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How to sell coins

Many people have asked me to buy their coins, so before we go any further let me clarify that I'm not a dealer. I don't buy and sell coins. Coin collecting is my hobby, not my business.

Now, I've already talked about how to buy coins, now I'll discuss how to sell them.

Let's say you have some coins you want to sell. You may have a collection from a parent's or grandparent's estate, you may have found some old coins in the attic or you may have been a long time collector who has decided you no longer want to collect coins. Whatever the reason, the time has come for you to sell them. It really doesn't matter how you got them because the end result is the same: you want to get the most money for your coins as quickly and conveniently as possible.

Now let's shift to the perspective of a coin dealer. You're in the business to enjoy a hobby you love while at the same time make a decent living. When you buy coins, you need to be able to sell them for more money than you paid in order to make a profit and keep yourself in business. You most likely travel to shows around the country to buy and sell coins and may run a shop somewhere to house your inventory.

So, we have a bit of a problem because the coin collector will often go to a price guide (like NCGS's coin price guide) to see how much their coin is worth. Then they'll take it down to a dealer or contact one online and ask them how much they'll pay for the coin. When they hear the price, they think they're getting ripped off. The truth of the matter is that a dealer is only going to pay the wholesale price for the coin, not retail.

Lesson number one is, "You're almost never going to get a coin's retail price at a dealer."

I mean nothing else by that statement except to give you a fair expectation so you aren't disappointed. That's how coin dealers stay in business.

Selling your coin to a coin dealer is not your only option. You can sell your coins on eBay or Overstock coin auctions to try to get retail values for your coins, but it's not nearly as easy.

The best way to sell coins online is to have photographs of them and getting high quality photographs of your coins can take time. You could offer all your coins at once as a bulk lot, but you run the risk of selling a valuable coin at far less than its real value.

In the end, it's up to you what you do with the coins you want to liquidate.

In summary, if you want to sell them as quickly and easily as possible, find a reputable dealer (being a lifetime member of the ANA is a good sign), and ask them to give you a price for the whole lot.

If you want to get as much as possible for your coins and are willing to put a little elbow grease into the process, selling your coins on eBay may be the way to go for you.

Whatever you decide, make sure not to clean the coins. It's a sure fire way to reduce the value of your coins.






Reader comments

Hi guys,
I wanna sell my whole collection of 53 countries....Its not that i want to , but I'm in dire need...my dad needs a kidney transplant....If u r intrested mail me at bcube_18@yahoo.co.in

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I want to sell my penney collection, my number is 602-526-0108. below is a list of what I have.

I have a collection of rare pennys,
1916-D
1918
1920
1925-D
1929
1929-D1941
1941-D
1941-S
1942
1942-D
1942-S
1943 "STEEL"
1943-D STEEL
1944
1944-D
1944-S
1945
1945-D
1946
1946-D1946-S
1947
1947-D
1947-S
1948
1948-D
1948-S
1949
1949-D
1950
1950-D
1950-S
1951
1951-D
1951-S
1952
1952-D
1952-S
1953
1953-D
1954-D
1954-S
1955
1955-D
1956
1956-D
1957
1957-D
1958
1958-D
1959-D
1960-D
1961
1961-D
1962
1962-D

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I want to sell my collection of old coins. Anyone interested can contact me at miassid@yahoo.com or call me at 291-7-137785

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Hello!
I have a lot of Morgan Silver Dollars to sell including the 1884 Uncirculated Carson City Silver Dollar! Email me if you are interested in anything!
thanks
Desiree

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I have some OLD US UK Indian and Pakistani coins to sell due to some of my domestic problems

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hey i have some old SAMBO'S COINS. There not made anymore and they are very rare. They are uncirculated and are still in there package. if intrested email me at chaterbox1210@yahoo.com

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I want to sell one rupee india 1818
so, How i can?

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I whant to sell my old rare silver dollar coins here is the list
from:1795
to: 1906
call me or email me:
(323)424-8995
liluzak_darkexcalibur@hotmail.com

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I've some OLD US coins to sell due to some of my personal problems.
One of them is : US Coint 1795 Flowing half
Please email me at
: na_tralala (at)ya. hoooo (dot) com (dot) sg

Or call me +6285264222602 (Batam island, Indonesia)

I will inform u detail of it.

Regards,
Diana

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I want to sell my coin collection! Lots of Indian head pennies (1898-1908), buffalo nickels, Morgan Silver dollars and many dimes, quarters, nickels and pennies prior to 1964.

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How do you find out how much your old coins are worth?

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Rita: The best source I know of is http://pcgs.com/prices/

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Hello Iam selling a 1793 Carolus IIII Dei Gratia coin.It is really antique and really valuable if intrested email back

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hello
Im a kenyan with variety of coins like 50 cent and 10 cents if you wish then contact me back.Most of them are for queen Elizebth

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hello
Im a kenyan with variety of coins like 50 cent and 10 cents if you wish then contact me back.Most of them are for queen Elizebth

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I have a 1955 steel penny can any one tell me about this penny

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Hi There
I have got my late Fathers coin collection which I would like to sell.
The collection is of all British pre decimal coins. There are each type of coin ie. Fathings,Half Pennies,Pennies, Three pennies.(Joeies) Six pences.(Tanner)Shillings.(English & Scottish) Florins. Half Crowns.Also other coins which I'm not sure what they are.
There are many consecutive dates in each coin type.(Sorry they are to numerous to write down.)
Also 7 x 10/- notes one has a serial number of
15J 777777 on it and 1 x £1 note with H30 277777.
Also I have a ten shilling note which was folded up into the shape of a ring with the 10/- sign on the top, this was done by the late famous Origarmie folding gentleman.I think his name was Robin Hardy or Harding,he used to be on TV.
Anyway I really would like to sell the collection but would not like to be ripped off.
Can anyone help me find someone that would be geniune as I do not know where to start looking.
Kind Regards Irene

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I have old silver dollars for sale and various other old coins. Please call if interested. 608-387-4780.

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Hello my friends :)
;)

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hi this is nasir from india i have 600 years old coins and i want sell them please guide me

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I Have $80.50 in pennies all rolled $30.50 are from 60's to 80's, Others unk cause they have been rolled for many years.Asking 3 cents apiece for them.Shipping to be determined..If interested contact me at Kentuckyrose101@yahoo.com

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hi, i have an 1845 seated liberty dollar(no motto) with CC under the eagle.. can you guys tell me how much it worth? im from the philippines

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hi, i have an 1845 seated liberty dollar(no motto) with CC under the eagle.. can you guys tell me how much it worth? im from the philippines

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hi, i have an 1845 seated liberty dollar(no motto) with CC under the eagle.. can you guys tell me how much it worth? im from the philippines

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hi, i have an 1845 seated liberty dollar(no motto) with CC under the eagle.. can you guys tell me how much it worth? im from the philippines

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hi, i have an 1845 seated liberty dollar(no motto) with CC under the eagle.. can you guys tell me how much it worth? im from the philippines

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hi, i have an 1845 seated liberty dollar(no motto) with CC under the eagle.. can you guys tell me how much it worth? im from the philippines this is my email add tylerdigler@yahoo.com

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hi there i have a Queen elizebeth II,1955 two pence coin and want to know if anyone wants to by it

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i have a 1981 DG REG FD Elizabeth II 50 pence coin buy it please

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1985 20 pence value

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i hav a repvbblica italiana L.100 R 1978 coin im sellin it

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1955 (RARE!) FID DEF two shillings coin

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Hey everyone,

I am selling a large collection of coins that spread from many buffolo nickles to 1819 coins, many ranging from 1880 to 2000. Many half dollars, many wheat pennies, and so much more. Please contact me at marke91@aol.com. Thank You

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I have many Olympic commemorative coins and banknotes Out of printin in China.I want to sell item in low prices. they have first-class and good quality.Address:zhangbingqian8888@yahoo.cn

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I want to sell an 1818 coin made by East India Company and has the Ram family on the other side
One Anna Copper colour.

interested person contact on 9836472624

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Thanks dear, this subject is very helpful

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Hi,

I am having a large collection of antique items like coins (various countries, George V, VI, Edward VII, Victoria, Sawai Mansingh, Jeevaji Rao Shinde Alija Bahudur Gwalior, very rare and very old), stamps, postcards (very rare and unique of various countries), and antique books (rare books of legendary authors (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Maxim Gorkey, Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, O'Henry, and many more), all very, very old original editions).

You can contact me at sk_singhal_astropalmist@yahoo.co.in

S.K.Singhal
Jodhpur

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hi! i have an old coin who had a marking of VTRAQUE VNUM 1734 and on the other side says REX PHILIP VDC HISPAN ET IND. can i know how much this coin cost? any idea? in this rare? antique? email me as soon as possible if your interested if you would'nt mind thanks..

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i have old coins and i want to sell pls contact +919820531368

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HELLO FRIENTS ,
IM SARAVANAN FROM INDIA TAMILNADU .I HAVE SELL VERY OLD INDIA COINS FOR 500 YEARS AGO &BRITISH INDIAN COINS MORE VALUE COINS AVAILABLE HERE CONTACT NO :- +919442419446

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I have a really large coin collection that I need to sell. My Mother lives in another state and I need to get her and my step father moved back with me. Step father is really sick.
I do have alot of Sunsan B's (I really used her to teach my Granddaughters about life.)

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i have two coins
description:
half-dollar year 1945 and 1943 silver

I want to sale , where can I go?

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Hi, I have a penny 1881H *obverse Freeman 9 and reverse Freeman M. Can anyone let me know how much it's worth, thank you. There are only five known in the world, I believe I have the sixth. Email me please leramolony@yahoo.com.au

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hi, I WANT TO SELL MY OLD COINS,I HAVE LINCON CENT1995 USA.SIKH COIN OF GURUGOBIND SINGH FROM ONE SIDE AND GURU NANAK WITH MARDANA OTHER SIDE.MUGHAL COINS.KING GEORGE 5TH COIN OF INDIA .ANNAS.1 PICE OF HORSE SIMBOL COIN ETC..IF ANY ONE INTERESTED PLZ CALL AT 9297689148/OR U CAN MAIL ME RAVINDER_BASSAN2003@YAHOO.COM

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I want 2 sell my old Elizabeth.II.Dg.coins nickles,pennies,one-pound,which is not made anymore and they are very rare and in good condition.You can reach me by e-mail lonjejude01@gmail.com.

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hi i have a collection of 43 coins i wanna sell them it includes very rare indian african and british coin and a sant kartar coin of 1804 pls contact me at 9987257252

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Hello, I have a collection of old coins that my mother gave me she recently found and forgot she owned stored in our old family home. They range from a 2$ 1953 series bill with red ink, 1892 indian head penny, number of silver dimes 1946-1965, 1936 & 1965 quarter, 5 bufflo head nickels with only one with date I can read of 1920, 7 Susan B. Anthony dollars, 5 Kennedy half dollar and a number of old pennies. If interested email me at flyguy5614@msn.com

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Dear Sir. I would like to contact. I have tow old silver coins, half dollar and victoria queen one rupee.

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Dear Sir. I would like to contact. I have three old silver coins,1903 half dollar and 1835victoria queen one rupee 1902 one dollar us liberty. Pl contact my personal number mob+8801815020905. E-mail -arakan.protection@gmail.com

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All are circulated coins: contact thornes1831@yahoo.com

1879 morgan dollar 2
1898 morgan dollar 1
1921 morgan dollar 2
1922 peace dollar 4
1923 peace dollar 1
1887 - O morgan dollar 2
1897 - O morgan dollar 1
1899 - O morgan dollar 1
1909 VDB penny 1
1921 - S morgan dollar 2
1923 - D peace dollar 1
1976 - D silver dollar 2
1964 half dollar 2
1967 half dollar 2
1969 half dollar 1
1948 half dollar 1
1971 silver dollar 5
1972 silver dollar 2
1976 silver dollar 1

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have lots of good looking coins to sell morgan, walking liberty, 1909 to 1969 pennies

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nss.michael@yahoo.com have lots of good looking coins to sell mrogan, walking liberty, 1909 to 1969 pennies

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Sir
i understood that you don't buy or sell coins
But I have very important peice
I am staying In Saudi Arabia, Riyadh city, when my grandfather died i found lots of coins (original coins) 100%, gold dollar1854 one of the coins i have.
So, I want to sell it but not through web site like ebay.
Can you help me

Thank you

My E-mail is hbeebe@hotmail.com
Mobile : +966546607727

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SELL ALL MY COINS, EVERYTHING GOES. ALL FOREIGN
ALL OR NOTHING, GOT SOME VERY NICE COINS,
I WANT $2500.00 FOR THEM ALL. I HAVE MANY
COINS , GOING INTO BUSINESS FOR MYSELF, AND
GIVING UP COIN COLLECTING.
MOST UNC, XP,VF, HARD TO FIND COINS.NO PAPER
MONEY, OR GOLD COINS, SOME CLEANED.
I LIVE IN THE PITTSBURGH, PA. AREA.
PHONE AFTER 5:00 PM DAILY, 1-724-628-7271
OR E-MAIL ME ANY TIME. I HAVE TO SELL WITHIN
2 WEEKS FROM TODAY. SO HURRY AND PURCHASE
SEMPER FI

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i have lot of lod coins thats belongs to Tranquebar (Tamil Nadu). You want buy it contact me any time

mobile: +91 9965912363
Office: +91 4365235201

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Hi,
I have around 100 to 150 old coins with me, which I want to sell. The coins range includes, anna's,one paise, two paise, five paise, ten paise, twenty paise, five and 10 rupee coins, some with victoria emblem, with asiad emblem and a lot more.

If anyone is interested please contact me through my mail address.(sanchandy@yahoo.com)

regards
Muthukumaran

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Hi All,
I have lots of old coins and i want to sell them please contact me: +91-9999900249

Thanks & regards,
Viveck Singh

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I WOULD LIKE TO SELL MY COINS. EXAMPLES: ALL THESE ARE UNCIRCULATED: 1881-S MORGAN DOLLAR, 1944-D LINCOLN WHEAT PENNY, 1964 WASHINGTON QUARTER,1945-S JEFFERSON WARTIME DIME, 1950-D ROOSEVELT DIME, 1960 FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR, 1976-D KENNEDY 50C CN CLAD HALF DOLLAR, 1979-P SUSAN B. & OTHER CIRCULATED COINS. I ALSO HAVE A UNCIRCULATED 1935E AND 1957B $1 SILVER CERTIFICATES. IN ADDITION I FOUND A SMALL HANDFUL OF FOREIGN COINS IN MY BACKYARD, MOST OF THEM SAY JULIANA KONINGIN DER NEDERLANDEN ON THE FRONT WITH VARIATIONS OF 1 G, 2 G, 25 CENT, OR 10 CENT ON THE BACK. THERE IS ALSO SOME THAT SAY BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ON THE FRONT(?) WITH 2 , 10 OR 5 ON THE BACK(?). PLEASE CONTACT VIA E-MAIL AT driscoll728@yahoo.com. THANK YOU.

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Hi there! I have a couple of coins that i have no interest for. I would like to sell them. if there is anyone out there that is intrested in buying coins please give me a call at 818-579-3132

I have a 1851 and 1800 coin.

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Hi there! I have a couple of coins that i have no interest for. I would like to sell them. if there is anyone out there that is intrested in buying coins please give me a call at 818-579-3132

I have a 1851 and 1800 coin.

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I have a alot of nelson Mandela Coins. They have really gone up in price and they are all very good investments and Rare. Ive got coins from 1994 when Nelson Mandela was released from Prison. Got Proof coins from 60 and the highest coin i have is 68. Also have Inaugurations coins of Nelson and his 90th bday coins that are new and uncirculated and minted. All these coins are checked and graded by NGC. For more information please contact me on my email address Gregory_g20@hotmail.com

Thanks

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Hi
i have a lot of britaniar,india and mauritian coins 1808-1978
want to sell all please contact on my email address suh277@yahoo.com need your help because i really need money Thank.

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RARE - 1955 Two Shillings FID: DEF:
For Sale
508-341-9048

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hey i have mohars of akbar's time i am a citezen of india and i wanna sell them as we have no need of them
The mohars are engraved in some language of old period

My contact no i 91-9838300300
if you are intrested plese call us on the above no

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hi,,, i have 700 ago antique coin from india its very rarelly caought .
i wann sell all coins pls contact me 09850043222

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Hi,

I Find to Buy East India Silver Indian 1 Rupee Coin, 1818, Victoria Queen in Back Side.

If You Intrested to Sell, Please Contact With Me By E-mail: akiranku.king@gmail.com, +91-9338576205

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I have a lot of collection of indian old coin which I have got in my grandmother. Now I want to sell them. If you interested in this so please mail me.


vijay Goyal

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i have a VOC COIN 1736 which have to be sell.if anyone is willing to buy it, please contact me on ashkar_008@yahoo.com.

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i have a VOC COIN 1736 which have to be sell.if anyone is willing to buy it, please contact me on ashkar_008@yahoo.com.

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IF any one can refer me to someone who buys coin collections it would be most appriciated- This is my inheiretence so Im not trying to get ripped off here, but like everyone else in the world im in need of money too- so you can email me at: ks74360@yahoo.com

of if you on the internet alot- check out my site and send me a comment/message about this okay- this is the site im always on and checking (yes its myspace sorry)

but here's the web page: http://www.myspace.com/kdahustla

well thanks for your time- and good luck everyone! wish me the same! :) thank you!

sincerely,

~K~

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I want to sell an 1818 coin made by East India Company and has Siva& Parvathi on the other side.
interested person contact on 9786560057
& Mail ID:karthik_niro@yahoo.co.in

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I want to sell an 1965 1 Paise India coin, interested person contact on 9786560057
& Mail ID:karthik_niro@yahoo.co.in

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i have three morgan coins i would like to sell they are dated 1889,1921,1922 i would also like to know how much there worth. thanks

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ihave 3 liberty dollars 1879, 1886, 1885 and one liberty dime i think 1923 or 25 a what kind of value do these coins have thank you

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I have 3 liberty dollars 1879, 1886, 1885 and one liberty dime I think 1923 or 25 a what kind of value do these coins have thank you

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I have a huge coin collection from my father-in-laws estate. Thousands of coins. Also ancient lanna money from thailand. Anyone interesed in buying?

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hello i have many old coins which off them r 800 yeras old also i m interstd to sell them if n e one need plz contact me my number is 00923003784655 n my email id is sunnydimpleboy@hotmail.com

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SOS ASAP-I have extensive coin collection and paper money-dire need of money-please contact will sell best offer (416) 875-6988 call anytime

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I am an eBay consignment seller who specializes in selling US coins & coin collections on consignment. My fees are reasonable & you will realize a higher price for your coins than if you sell to a dealer. Feel free to call (513)256-8548, email drewspae@aol.com or visit my website for more information.

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I have a US silver $1.00 from 1848 with the Lady of Liberty sitting. Looking to sell. Please contact at lesliejo1982@yahoo.com. Thanks a million:)

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hi want to sell my old coins i really
needs money please contact me suh277@yahoo.com
thank

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