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I've had a look at the Golden Pages and it lists these few:

Bygone Days, Arcade Market, Georges St.
The Collector Den, Powerscourt SC
The Collectors Shop, Blackrock Market, Main St
Cultural Collection of Ireland, Fitzwilliam Square
and then a bloke called Mike Kelly with just a phone number.

The one in the Arcade Market is just the little stall mostly selling books, and then with a box of coins, isn't it?

Anyone tell me what the others are like? From their names, they presumably don't specialise in coins and maybe just have a little box full of them. The Cultural Collection of Ireland sounds interesting though. What is that?

dj_quinn Registered User

I'm a coin collector myself and have yet to find a good coin dealer in Ireland. What are you looking for, to purchase or to have your coins graded and valued?

Bernard Hopkins Registered User

good place to try is v-coins


my friend used to buy from thiese guys and was pleased

dj_quinn Registered User

Thanks Bernard. I actually have been buying US gold coins, old key date coins, on ebay. I've had good experiences buying on ebay but make sure that the grade is clearly identfied before you bid.

Bernard Hopkins Registered User

ahhh,....... I'd be very cautious about coins on ebay !!!

just make sure that you are experienced enough to spot the fakes.
The better the fakes,..the more money the faker reaps, and they are pretty good at it.

gold is gold,... so thats a good start, but the ancient coins are heavily faked.

provinence is helpful,.. and buying from somebody like "Spinks" you know you are getting the real deal,...but you will have to pay a lot extra !

Blade Moderator

The dealers here are just a shower of chancers, you'll find the decent ones all come from either the North or England. Theres a big coin fair coming up in October at the RDS where there'll be dealers from the UK. I specialise in Irish coins, if theres anything you need to know about them give me a shout. I know a little bit about Roman coins too but thats as far as it goes.

John S Doyle Registered User

Just read the replies.

Some are a bit unfair - its obvious that the people hadn't been to the collectors shop in blackrock. Labelling all Irish coin dealers as a bunch of chancers is particularly unfair and inaccurate. Many of them have been dealing for several decadres and have a solid knowledge of their subject.

Furthermore, when you see an eBay dealer selling a 1954 halfcrown for $175 and describes it as a "key date" you know you have to be very careful when buying via the internet.

This guy has a good stock of Irish, British and European coins. He trades every weekend - as opposed to the many dealers that turn up twice a year at the RDS Coin Fair with their inflated prices.

I visit the collectors shop every two weeks and always find something. His prices are keen and he actually knows a bit about his coins. I suggest you all try visiting his shop.

You get to see the coins and examine them at your leisure. You also get a personalised service from someone that makes time for all collectors and answers their questions. He is especially polite to children and there is always a parent with child in his shop whenever I visit.

GUNMONEY Registered User

There is another coin dealer just off O'Connell st in Dublin.
Cathedral Stamps
8 Cathedral Street
Dublin 1

Stocks lots of Euro and Irish coins, plus Linder accessories for both coins and stamps

For those outside the big smoke you have the O'Donnell fairs that do some major town and cities about twice a year.
As for ripping off/chancers you must remember, it's from a buyers point of view. All buyers want to buy coins for €€ and sell for €€€€. Dealers have to have a mark up on the coins they buy, it called making a profit just like your local pub or shop.
Ignorance is another thing, collectors should school themselves for there hobby, it normally pays off

Anyone interested in Irish or Euro coins PM me.
Also interested in Irish Numismatic publications both soft and hard copies.

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Blade Moderator

That you Declan?

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GUNMONEY Registered User

No, just one of his customers

Blade Moderator

Sending you a PM...

GUNMONEY Registered User

my first pm

barrarua Registered User

Hi Lads
My mother is interested in getting a large number of old irish coins valued; my father collected them over his life time but never knew their true value.
Could you recommend a honest dealer to make a valuation, and maybe advise what she should do; bring a few coins, a whole box?; catalogue them, but there's a large number of coins and it would take ages?
I live in Australia and I am trying to get some information for her and I would appreciate your advice.

GUNMONEY Registered User

The first thing to do is to tell her leave them as they are, don't clean them, don't do anything to them. Leave them as they are.
I would make a list of the coins and books etc of the collection, if she knows what they are, if not there are cheap referance books available in easons to help her out. Also the prices in these books are what you would be expected to pay not what you will get if you sell them, also read to read the prices from left to right not jump to coins listed UNC/FDC more than likely the condition of the coins are in the first 2 prices lsted for "F" fine and "VF" Very fine. If they are pre decimal 1928 to 1969 and if the coins are like new they are worth a lot, only the 1943 halfcrown 2/6 and florin 2s in used condition are worth more.
I'll send you a pm.

telecinesk Registered User

For what its worth, Brian in Bygone Days in Georges st arcade, is good. I have had dealings with him over the years and his predecessor was also ok. No chancer at all and the books are a good distraction too if you can sneak them back into the house adding to ones clutter.

Worth a visit if you have enough time to chat with him, and rummage through his stuff in the boxes all around the stall. Hes a good one for sure, fountain of knowledge.

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