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What's this then... Oh! I thought this was never coming!

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Revenant

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So yesterday there's a knock at the door and I see it's the mail carrier, and he has a small package. As I'm walking up I'm wondering what this is and thinking I'm not really expecting anything.

When he gives it to me it's the 2nd set of 2002-2004 Venezuela coins from Ukraine!

I had completely forgotten about these things. I've been busy and I hadn't thought about them or thought to check the tracking in weeks. The last tracking update I'd seen had them in Kiev on April 6th. Then, while I wasn't paying attention, they were scanned in New York... on May 4th... nearly a full month later.

So... here they are!

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Funny thing being that I'd recently been through the older Venezuelan coins from the late 1980s and picked the ones of each of those 5 denoms / types that I like the best, but hadn't gotten past that. These 2002-2004 denominations were going to be the next ones I looked at. Now I can get these out and into flips and look at all the available coins together. 

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Glad they made it - hope you can all agree on the potential grades xD

As my memory is not what it was I now have a 'waiting for' list on my phone :/.

It doesn't seem to matter where in the world things are coming from delivery seems +/- 3 months or so - I often get deliveries from California, using the same courier and method, one source usually takes 3 days and the second usually takes a month. Having said that items from the other side of the world are often faster and cheaper shipping costs than from down the road!

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On 5/16/2022 at 2:06 AM, ColonialCoinsUK said:

Glad they made it - hope you can all agree on the potential grades

We haven't been guessing on grades at this point but so far we're seeing a lot of coins that we like in the 1989 denominations (5 denoms) and the 2002-2004 denominations (also 5 denominations). I'll probably have a new post about some of those soon.

On 5/16/2022 at 2:06 AM, ColonialCoinsUK said:

It doesn't seem to matter where in the world things are coming from delivery seems +/- 3 months or so

I can usually get things from Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Hong Kong in just 2, maybe 3 weeks. Not months. Not sure what you're dealing with. O.o

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On 5/16/2022 at 3:21 PM, Revenant said:

I can usually get things from Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Hong Kong in just 2, maybe 3 weeks. Not months. Not sure what you're dealing with. O.o

Items from most places are no problem (Estonia is very slow for some reason and seems to detour all around Europe) but a very common courier used by major US auction houses seems to be very variable - I can only think it depends on whether they actually read the paperwork or assume what it says. The latest was two different purchases which were shipped on the same day from the same State, the first arrived in about a week, the second is at nearly a month and the paperwork was the same!

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