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  1. what are must-have coins that intermediate world coin collectors should have in their collection? There is no answer to this question, as each collector sets his/her own parameters. One person collects all Japanese coins, another collects Chinese gold, and still another collects Hungarian post WWII. Neither Victorian florins, nor any other single coin fits all three collectors' tastes.
  2. Each country that issues Euro coins is is allowed to put a "national side" design on the reverse, along with the common obverse. That said, there are a multitude of mint marks used on the national sides (several German mints, Rome, Paris, and others.)
  3. Well, the surfaces don't appear to be those of a cast coin, and I assume you have already verified that it is non-magnetic, so there seems to be a fairly good chance that you have beaten the law of averages and obtained a genuine coin. The weight is at the outer limit of variance, but not unheard of tor the time and place.
  4. It's very unlikely that you have a coin, as there's nothing to indicate either a denomination or a country of issue. It might be a commercial token of some kind, or perhaps a medallion commemorating some event or organization. What you are reading as a "6" more closely resembles a "4" IMHO, but it probably is a lightening bolt, not a letter at all.
  5. Much easier to see in the picture than in real life. It's only 13.5mm in diameter!
  6. Western dates are Dec. 6, 1945-November 24, 1946.
  7. I think employees at both of the stores I frequent which have Coinstar machines regularly check the rejects, because in more than a year my total take is one Roosevelt dime!
  8. CCG is correct. Sorry to say, I'm afraid you overpaid by about $7! Aside from the fact that Morgans are 90% silver/10% copper and totally non-magnetic, the uneven denticles and incorrect artwork are major giveaways.
  9. You're not likely to get many people willing to download an unknown software package, with all the risk that entails, just to look at your pics. If you are not a troll, I suggest either posting your pictures directly, or using a known host service.
  10. No Japanese coin has ever portrayed the bust of an individual; and only the Heisei 2 (1990) Osaka International Garden and Greenery Expo 5000 yen commemorative has included the bust of a mythical/allegorical figure:
  11. In general a "coin" will have both a denomination and the name of the issuing country. More often than not it also has a date. (Often, of course, the legends are in the issuing country's language, not necessarily in Roman characters.) A "Temple Token" will have an image or legend with religious significance (again, not necessarily in Roman characters), and almost never has a denomination or date.
  12. First, buy some books to learn about coins. The investment of time and money will ultimately prove to be the most valuable investment you will ever make in numismatics. Until you know what you are looking at (and buying) you are at very great risk of overspending - sometimes by a significant amount. Then, when you are ready to buy, here's a very incomplete list of places to look: Check your local phone book for coin dealers Check the phone book for antique stores* Search the internet for coin shows in your area Check out EBay* Check out Craig's List* Check out the Buy/Sell/Trade sections of many coin-oriented internet forums Check out other internet auction sites* Check the internet for coin dealer sites Find coin publications on the internet, then obtain hard copies and read the ads Check out the ads on this, and other internet forum sites *Be careful, be very careful about verifying genuineness
  13. Well, the chopmark looks right, and as you know, very few counterfeits are chopped.l Even so, a full gram short is pretty suspicious.
  14. Interesting. I wasn't aware that any products of a German mint lacked mint marks, and before reading Jose's post I was about to guess that the coin was minted in China solely on the basis of the lack of mint mark.
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