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Mandela coins – an investment fueled by a legacy

Explore what makes R5 Mandela coins worth far more than their five rand face value and where you can buy and sell these for the highest cash prices today.

How much is that in notgeld?


Notgeld is the most commonly collected emergency currency.

The edge of a coin

R5 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 America. Early coins had smooth edges. As they were made of precious […]

The R5 Griqua Town coin

2015 Griqua Town coin

Griqua Town coin is the fourth in the series of commemorative circulation bi-metallic R5 coins issued by the South African Reserve Bank.

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 would be easier if we could do it here. […]

Spade, lion, turtle

map Mediterranean region

And the first coin ever minted was… read on to find out!

Are your treasures covered?


Insurance is a continuous expense that collectors do not always budget for.

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 – presents a challenge to collectors. Besides dedication, deep pockets are a must to acquire this rare […]

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 track these listings with the Watchlist feature.   Once you find on […]

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 months!   Coins By Mail currently […]