Over the years lots of people have asked me where they can find the coins they see in the various volumes and editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins series. Oftentimes collectors look to only their closest or most familiar dealers for coins which are seldom handled by those folks, then give up. As collectors, we should all understand that the search is the challenge and knowing who is likely to have what we are looking for is the first step in finding what you want.
WAG Online auction sales are a great source for a number of different types of coins. In particular, you will find any number of German States coins available through WAG, usually at prices in line with the SCWC values. For instance, in the WAG Online Auction 103 set to close on Nov. 10, there is a German States Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingfurst KM#45 Kreuzer of 1768 SNR. This example is BU and the opening bid is 50 euro or about $55. The current SCWC value, established in the seventh edition from 2016, is $85 in XF. So there you are, a one-year type from a limited family line of just a few issues, being offered in high grade at a reasonable price. WAG Online is always a great place to look for such items.
On the other end of the spectrum, I have had questions on where to find modern issue coinage. This can be troublesome, as many modern issues sell out quickly and are then difficult to find for years until a secondary market develops. Once a secondary market begins to evolve, collectors often must search a bit to find its center. Here again, it is knowing where to look that is the key.
Again, WAG Online auctions can provide some answers, as they often have small group lots of modern issue silver and copper-nickel types. You probably won’t find the expensive and innovative issues there, but you will see many traditional crown types from the Pacific and Asian nations. For instance, there are 20 lots of modern Chinese silver crowns in the current WAG Online Auction 103 set to close in about 24 days from the time of my writing this article. If you miss that one, just hop over to the WAG site at portal.wago-auktion.de to look over their future offerings, as WAG produces an online sale just about every month.