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    BF's Level 12 Wizard SingingSabre's Avatar
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    Any coin collectors here?

    My mom's boyfriend has commissioned me to sell his late father's coin collection. If there are any collectors here, I'll give you first crack at it. I'm starting with pennies and moving up from there, so let me know what you want.

    If there's interest, I'll even inventory it here. If not, then I won't.
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    Oh man, when I was younger I had a small collection going, but unfortunately now I just have too many other expenses going. Coins are fascinating, though.

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    I was a coin collector. After my safe was ripped off in a B&E twenty years ago that was the end of that hobby.

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    I don't actively collect, but I'd love to see pictures of some of the more interesting pieces if you decide to post them up.

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    I'd love to, X136.
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    +2 please show.

    I used to collect coins and foreign paper money. I have roman coins somewhere (you can buy them on Ebay!)

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    I have a number of pennies from the 1800's. I'm amazed at how large they are! I've also found a number of two cent pieces. It's like a $2 bill, only more exciting.
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    Oh yeah, I have a penny somewhere from 1836 and it's larger than a modern quarter. Great looking coin. And I always thought the Indian head pennies looked very nice.

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    I have a mid-1850s coin that I think is of Canadian (or whatever it was called back then) origin.

    The freakiest coins are definitely the byzantian/roman coins though, so primitive-looking and yet somehow disturbing.

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    Do you have any pics of your Roman coins, Luddite, or should I google images it?
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    Google it, most of mine are so covered in layers of stuff the details are hard to make out. I tried to clean them as per the instructions that came with them but I draw the line at scraping at them.

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    Interesting how they fused Church and State so closely in some of them. Amazing stuff with all those coins...

    The coolest coin story I have is that I bought a cup of coffee at a 24 hour shop and one of the pieces of change I got was an 1898 Indian head penny.
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    ^ Whoa!

    Here's my dirty collection, with a rusty 1957 penny for scale:


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    Those are so cool! I'm gonna start cataloging and photographing my metal bits today.

    Wow, that sounded wrong. Perfect for Foo.
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    psst you can byzantian/roman coins on ebay psst.

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    Ahh, I have no use for coins! I'm just commissioned to sell this collection.

    If I make enough off it, I'm going to buy a new camera. Then I'm going to rock this city shooting weddings because I'll finally have a camera that makes it easier (mine doesn't deal well enough with low-light for me to really be comfortable shooting weddings). That's a different story, though!
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    What cam do you have right now? I would invest in a nice lens or two. I only shoot with a Nikon D40 but my favourite lense cost more than the camera itself did!

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    There's a book (like the blue book for cars) that gives you an idea of the coins worth. There are also 2 companies that you send your coins to get them "graded". Good/rare coins are worth a lot more when they are graded/certified. You can also get help from your local coin dealer. My local coin dealer is very good/honest (not all are). Good luck with your numismatic task...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    There's a book (like the blue book for cars) that gives you an idea of the coins worth. There are also 2 companies that you send your coins to get them "graded". Good/rare coins are worth a lot more when they are graded/certified. You can also get help from your local coin dealer. My local coin dealer is very good/honest (not all are). Good luck with your numismatic task...
    Yup. The Red Book. I have a copy in front of me.

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    What cam do you have right now? I would invest in a nice lens or two. I only shoot with a Nikon D40 but my favourite lense cost more than the camera itself did!
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    Psst buy a Nikon pssssssst.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    Psst buy a Nikon pssssssst.

    Noooooo! Only the top range of Nikons has CMOS censors, and with the fire photography I do, I need that extra kick for low-light! That and Canon's menus are so ingrained in my brain (I started with Canon P&S's about 8 years ago) that Nikon menu's just confuzzle me. And I know the layout of Canon buttons.

    At least I'm not shooting Pentax!
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    ....oh snap. Did you diss Pentax?

    I also shoot with a Pentax Asahi K-1000.

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    Hahaha! One of my best friends shoots Pentax. He's an amazing photographer. He took this
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    My pentax is probably older than you are, it's SLR and virtually entirely manual. It weighs in at 1 kg too. It's a tank and survived my abusing it as a kid. I have a strong sentimental attachment to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    ....oh snap. Did you diss Pentax?

    I also shoot with a Pentax Asahi K-1000.
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