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The edge of a coin

Have you ever noticed that many coins have engravings around their edge, usually in the shape of miniature vertical lines? These edges are usually referred to as reeded or milled in the United Kingdom, and ridged or grooved in the United States of …

The R5 Griqua Town coin

If you are a regular visitor to the bidorbuy Coins and Notes category, you may have noticed there is a relative new-comer: the R5 Griqua Town coin.   This commemorative coin was issued in 2015 by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to mark the …

Grading notes in South Africa

It's finally here!   We are all aware of the note grading companies overseas. The problem with overseas grading is the cost due to the rand/dollar rate, the time it takes to send out and receive and of course, the shipping costs. All in all it …

Spade, lion, turtle

And the first coin ever minted was… read on to find out!   Today, you can’t trade if you don’t have money. Long ago, it was the other way around: you didn’t need money if there was no trade.   That is why the first “true” coins …

Are your treasures covered?

So, you’ve decided to start collecting valuable items like antiques, gemstones, rare coins, stamps, war medals... You have done your maths. You know the price of the things you want and you are ready to pay for them. However… Have you stopped to …

Roman coins of the “Twelve Caesars”

Coin collectors are a passionate, devoted lot; their patience is characterised by determination and also by an abiding fascination for the many stories behind antique coin collections.   The “Twelve Caesars” – a collection of antique Roman coins …

How to buy rare coins online

You know that bidorbuy is a real treasure-trove for rare, collectible and investment coins, notably ZAR coins, Mandela coins, Union coins, etc. You also probably know how to search bidorbuy for the listings of the coins you are interested in and how to …

Massive R1 Coins by Mail sale!

Coins By Mail  are having the sale of the decade with thousands of items marked down to a R1 starting bid! This exciting sale began earlier this week; and the best news is that Coins By Mail will be marking down a whole range of items for the next 2 …

The 2013 Johannesburg Coin Show

Join the South African Mint at the one-day Johannesburg Coin Show, to be held at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton on Sunday 14 July 2013 from 10AM to 4PM.   This is the biggest annual gathering of South African numismatist.  A variety of rare …

Kruger Rands

If the thought of investing in gold appeals to you, consider investing in Kruger Rands.  Kruger Rands are bullion coins, meaning that their wealth is gauged from their metallic composition rather than their rarity of occurrence (which is the case with …