Collectible Foreign Coins
Collectible Foreign Coins can be found in a Variety of Places!
Collectible foreign coins are a favorite collectors item amongst frequent travelers. But you do not need to travel to various countries to collect their coins. With numerous sources available for collectors, collectible foreign coins have become more accessible. Numismatists, as coin collectors are known, are fascinated by collectible foreign coins for more than just their monetary value, as they also provide a glimpse into the culture and history of various nations.
Before you run out to buy collectible foreign coins, proper study needs to be done about the various denominations, mint names as well as monarch names, as they all play a significant role in coins. One great way to increase knowledge is refer to the many books available on this subject. For novice collectors, 'Coin collecting for dummies', by Ron Guth, is a great book. Other books include, the 'Eyewitness Guide: Money', by Joe Cribb, which is great to learn about the evolution of money and coins around the world and 'Collecting World Coins', by Chester Krause. Another resource for information and tips is the Internet, where you could refer to expert websites, or even online collector groups.
Collectible foreign coins can be found in a variety of places, including coin shops, which usually keep boxes full of foreign coins, sifting through these can sometimes yield invaluable pieces. Look up the yellow pages for local coin shops. Another great source is coin shows, where dealers either display coins from specific regions, or collectible foreign coins. Coin shows are also a great place to meet other numismatists and exchange information. Apart from these, the internet is also a great place to get some great collectible foreign coins, sitting right at home. Ebay is one of the most popular online marketplaces, where thousands of sellers display their collections. But be careful to check the authenticity of the seller as well as the item before you buy anything.
After you have begun collecting, you will notice that it is not feasible to keep all your collectible foreign coins in a box, as they will soon begin to erode. Not only is direct contact to air damaging, frequent handling, and scratching by other coins, can also severely damage the face of the coins. For the purpose of storage, collectors can make use of hard-plastic holders, which can then be stored in a box. Albums are another popular means of storage of coins, but you will have to make sure that any surface touching the coins is free of all harmful materials, like sulfur, found in cardboard.
Keep all these in mind, and do not ever stop learning, as that is the only way to become an expert on collectible foreign coins.