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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 6, February 8, 2015, Article 15

FOLLOW-UP ON SEARCH FOR CURRENT WORLD COINS

Jeff Starck of Coin World writes:

In the January 25 edition, Nick Graver inquired about new issues distributors, specifically for two new coins.

The Hungarian Mint does indeed have an official distributor here in the United States, and that is Arthur Friedberg (of the Gold Coin book fame). Art operates the Coin & Currency Institute (www.coin-currency.com), which also distributes coins from Germany’s mints, Belgium and Portugal, among others.

Because of the very focused nature of Hungarian coins, Coin World doesn’t report on them frequently, but when there is a theme of broader appeal we will share stories and direct collectors toward the appropriate distributor.

I am certain that Coin & Currency Institute can satisfy Mr. Graver’s request for the Hungarian coin.

Unfortunately, the Bulgarian Mint and National Bank do not have dedicated distributors here in the U.S., as far as I am aware. They were set up at the World Money Fair last week, though. European distributors or eBay are the most likely sources for that coin.

Best of luck to Mr. Graver on his search!

Nick Graver writes:

Once again, the E-Sylum fraternity has come through with impressive help and amazing speed.

Fellow reader Paul J. Bosco quickly suggested foreign coin specialist Lauren Benson. Richard Benson, of that firm expects to have the Bulgarian piece later in the year. He suggested Arthur L. Friedberg of the Coin & Currency Institute, official distributor of Hungarian issues. Friedberg kindly sent beautiful illustrations of the 2000 Ft piece.

Then E-Sylum reader Dave Hirt wrote from Budapest, offering to go buy the Hungarian coins, which he subsequently did, in both the 10,000 Ft and 2,000 Ft. denominations! Such thoughtful assistance is very much appreciated. We will have several new pieces for our Photographic Numismatic collection and established new friends as well.

Dave Hirt writes:

The coin comes in two denominations : 10,000Ft in .925 silver, proof, and 2000Ft in copper-nickel, BU. I got a set for Nick and liked them so much, I bought a set for myself. The Budapest mint puts out some very nice products.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JANUARY 25, 2015 : Dealer in Current World Coins Sought (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n04a09.html)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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