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Best way to get metal coins to use with my games, cheap is prefered.

If you picked up coins for your games what did you use?

I would like to see other posts about this and I know it must be here somewhere but I cannot find it.
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Might be a weird idea, but you could use actual coins.

Should be pretty easy to get foreign coins in small denominations. And they are WAY cheaper than custom-made ones. Plus they feel like real coins, because they're, er, real coins.
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Re: Nice coins for pimping games
Realm Coins are good.
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Re: Nice coins for pimping games
Ok where do I get real coins with imperial (american/british ect.) numbers say 1 5 and 10 and which countries coins are cheap and easy to get in the U.S.
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Re: Nice coins for pimping games
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Might be a weird idea, but you could use actual coins.

Should be pretty easy to get foreign coins in small denominations. And they are WAY cheaper than custom-made ones. Plus they feel like real coins, because they're, er, real coins.

Some places they're easy to get. But I agree with this: Go up to Canada and get 1, 5 and 20(25?) cent coins. Except maybe for the last, they'll be far, far cheaper than game coins.
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I've used the file for this (in the files section of Notre Dame Express) on pennies. It has 1, 5, & 10. They came out great.

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Ok where do I get real coins with imperial (american/british ect.) numbers say 1 5 and 10 and which countries coins are cheap and easy to get in the U.S.


I don't know exactly, but a Bureau de Change (do you guys call them that in the US?) or a travel agency or something could probably help if you explain what you want them for.

To give you an idea with British coins and their cost, here's how much 100 of the different coins would cost in USD, assuming today's exchange rate.

100 x 1p = $1.61
100 x 2p = $3.23
100 x 5p = $8.27
100 x 10p = $16.14

I tried looking online but everything seems to be for old, mint, and/or collectible coins rather than ordinary everyday ones.

You could always try getting a friendly BGGer from another country to send you some.
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Currency exchange places here don't tend to deal with coins--too much trouble. And if you can get coins from a bank, they're shiny and new.

Oh, and it's illegal to send money by the US Mail.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Least_valued_currency_unit

Even tells you which ones have coins.

If you need a 100 trillion paper bill, go with Zimbabwe.

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On a more serious note, I had thought about the Brazilian Real for a couple games. I have a connection for one. Half the value of the US $. And they have a large number on each one. Would be nicer if the 10 was larger than the 5, wonder where they got that from? Also the neat two tone coin is a bit too expensive for this.
http://coins.about.com/od/worldcoins/ig/World-Coins-Gallery-...
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Re: Nice coins for pimping games
I thrift or trade cheap for copies of Dread Pirate which has a bag full of nice metal dubloons... and four more cloth bags to boot. I have gotten larger coins from thrifted copies of Outrage! Steal the Crown Jewels and some small metal coins for ones from a thrifted copy of Thaxx

But I believe Dread Pirate is the only one of those you might have luck getting cheap here in the US with any frequency.
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On a more serious note, I had thought about the Brazilian Real for a couple games. I have a connection for one. Half the value of the US $. And they have a large number on each one. Would be nicer if the 10 was larger than the 5, wonder where they got that from? Also the neat two tone coin is a bit too expensive for this.
http://coins.about.com/od/worldcoins/ig/World-Coins-Gallery-...


They are about the same size, the 10 and 5 but I prefer than to the American ones, at least they are easy to differentiate due to color differences...
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ionizedbrian wrote:
On a more serious note, I had thought about the Brazilian Real for a couple games. I have a connection for one. Half the value of the US $. And they have a large number on each one. Would be nicer if the 10 was larger than the 5, wonder where they got that from? Also the neat two tone coin is a bit too expensive for this.
http://coins.about.com/od/worldcoins/ig/World-Coins-Gallery-...

Those are beautiful coins. In my opinion, skip the 10c: that keeps the ratios 1:5, 1:5, that is 1:5:25. The Real coin a 1:4.

(I've noticed and asked merchant here in the US, and they generally do not get $10 bills from the bank, just $1, $5, $20. It's just not worth fussing with a $10 bill instead of grabbing two $5s.)

Hm: unfortunately Mexico dropped the 1 centavo, so their coins start at 5c.

There is this KS project with undenominated "copper"/"silver"/"gold" at $25 for $25 of each. But according to Yahoo's currency converter Brazilian R$1.31 (1.00+0.25+0.05+0.01) = US$0.645.
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Tall_Walt wrote:
Currency exchange places here don't tend to deal with coins--too much trouble. And if you can get coins from a bank, they're shiny and new.

Oh, and it's illegal to send money by the US Mail.

That's a mistake. See:

http://www.snopes.com/legal/postal/sendcash.asp
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Re: Nice coins for pimping games
got a friend looking for thrift games for me but he hasn't found anything yet.
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I would settle for plastic for now and wait to find metal later if need be.
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http://www.snopes.com/legal/postal/sendcash.asp

Actually it is not Illegal to send money.



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Re: Nice coins for pimping games
Hunt around on Amazon too. I've seen a huge variety of real coins, fake metal coins, and plastic coins over the years. You might find something that suits your fancy.
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Tall_Walt wrote:

Those are beautiful coins. In my opinion, skip the 10c: that keeps the ratios 1:5, 1:5, that is 1:5:25. The Real coin a 1:4.


That seems so weird to me, since we don't have 25p coins. Decimalised UK currency has only ever has 1/2p, 1p, 2p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 in coins as far as I remember, apart from special commemorative collectible £5 coins and the like. (We dropped the halfpenny quite a few years ago now and the £2's relatively recent.)



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That seems so weird to me, since we don't have 25p coins. Decimalised UK currency has only ever has 1/2p, 1p, 2p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 in coins as far as I remember, apart from special commemorative collectible £5 coins and the like. (We dropped the halfpenny quite a few years ago now and the £2's relatively recent.)

I understand. The 2p coin certainly has a long history! The 50p!--and I thought our 50c coin was bad! laugh But, seriously, games sometimes go 1/3/5..., like Small World, but for the lowest number of denominations (instead of the lowest bit count), 1:5 or 1:4 ratios tend to work well. USAns find it odd that you can't get to a 50p by adding up 20p's, still, you can't get to a 25c by adding up 10c's.

Now, old British currency...! Crowns, shillings, Guineas...!
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Now, old British currency...! Crowns, shillings, Guineas...!


Decimalisation was in 1971, and older people here still often refer to amounts in "old money". My dad was 20 in 1971 and he occasionally tells me that his paper cost "10 bob" (10 shillings).

I have no idea how anyone coped. 12 old pennies to a shilling. 20 shillings to a pound. 100 guineas is £101. And then coins with names - tanner = sixpence, florin = 2 shillings, farthing = 1/4 old penny. Confusing!

Mind you, I still can't remember what nickels and dimes actually are either. 10 cents and 5 cents, right? But I don't know which is which!
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For the Realm Coins (mentioned by a couple of others but no links posted): http://www.musedfable.com
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Nickel is 5c, Dime is 10c. I watch too much American TV
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Tall_Walt wrote:
Now, old British currency...! Crowns, shillings, Guineas...!

Decimalisation was in 1971, and older people here still often refer to amounts in "old money". My dad was 20 in 1971 and he occasionally tells me that his paper cost "10 bob" (10 shillings).

I have no idea how anyone coped. 12 old pennies to a shilling. 20 shillings to a pound. 100 guineas is £101. And then coins with names - tanner = sixpence, florin = 2 shillings, farthing = 1/4 old penny. Confusing!

Mind you, I still can't remember what nickels and dimes actually are either. 10 cents and 5 cents, right? But I don't know which is which!

I read and watch way too much English fiction. I believe a Guinea is 21 shillings, a pound plus a 5% tip for being posh! Tanner and florin, I had not heard--or I don't recall, at least. A tanner is 6p, 0.5s, as I look it up. Florin is Italian, the Italian Florin coin, I think? I presume a rough conversion; Wikipedia says 2s, or 24p.

The dime is decimal, $0.10; whilst a nickel is half that.

Then for people who buckle their swashes, a piece of eight is 1/8, a Spanish real; a "bit" as in "2 bits" (a US quarter, $0.25) is 1/8 Spanish dollar or (early) US dollar. Very roughly, 50 grains of silver.
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