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I recently won a few auction lots of world coins, and I was having fun going through them this evening. It's inexpensive fun with some surprises mixed in! I found mostly British coins, although there were a number of other countries (including two US coins 😄) I expected dates mostly in the 20th century, and that is the majority, but still I was pleasantly surprised to find a number of coins from the 1800's and EVEN some from the 1700's! They're in pretty poor shape of course, but still, how cool is that?!

Here is a small sampling of the ones I've picked out. The George II is the oldest I've found, but I also found a few George III coins, including a 1780 HIBERNIA half penny. The Victoria half-penny has got some good honest wear on it but it's still nice for 1862. Then there's the better-than-average George V penny (WWI-dated issue), a well-preserved Vichy 2-franc coin struck under Nazi occupation. The last coin looks better than the photos show. It's a really sharp half penny, 1948. I like the reverse depiction of Sir Francis Drake's ship, the Golden Hind.

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I know some of you enjoy world coin treasure hunting! Let's see some of your favorite finds!

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I am really, really behind on even sorting through my world coins, but even before I got into ancients I bought probably a few thousand world coins in all sorts of mixed lots from many different buyers.

One of my favorite lots was listed as "Japan vacation money" on the order of ¥10,000 in mostly ¥100 and ¥500 coins. Except it was mostly commemoratives! I won the lot for a little under exchange at the time ($100ish) which was 1/2 to 1/3 of what it was worth. Several of the ¥500 coins were counted as ¥100 which made it even sweeter.

That nearly completed my modern Japanese type set in one fell swoop.


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The 1879 UK narrow date penny (R) was a junk bin find.  On the left is the normal version for comparison.  It's very worn, but scarce enough I'm happy to have one in any condition.  I didn't even realize it was a scarce variety when I grabbed it as part of a larger lot of UK coppers at 10 cents each.

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