How to Ship Coins Internationally

It is important to pad your package so the coins do not make noise.
It is important to pad your package so the coins do not make noise. (Image: shipping image by studio vision1 from

Shipping coins can be a tricky proposition. Like all valuable materials, you package can get lost or stolen in the mail. Shipping internationally has its own pitfalls. It is often harder to insure international packages and the shipper must navigate the bureaucracy of customs as well as the mail delivery service in two different nations.

Whenever possible, use Registered Mail or your equivalent in your country, and always get the tracking number.

Things You'll Need

  • Bubble wrap
  • Brown packing tape
  • Sturdy cardboard box
  • Customs form

Shipping Coins Internationally

Check the shipping restrictions for your nation as well as the receiver's nation of origin. Most national postal services have a list of shipping restrictions on their websites but these do not necessarily serve as customs restrictions. Some postal services accept coins, others do not.

Wrap your coins in bubble wrap and seal with packing tape. Place the bubble-wrapped coins in a box appropriate for mailing. It is important that the coins not make noise within the box; if someone hears that there is money in a wrapped box, the box may be stolen.

Seal the box with brown packing tape.

Fill out the shipping label and/or customs form for your package. Use a description for your coins that does not sound valuable to deter thieves, such as "numismatic collectibles."

Bring the package to your post office. Apply the required postage to the package and consult with an office worker if you are not sure how much postage is required. Write down the tracking number before you send the package.

Use the tracking number to monitor your package and ensure it gets to its destination.

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