Whitman Bookshelf type albums and counterfeits
I have collected the old style Whitman Bookshelf albums for years, including the various foreign type sets. Occasionally when buying the albums, coins came along with them. I recently decided it might be fun to try and complete some of them, and I started making checklists and surfing eBay for the missing coins.
I shouldn't have been surprised, knowing what Whitman thought people would put into their US albums (has anyone ever kept a 1793 Chain cent in one?), but it turns out there are some stoppers in those sets. I am maxxing out at acquiring coins in the $100-200 range, and I am looking mainly at raw coins. I cannot see spending $350 on a Philippine Quezon-Roosevelt Peso and cracking it for an album. This is meant to be a fun, not necessarily an investment.
With that in mind, and since I am not intimately familiar with these series, I was wondering if anyone had any insight into how prevalent counterfeits are for some of these coins. Specifically I have searches set up for the following, most of which are one-year types, which return a wide range of raw coins:
1897 Philippines One Peso
1910-13 Mexico "Caballito" Peso
1921 Mexico Dos Pesos
1937/8 Australia One Crown
1849 GB "Godless" Florin
1902 GB Edward VII One Crown
Any other advice on building these sets is of course appreciated.
Sean Reynolds (lightside interloper)
"Keep in mind that most of what passes as numismatic information is no more than tested opinion at best, and marketing blather at worst. However, I try to choose my words carefully, since I know that you guys are always watching." - Joe O'Connor