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I just joined this forum not as a collector but rather to help my father-in-law... After reading about the auction at the Waldorf in New York City last week, I noticed that they were auctioning off some rare and extremely valuable Canadian coins similar to the one my father-in-law has!!! I think he has a very valuable coin and I would like to have it appraised for him. I started doing a little research on the internet only to realize that the "Coin World" is very complicated and intricate. Can anyone please help me figure out how to find out about this coin and where I should go to get an honest and legitimate appraisal? Thank you all in advance for your help!

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You're in the right place at least. You'll get the most help if you can post a picture of the coin front and back. Also a descruption, like 1929 50 cent piece or something similar. Canadian coins aren't my area of expertise but many more people will wander through in a few hours. Welcome by the way!

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As Elverno suggests, posting a picture and description would be a good way to start. Be wary of showing items to dealers that you're not familiar with - some "dealers" are less than honest and make their living by buying stuff for a small fraction of their value.

 

Keep in mind though that "similar" is a big word. The difference between a very fine Victorian 50-cent of a certain date and a flawless uncirculated gem of the same date is huge.

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You're in the right place at least. You'll get the most help if you can post a picture of the coin front and back. Also a descruption, like 1929 50 cent piece or something similar. Canadian coins aren't my area of expertise but many more people will wander through in a few hours. Welcome by the way!

Thank you for the welcome! I haven't seen the coin myself but was told it's an 1899 50 cent "Vicky". I will try to get some pics.

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As Elverno suggests, posting a picture and description would be a good way to start. Be wary of showing items to dealers that you're not familiar with - some "dealers" are less than honest and make their living by buying stuff for a small fraction of their value.

 

Keep in mind though that "similar" is a big word. The difference between a very fine Victorian 50-cent of a certain date and a flawless uncirculated gem of the same date is huge.

After looking up the coin in the Charlton 2010 catalog, I quickly realized that indeed, the gap can be huge between "similar" coins! This is why I came to this forum: to consult the passionate and the experts... Hopefully I can get a ballpark idea of it's value before I see a dealer. I will try to get some pics of the coin. Thank you.

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