have several steel pennies and other coins when I was around 12, but when I went to Michigan with my mom for a year my dad must have let someone in my room. I was missing several things when I got back, including those coin.

I still have several silver dollars, old pennies, dimes, nickels, and foreign coins that I collected after I came back.

Just to let you know, well worn coins are usually worthless as far as collecting them goes. And never 'clean' the coins, especially using a silver polish.


Edit: second coin is British..
post #6 of 14
I have a small collection of old coins and world coins. A great site for info is http://coincollector.org/

It has a gallery, and lists values based on condition of the coin etc.

The oldest one I have (I think, would have to look to be sure) is an 1866 two cent piece.

I collect old and foreign paper money too, but don't have as many of those. Its a fun hobby, but too expensive for me to continue
post #7 of 14
I don't have a coin collection per se, but my Dad did have a coin collection that is a combination of mine and my Brother's. In it there is an 1878 Indian Head penny valued at about 100 USD. I forget all what is in it but I had always found that particular penny to be extraodinarily beautiful.
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My oldest and first coin is from 1901 but I don't know much about the coin. Any ideas? My grandma gave it to me when I was younger. It's also almost a deep brown color which isn't showing up on my camera.

Well, I don't know what the coin is, but that certainly looks like Queen Victoria. She died in 1901, so maybe it's a regular coin before they switched over to Edward VII, or it could be one commemorating her death earlier that year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_victoria

Just today, at work, I found a Mercury Dime from 1943! I've never seen one in person before, so it's pretty cool. It's not in good shape, but I'll take what I can get. Maybe I can clean it up a bit somehow. I don't actually collect coins, but I keep coins that are old and interesting.

Tricia
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Well, I don't know what the coin is, but that certainly looks like Queen Victoria. She died in 1901, so maybe it's a regular coin before they switched over to Edward VII, or it could be one commemorating her death earlier that year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_victoria

Just today, at work, I found a Mercury Dime from 1943! I've never seen one in person before, so it's pretty cool. It's not in good shape, but I'll take what I can get. Maybe I can clean it up a bit somehow. I don't actually collect coins, but I keep coins that are old and interesting.

Tricia
Thanks! And keep that coin! In that time, they made the dimes out of silver. Hehe, I begged my old Burger King manager to let me have the coin if I exchanged it with a dime I had in my purse. She laughed and let me do it.
post #10 of 14
Sorry I dont collect coins. I collect rocks. My wife hates it, but as a geology student I wanted to collect rock samples of where I have done some field study
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Sorry I dont collect coins. I collect rocks. My wife hates it, but as a geology student I wanted to collect rock samples of where I have done some field study
Ooh! I have a piece of an ancient manatee's rib that an old neighbor gave me when I was a kid. He estimated that it was a couple hundred or thousand years old, I can't remember which. It's a fossil. I still have it and treasure it. He has a hobby of sifting through a nearby canal in FL. It's dirty work with the clay and all but he's found fossilized shark's teeth, other manatee fossils and more!
post #12 of 14
I always hope to get one of those dimes... never happens though! I really like the old coins that are rare. I wish I owned some!!
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I always hope to get one of those dimes... never happens though! I really like the old coins that are rare. I wish I owned some!!
It was a stroke of luck, honestly. If you work around cash a lot like I used to, you see all kinds of coins. That's how I got most of my international ones. The managers knew that I had collected them and had saved them during the day for me.
post #14 of 14
I have nothing really valuable except a 1943 Newfoundland penny and its in very good condition. My oldest coin is from 1855, and I think it's a penny from Upper Canada. But it's so worn its nearly impossible to figure out what it is. I also have two coins from 1923 that I found in the same pocket of change, it was too weird but I kept them. Um .... I have an Indianhead penny from 1901. And I also have a pair of Silver Dollars. And I'm trying to collect all of those specialty quarters. I have an old King George quarter from 1952 and lots of young Queen Elizabeths. I'm always looking through my change.
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