Shipping Coins via the Mail
Every day, millions of dollars of collectible coins travel
safely through the US mail. In order to ensure the safety of
sending your collection to Universal
Coin Buyers, please follow these tips.
Depending on the size
of your collection, utilizing
USPS packaging may work well. Specifically, I am referring to the
rate priority boxes. These boxes typically have a flat shipping rate and can
be used for heavy shipments and can be sent registered mail.
Simply put, I cannot
be held responsible to items that do not show up. It is up to the sender to
adequately insure your package for the approximate value. If you are unsure of
value, please contact us for a rough value
When packaging your
coins, you will want to pack the shipping container as tight as possible to
prevent any jingling of coins. Use newspapers, plastic bags, cardboard, etc to
securely pack your items. Besides not wanting the jingle of coins, make sure
that the contents cannot shift around in the box. Again, packing items tight in
and around newspaper works well. You want to make sure that inside packages,
rolls of coins, sets in folders, albums, plastic holders, etc. do not get
After you have
everything well packed, do not forget to include a list of coins in the package
as well as your contact info.
Upon completion of
these steps, you will want to use an excess amount of packing tape. This is the
clear tape found in the office supply section of any office supply store. This
is not scotch tape. Tape the box up very, very, very well. Especially for
heavier shipments. A standard flat rate box can be shipped with contents up to
70 pounds. Even though it says that, the cardboard box would never stay intact
without an enormous amount of packing tape. Do not spare tape.
As mentioned before,
you will want to insure your package for the approximate value. In the unlikely
event that something should happen in transit, you will have a claim with the
USPS recoup your loss. See
USPS INSURANCE SITE
. You may also want to add tracking or signature
conformation, but that is up to you. While most flat rate packages arrive in 2-3
days, I have experienced packages that for some unknown reason took up to 21
days. While rare, it does occur.
Many times I have had
customers tell me that the postal worker will kiddingly ask the USPS customer
what is in the box. This happens when a simple looking small box ends up
weighing 50 pounds and the postal worker is often shocked when they try to pick
it up. You are not under any obligation to say they are coins. Simply say
something like “Metal Parts”. No sense advertising to the postal worker or
anyone else around you, that you have old coins.