Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How to mail coins to foreign countries

On many occasions you have to mail the coins to your friends or buyers. It is difficult to cross the boundary as there are different rules existing in different parts of the world. Here are some tips you can follow or rather a step by step advice for coin collectors around the world.I am using the following strategy for mailing parcels with coins:
  1. Wrap up coins in plastic or paper (to avoid glue from tape on coins).
  2. Fix them with tape on piece of cardboard.
  3. Wrap cardboard with aluminum foil that women are using for cooking (to avoid metal scan). Put the result into the bubbled envelope (to avoid fingering).
  4. Sending with registered mail (to decrease chances of losing the mail). Registered is not something that will bring coins day after (UPS, DHL etc.) but the one which gives you the number that might be used for the tracking of your package.
  5. Finally, it is a good idea not to be too descriptive when you are required to attach a customs form listing the contents of a package. Rather than writing "coins" on a customs form, one collector have found it quite acceptable to write "hobby supply".
My friend Tomas Diosi from Slovakia gives this bit of advice for all the collectors around the world who mail their coins for exchange etc.

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