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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 02:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

After I moved in to my house, I found an old coin. It's obviously German, and it says, DEUTSCHES REICH 1874 5 PFENNIG on one side. The other side has a good bit of wear and what looks like some sort of crest. It's about the size of a US dime.

I guess what I want to know is, is it worth anything? Does anybody here know about such things?
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 03:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Never mind. I just chased it down on Google, It's worth about $2.20. I'll hang onto it.
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Ourdee
Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 03:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

1874A - 1874G:
Looks like the A & B series are cheaper than the F & G series. Search (1874 5 PFENNIG) on ebay and look for one closest to what you have. Looks like it has to be in real good shape to break $10.00 . I am not a professional when it comes to coin values. I know a couple of U.S. high value coins, but not average or common coin values.
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Etennuly
Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 05:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

That is a fun hobby. I own a soda vending machine. Sifted through a couple of years worth of vended coins (most purchases were with bills) about twenty years ago, looking for the gold ring.

I had about $800 in various coinage. I spent over twenty hours separating, rolling, banking, and researching odd and old coins. The over face value for all of that spare time work was in the neighborhood of $26.

But hey John......there are stories of that one lucky guy find that one special coin.....
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Airbozo
Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 07:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I find several "special" coins every year I empty out my spare change bottle.

The SO and I grab a few drinks then sit and chat while we roll them up.

In the past we found a dime worth over $20, a bunch of nickles worth a couple of bucks and once we found a real silver dollar from an early pressing that netted us over $200.

To date I have to say I have made more money just picking up dropped coins instead of collectible ones.
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1313
Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 11:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Kind of timely as I helped my mom take over $700.00 in accumulated change to the bank this morning. No, we didn't look for any 'special' coins. But once they got done counting the coins at the bank, they returned with one single Canadian quarter. Foreign currency be damned!

However, this made me recall an interesting coin I found when in Germany on business in 2003. I decided to go to Munich for the weekend as the IMOT show was that weekend, as well as a more H-D oriented show just down the street. And once I got into Munich, I found that the exhibit Body Worlds was opening in Munich that Sunday - but that's a story for another time...

I went for a walk after having breakfast in the hotel - right across the street from a cemetery (how cool!) - and as I was walking down the street I found a coin on the sidewalk. It was one of those pesky foreign coins. A Czechoslovakian penny - with a date of 1939. A coin from the WWII era, from a foreign country, found on the streets of Munich - how bizarre?

I never looked up the value and have just kept it as a memento - along with the currencies from other foreign countries that I have visited.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 06:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Keep your eyes open for quarters minted between 1932 and 1964, they are 90% silver and worth some money.

Me, I save them for barter during the apocalypse.

Whenever I go to the car wash, I'll buy $100 worth of quarters and sift through them. I'd say I find one with every $200 I put in the machine. After the car wash, I just go to the credit union and drop them in the free coin star machine, money goes back in my account.
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Natexlh1000
Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 07:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I have a bizarre coin-finding story too.
My coworker and I were walking down the street at my old job in West Roxbury to get lunch.
I happened to see what I thought was a half dollar on the sidewalk.
Sweet!
Then I looked at it and saw it was a huge old half penny. I think it was English but I can't remember the details now.
Where the hell did that fall out of?
Just in the middle of the sidewalk like it was a thing someone carries around for buying bread???
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Damnut
Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 06:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

So I have this quirky coin collecting hobby............ I collect the bicentennial quarter. Don't know why but I have a good size bucket of them and I keep collecting those damn things, been doing it for years. I think it's the drummer in the back or something. LOL
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Natexlh1000
Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 09:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You too!?
Evey time I see that drummer boy, I haaave to keep it.
Been doing it since I was a kid.
I have probably $15 of them somewhere.
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Tootal
Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

This conversation reminds me of the Weird Al Yankovic movie UHF. Near the end of the movie this bum thanks the jerk TV station owner for a penny that he gave him. The jerk doesn't understand why because he gave him the penny just to be a jerk! However, the bum explained that it was a rare penny and he sold it and bought a Rolex with it. Well the jerk has been wanting a Rolex for the whole movie and now some bum has one. It was classic Karma!
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