Your Questions About Silver Foreign Coins

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John asks…

where can I find a free list of all foreign coins containing silver?

I am looking for a list that will tell me all foreign coins and what they are made out of. Anyone know of a site?

financi4 answers:

There is no such thing. As it is now it takes 6 large catalogs to cover 1601-2011 the catalogs are from $45 to $70 each. It would be very expensive to have such a site and keep it up. I think the publishers of the books Krause/Mishler may have the contents on their site but it will cost you. Keeping up with coins and stamps is not easy, for catalogs are still more in use than the web and one has to be careful of the web, due to a lot of misinformation. All of the advanced and middle collectors of coins I know, stick to books, they like hard copies. The first rule to coin collecting besides do not clean coins is to buy the book before the coin.

David asks…

Best Foreign Junk Silver Coins?

I like to collect us junk silver, but I’m getting a little bored of it and would like some variety. I know nothing about foreign coins. Which are good ones to look for on eBay for close to melt value? I prefer larger coins, similar in size to a Morgan Dollar if possible. Even if I have a slightly harder time reselling them, I’d like to accumulate some foreign coins that are still fairly recognizable to US dealers. Please let me know which coins I’d have the best chance of getting a good deal on, thanks!

financi4 answers:

Here are my personal favorites:
Mexico silver pesos and 8 reales coins, 1914 and earlier. Actually a tiny bit larger and finer than US silver dollars.
Mexico Libertad 1 ounce silver coins. I collect them by date, and I can get them at banks in Tijuana for around $4 over spot. See the web site below for the current price (in Mexican pesos – this is actually the web site for the bank where I buy them):
http://www.bancoazteca.com.mx/PortalBancoAzteca/medios/plataLibertad.do
Canada silver Maple leaf 1 Ounce coins. Also collectible by date.

Daniel asks…

are there any foreign coins that contain a high amount of silver in them?

i collect silver coins mostly american us coins but i have a lot of foreign coins and im wondering if any are silver or a high silver content

financi4 answers:

May I suggest you borrow a copy of Krause’s Standard Catalog of World Coins from your local library and look through it. The books cost $65 or so each which is why I said go to a library. You are probably going to have to go back to 1950 and older to find coins with much silver in them. Unless you are looking for modern bullion coins.

Good luck.

Mark asks…

how do I tell if a foreign coin coin I have is silver?

A few years back I received an Asian coin from an individual at a gun and knife show. i was wondering how to tell if said coin is silver or not. i cant find a picture of it online.

financi4 answers:

Kraus catalog would help, you do not have to buy it, just go to the library. ALternatively, you may consider making picture of it and sending to collector (you can send it to me if you wish) or upload to the forums on coins at yahoo groups, or others if you wish.

Ken asks…

How do i find the foreign coin value of a 1945 morgan silver dollar?

What are some sites where i can find the values of my foreign coins? So far i have only been able to find information at http://www.foreigncoinvalues.net

financi4 answers:

Even the best free site with real values – and I don’t know of any, only sites that require paying a fee – isn’t going to help you with a coin you can’t identify correctly. There is no such thing as a 1945 Morgan dollar.

Donald asks…

How to reverse the effect of soaking silver coins in lemon juice?

As a child, I soaked pennies in lemon juice to clean them but didn’t consider I may need a different solution to clean silver coins. Long story short, I soaked all my father’s coins he had collected from foreign countries and was appalled when they came out with a rainbow, aerodescent discoloration. Is there any way to reverse my mistake from many years ago?

financi4 answers:

You cannot.

Never use cleaners for jewelery or silver/copper/brass.

Http://coins.about.com/od/caringforcoins/ht/cleancoins.htm

Thomas asks…

Identifying silver non-US coins?

How do I tell if a foreign coin has silver in it? A local antique store has some foreign coins and I was wondering if they had any silver coins in there and didn’t know. I noticed some Pesos for example, what year was the last for a silver peso? Is there a site to help with this? The only site I am aware of is coinflation.com, but they only talk about US & Canadian whereas I need help with rest of the world stuff.

financi4 answers:

To tell if a foreign coin has silver in it you have to identify the country it is from and the date it was minted. Once you know the name of the coin, i.e. Peso, ore, yen, then you can learn the history of the coin. Your best bet to determine actual value is by using a book guide like the U.S. Blue Book of Coins which is published annually.

Many factors make a coin worth collecting other than the metal it is comprised of, although a high gold or silver content will definitely make it more valuable. Coins with striking errors – small and limited flaws during the minting process – are also highly sought. If you are looking to start a collection its a good idea to join a numismatic society which will provide additional resources and information.

In 1957, new 1-peso coins were issued in .100 silver. This series contained 1.6 g of silver per peso. A special 1 peso was minted in 1957 to commemorate Benito Juárez and the constitution of 1857. These were the last silver pesos. The 5-peso coin now weighed 18 grams and was still 0.720 silver; the 10-peso coin weighed 28 grams and was in 0.900 silver.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_peso

George asks…

I have two foreign coins and I want to know their worth?

I have a 2004 Aruba coin and a $.10 Canada coin that was made in the year 1985. How much are they worth (in U.S. currency)? The Aruba coin is silver and says “Aruba” on the front with a seal which I assume is the coat of arms of Aruba. It has the letter I (I think) and the name Florin. One the back, it has a side headshot of Beatrix der Nederlanden. Help me out, please!

financi4 answers:

The Aruba coin is a 1 Florin piece, with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on it. It has a value of around .60 Cents.

The Canadian dime is worth .15 Cents in Extra Fine.

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