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Old 06-10-2016, 09:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Inherited about 100 canadian coins, not sure what to do with them.

My grandfather passed away a few years back and I inherited his coin collection. No one in my family collects coins, and no one had an affinity to them to really keep them. I used this site (Coins and Canada - Canadian coins price guide, value, errors and varieties) to just find out some information about the coins, but, not being a coin person, its hard to tell where the coins would grade. There seems to be a lot of effort if you are not already in that world to figure out what to do with them, so I wanted to post here and get some quick tips on it. I don't want to just blindly sell them with little knowledge on it, but, I also don't want to spend the next two years researching the qualities of each one. So I am unsure what my avenues are.

Everyone wants photos, and i'll post some later today.

Edit: Added a few photos below. Oldest coin is a 1859 penny.





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Hey mate, Canadian coin collector here.

Your best bet might be to go to www.coincommunityforum.com and ask for help in the Canadian section. Lots of friendly and knowledgeable people there.

A few other options: A lot of libraries, even in the US, have copies of the Charlton Catalog of Canadian Coins by W.K. Cross which is the standard price guide. ISBN number is 9780889683716 for this year's edition.

Lots of photos and help.

Alternatively you can have a look at Barnes and Nobles or a magazine stand and see if they carry Canadian Coin News, a biweekly paper that costs 3 bucks or so. There is an updated price guide in there called Trends.

You can also usually find a local club that are almost always happy to have guests and do appraisals- and often auctions for a small fee. Or you can let them have a look and make offers on your coins.

And a super quick list of things to look for:

Victoria coins(1859-1901) are getting red hot right now.

The 1858 20 cent piece is a one year type and fairly valuable.

Any coins dated 1948 are quite valuable(silver dollar in good shape is $1000 plus CDN) as not many were made.

1921 silver 5 cent and 50 cent will buy you a decent car.

Dates to have a closer look at:

1965(some valuable varieties)
1967 silver dollar rotated goose
1973 25 cent- can be a "large bust" worth a few hundred bucks
1974 nickel dollar has some good double yoke strikes
Errors are getting hot right now as well. Clips, offstrikes, die rotations

Good luck, and if you have any questions or really good looking coins feel free to PM me!
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Thanks for all the information, Fenian95. My issue with any price guide is knowing the grade of the coin to begin with, though the price ranges are pretty close to give me an understanding of a general price. I will go look for that book and see if they happen to have it at the library. If not, it may be worth just picking it up while I research these.
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