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Coin Dealers in Dublin

  • 14-08-2007 11:48am
    Registered Users Posts: 2,267 ✭✭✭ Exit

    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?



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26 ✭✭✭ dj_quinn

    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?

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 404 ✭✭ Bernard Hopkins

    good place to try is v-coins

    my friend used to buy from thiese guys and was pleased

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26 ✭✭✭ dj_quinn

    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.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 404 ✭✭ Bernard Hopkins

    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 !

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Music Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 4,489 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Blade

    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.

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1 John S Doyle

    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.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 37 ✭✭✭ GUNMONEY

    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:D:D:D

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

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Music Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 4,489 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Blade

    That you Declan? :)

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 37 ✭✭✭ GUNMONEY

    No, just one of his customers

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Music Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 4,489 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Blade

    Sending you a PM...

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 37 ✭✭✭ GUNMONEY

    :cool: my first pm:D

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1 barrarua

    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.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 37 ✭✭✭ GUNMONEY

    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.

  • Registered Users Posts: 617 ✭✭✭ telecinesk

    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.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 78 ✭✭✭ hippychippy

    You mention the 1943 half crown, just found one in a box of coins at home, what would you say that's worth??? Actually there must be a couple of hundred coins here, ranging in condition, lots of English and Irish pennies, 1895, 1897, 1902, 1904. There are also lots of coins with very little markings, just pronounced edges. American silver dollars, should I get these valued???

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Music Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 4,489 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Blade

    Just in case theres any confusion, it's the Irish half crown with the horse of 1943 that's quite valuable. However it's all about condition, they would generally start from around 150 Euro upwards to a few thousand Euro for an uncirculated example. If you post a clear scan of both sides of this coin I can give you a proper valuation on it. If it's English forget it.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 78 ✭✭✭ hippychippy

    Well it has definitely been circulated, it is not shining new or anything like it, it's quite dark, but yes it is the 1943 coin with the horse on it, i'll try to scan on a couple of pics tomorrow

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Music Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 4,489 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Blade

    OK don't try to clean it or anything.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15 ✭✭✭ fidler23

    hi guys

    My dad has just given me a load of old irish coins dating form 1920-1965 I havent got a clue what may be worth money or whats not could anyone fill me in? whats valuable and whats not ?theres also a few english coins that he has aquired any information on old irish coins would be brill thanks a million:)

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Music Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 4,489 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Blade

    Look them up yourself at .

    Prices go by condition, I suspect your coins won't be UNCirculated unless your dad was a serious collector, so you will have to work all that out for yourself. Theres a grading guide on the site too. Or just bring them into any coin dealer and they'll tell you if theres anything of value there.

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15 ✭✭✭ fidler23

    thanks for your help blade

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1 sheila m.

    I have a Canadian gold coin to sell - where would I go to sell it? Anyone?

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,549 Judgement Day

    Check out eBay to get an idea of what price similar coins are fetching. There is a Canadian eBay site and checking tonight there were more than 2,000 Canadian coins listed on it with 100 under the heading of gold. Check it out on eBay in general as well. Don't sell it to an Irish dealer as you are unlikely to get anything worthwhile for it. :):):):)

  • Registered Users Posts: 257 ✭✭ squire23

    Hery guys,

    Just wondering if anyone can help me out. I have a 1866 British Gold Half Soveriegn in excellent condition. I have no idea how much it's worth & want to get it valued to put on my house insurance. Can anyone recommend a dealer who will give a fair valuation on the coin & not just try to rip me off by under-valuing it.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Music Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 4,489 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Blade

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 37 ✭✭✭ GUNMONEY

    You could also check the libary for
    The Sovereign
    The World's Most Famous Coin
    A History and Price Guide.
    Authors: James Mackay, Daniel Fearon and Brian Reeds
    Publisher: Hilden Publications

    There is a number at the bottom of the sheild, so some are worth more than others to a collector. I don't have this book so don't know.
    I have seen this type, not date in EF for €90.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1 Mickydazzle

    Hello, i have some 1885 silver morgan us dollars in good condition. I am looking to sell them and am looking for some advice. Wondering if you could help?

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 162 ✭✭ fugazied

    I use Ebay to price a lot of the coins that I add to my collection now. It might be wrong but it gives me a feeling for what the 'market' is wiling to pay at the moment x.gif

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1 Gordons

    wondered if anyone could give me some help.

    Just found a edward v1 irish shilling debased silver 1552. with a harp mint mark which i know to be a rare coin.So rare i cant get a value.Would grade about Fine to v Fine
    any help thanks in advance!:pac:

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 37 ✭✭✭ GUNMONEY

    First of all, If you found it, it belongs to the state and not to you. Report your find to the National Museum and where you found it, they will advise the correct action to take.

    It is rare coin alright have a look at

    Now also there are copies of this coin, so don't go running to the bank just yet.,_posthumous-ireland.htm

    Values in 2003 Spinks 6494 F £450, VF £1500. This is the price you would expect to pay for such a coin if you wanted to buy it. Selling it to a dealers you would get half that. An Auction would be your best option to sell.

    If you can send me a picture I would appreciate it.