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Hello all

 

I am new here and I just wanted to say hello.

 

I am a coin collector especially US and French coins. I do it like a hobby.

I am also a webmaster and as I was bored to search for hours on Ebay, I have created a website that filters and ranks Ebay coin auctions in order to find interesting coins, if some of you want to have a look, it's here : http://www.coin-secret.com/index.php/top-coin-auctions/

 

Happy to join this forum.

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It's a neat tool but I'd like to see the search criteria that's being applied. I'd also like to be able to edit it and change countries and such.

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Thank you all for your welcome and your nice words about my website. Glad you like it.

 

I rank the auctions :

- by price in the TOP AUCTIONS page

- by "ending time" in the US coin pages, British coin pages, etc...

 

And I manually exclude many unrelated words. It is long to create but after it is all automatic.

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It's an interesting post, as my instincts are to be wary of eBay coin sales, as I have no idea whether the items are legitimate or not. If they are, fantastic, as it's a great opportunity to buy coins at a price that's affordable. Having said that I have no idea what other sources fit that bill...!

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Hey,

I'm also new on this message board. I've bought a handful of coins on eBay with mixed results. If the seller does a good job of taking pictures, you may be able to photograde a coin pretty accurately (assuming it's genuine). I bought a common date Walking Liberty half (1942, if I recall) that looked to have terrific luster and strike for about $35 on eBay; I sent it to NGC for grading and it came back MS64, which I was really happy with. I could probably sell it now for twice what I paid.

 

However, I've had equally bad experiences on eBay, too. I paid almost $20 for a 1943 Mercury dime that looked to have beautiful toning. When I received it, I realized the patina was clearly artificial, as it rubbed off easily between my fingers, revealing a white coin beneath. It still has AU details in my opinion, but nobody wants an altered coin; it was definitely a losing transaction on my end.

 

Sorry to lead the topic astray a bit; next time I'll start a new thread or find the relevant one to post in. I just think the risks/benefits of buying coins on eBay is really important for those of us just starting out to understand.

Glad to be a part of the community!

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Hey,

 

I'm also new on this message board. I've bought a handful of coins on eBay with mixed results. If the seller does a good job of taking pictures, you may be able to photograde a coin pretty accurately (assuming it's genuine). I bought a common date Walking Liberty half (1942, if I recall) that looked to have terrific luster and strike for about $35 on eBay; I sent it to NGC for grading and it came back MS64, which I was really happy with. I could probably sell it now for twice what I paid.

 

However, I've had equally bad experiences on eBay, too. I paid almost $20 for a 1943 Mercury dime that looked to have beautiful toning. When I received it, I realized the patina was clearly artificial, as it rubbed off easily between my fingers, revealing a white coin beneath. It still has AU details in my opinion, but nobody wants an altered coin; it was definitely a losing transaction on my end.

 

Sorry to lead the topic astray a bit; next time I'll start a new thread or find the relevant one to post in. I just think the risks/benefits of buying coins on eBay is really important for those of us just starting out to understand.

 

Glad to be a part of the community!

 

Hello and welcome. I think your point about ebay being especially dangerous for beginners is well taken. I hadn't really thought about it that way.

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Thanks for the warm welcome! I actually got into coins through my job; I'm a content writer for a coin company (Gainesville Coins), so hopefully I can offer some insights through my experiences with coins, and pick up some pointers from other members to help me get deeper into collecting.

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Thanks for the warm welcome! I actually got into coins through my job; I'm a content writer for a coin company (Gainesville Coins), so hopefully I can offer some insights through my experiences with coins, and pick up some pointers from other members to help me get deeper into collecting.

 

Nice. Sounds like a job that I would enjoy. Glad you're here.

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