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  1. Don't know if it is the same story, but that happened with a kid living within a few miles of where my family lived during the 1960's. The biggest reason for leniency was his age. He was only 8 or 10 years old as I recall. Was an easy catch for the Secret Service as his modes of transportation, bike and walking, combined with the small town business offerings limited the establishments he hit. Never met the kid, but wonder now what he made of his life as an adult.
  2. Your resonse helped lead me to a great decision today. All my uncirculated coins, large and small denominations, are going to my grandson. There are over two thousand coins in the batch now. I'll keep adding more every year.
  3. Thanks gxseries. You articulated well a point I tried to make. With economic success comes affluence. There was a news article recently about Asian affluence driving up prices in the art world as wealthy individuals adopt Western collecting habits. We saw this starting with with Japan in the 1980's. It has now spread to other Asian nations. There is yet another factor I failed to mention earlier. That factor is the number of coins minted. I have some uncirculated small denomination coins from nations with populations of about 25 million people that produced a billion coins or more c
  4. I did sell some a few months ago on ebay. These were primarily European coins, most from Germany and Hungary. The buyer was from Switzerland. The bidding was robust and the coins did quite well nearly achieving the values listed Krause. The bidding could have been disappointing without the winner and one other European always bumping the high bid. The ending bid doubled in the waning minutes of the auctions. I've since visited ebay Germany, UK and Austria. They each have lots of coin auctions, and comparative European coins appear to do better on those ebay markets than the USA ebay.
  5. In the 1960's, while still a kid, I began mailing away for small packages of world coins. The packages cost between $1.00 and $2.95, and each package contained 25 or 30 coins. The coins were all mint condition, low denominations, and primarily from countries struggling with their economies or governments, or purely third world nations. Occasionally these packages of coins included uncirculated coins from the 1940's and 1950's. It has been nearly a half century now and all of those nearly worthless coins of the time have appreciated well in value. Some are now worth about 200 times or m
  6. Thanks Dave. I do try to find completed ebay auctions for specific coins as the prices those garnered can be a good measure of the demand for a particular coin and the actual value. The best example I could find for this coin in a completed auction would likely grade in the AG to G range and was sold as part of a lot so that auction was of little help to me. I am leaning toward your opinion of Krause valuations. It may be that they are aware of some instances where people pay a higher price for certain graded coins and use that information to establish the high range for that particular
  7. Thanks ccq! Now you've got me wondering about another issue. Of NGC and PCGS, which is regarded the more reliable grading service?
  8. I have a coin that cost me about 8 cents that gives me pause where coin valuations are concerned. The coin is an East German 10 Pfennig 1950E. I rely heavily on Krause World Coin Catalogs to identify and value coins. On this particular coin the valuations are: VF 17.50 XF 70.00 Unc 650 There were 16,000,000 coins minted. I thought maybe there had been typographical error so went to ebay to see how the coin had performed in completed auctions and what current auction sellers were asking. From comparable coins offered I found a high price being asked of $800 for an AU55 http://cgi.e
  9. WOW, I'd been looking on the front and back near the edge. Never struck me to actually take the coin from the holder and look at the edge itself. Thank you!
  10. Where on these coins does the raised edge lettering appear? I'm stymied!
  11. Thank you! The coin came from a batch of "junk coins" from a local coin shop that cost me about 8 cents each. It was so encrusted it resembled a slug with barely a faint outline of the Star of David. I almost tossed it aside. I'm surprised how many north African and Middle Eastern coins had the Star of David during this period. I'm going to do some digging into pre-1800 coins. This followed the Spanish Inquisition when the Moors and Jews were driven from Spain starting in the late 15th century.
  12. Help Please! Here are photos of the coin: It is a rather stout coin measuring approximately 17 mm across, and the aproximate thinkness of a US quarter. It has similarities to early Ninteenth Century coins issued in Iraq, Libya and Morocco during the Ottoman Period of rule. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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