If you have any interest at all in collecting stamps, coins, and paper money, you are in for a treat at this shop. There are ... More
National Pride Coin & Stamp
If you have any interest at all in collecting stamps, coins, and paper money, you are in for a treat at this shop. There are examples from all around the planet as well as a fine range of antique pocket and wrist watches, rare pins and military medals, and postcards and sports cards, some of which are rare and autographed, a boon to any collection. You'll find National Pride Coin and Stamp just to the south of Edmonton's downtown district.
i love this store! quite on the contrary to what many of you were saying, i find the owner rather friendly. on the counter he has a jar of sweets for people to enjoy, and he often gives discounts. i will admit that some of the coins are overpriced, but overall the prices are pretty good.
Older man who appeared to "be in charge" was disrespectful and rude to his young employee and would not even talk to me, instead speaking though his "help" when I could clearly hear what he was saying.
He was also quite short and dismissive with another customer that came in.
Needless to say I left and did not purchase the bullion I came in for.
Horrible atmosphere due to this miserable man. The young employee assisting at the counter did his best to help but you could tell that he was afraid to say anything with his boss around.
Maybe the "regulars" get proper service and treatment here but I certainly would never frequent this shop enough to be considered as such after what I witnessed on my first visit.
I've been coming to this coin shop since September of 2009. The owner seems to only be friendly when ever you have a wade to persuade him to diplomatically get him to jump 15 feet when ever he sees your up for the big buy. Oh, he charming with the female customers and boastfully tells everyone why he take pride in serving people from all backgrounds that's why he calls his place National Pride Coin and Stamp, but the catch to all this is his HollyWood approach to how he'll put on a big show just to force you to look into the bigger and latest deals he has on anniversary coins. Since going there I noticed he started losing respect for me somewhere along the way. A number of times he'd lie and allege in front of his customers that I hardly bought coins off his place, literally humiliating me in front of his customers. Oh and he'd know who writing this by the way. The truth to the matter is he is one big fool, cause he knows himself that while coming into his coin shop just about every day if not twice a day on some occasions i've spent anywhere form $50.00 to $!00.00 on various American and Canadian coins and to top off my disapointing experience with this charectar on the last day of our encounter I asked him politely if he could let me look at his Benjamin Frakliin melts which are a lot cheaper than what he has stored in his file boxes, but I couldn't find what I was looking for this time, so again I politely asked him if I could look at the Benjimin Fraklin dollars stored in his file box and to my dissapointing surprise he toldme I better Leave. Little did he realize that in the top left upper pocket of my dress shirt contained $100.00 and had he co-operated and not been so arrogant as he's notable for being in front of his regular customers I would have spent all of that money while pulling coins out of that file box for my Benjamin Franklin collection and would have came back continually, but this time the owner pulled the trigger and now this dissatisfied customers spirit has been murdered and won't be coming back ever again other than to haunt you online with this justifiable comment.
This guy is a crook of epic proportions.I went into his shop on September 22nd with a slew of collector coins my girlfriend wanted to have appraised. He had initially told me on the phone it would be the best if i could bring them down for his perusal, and I of course complied.
Before doing so however, being the neophyte that I am, I Googled some basic values of a variety of her coins that I now had in my possession. I found surprisingly that even some of the coins that I assumed would only have face value at best, were indeed worth four to five times that at least.
I came to his shop late in the day with sets of 1920 and up of pennies through to silver Half dollar coins, as well as numerous collector pieces in flawless condition. He opened up the various sets, gave them a very quick once over and quite simply stated that all the rare collector coins were missing out of the sets and all Iwas looking at was slightly above face value at best.
Now come on, i thought to myself, face value for a 1968 half Dollar? Anybody with the brain capacity of a three minute egg knows the price of Silver dictates far above "Face Value" !!!.
So, rather than argue, I simply packed up all the coins, picked them up and headed out the door. His final remark to me was "Your welcome." My final retort to him was "Funny, I don't recall saying Thank You."
When I got home, out of sheer morbid curiosity, I looked up some of the values of just the pennies that he had told me were "worthless." Much to my chagrin, I discovered that at the very least even the pennies that I had shown him were in fact worth 40 to 1200 times the value he had given them.
I will never deal with this obnoxious crook ever again. Further if ever presented the opportunity to suggest a Coin dealer to someone, I will go out of my way to save said individual the time and wasted effort of dealing with this "Bold Faced Liar".
I can't help but wonder though. Did the positive comments in this column come from Customers that have indeed had good dealings with him? Or is it most likely as I suspect, family members or cohorts of his, who have said good things, not because they hold any semblance of truth. But just so his business can have some chance of holding on in the future.
Just in case I come across to some as a negative individual with nothing good to say about anybody. I later talked to a very large Coin Dealer, ( Who shall obviously remain nameless of course) and all he did was sigh and say. "Oh yeah that guy, I hear complaints about him all the time." Nuff said
Been there for the first time on may 27 . Was interested in a gold piece. The owner overgraduate the coin and the bullion value . I remain very polite and offer to pay $50 less than is asking price of $650 ( stiil a good price for a 12 000 000 minted coin ..F , VF but certainly NOTEF ...) telling him that in Montreal I can buy this type of coin in this condittion closser to the bullion value.
The owner reaction was he dont like people from Quebec that are alway too demanding , that I slould return to Quebec to pay QST .
I was in Alberta in a retreat together whit, among others from the rest of Canada, my partners from Alberta and I felt very humiliated and sad by this reaction of the owner.
I left the store without responding .
I am a coin collector for over 35 years and generaly visit and buy coin in every town that I visit from time to time in Canada US and Europe and NEVER had a bad experiencebefore this one .
I later bought a nice old bill at Arcade at the West Edmonton Mall after a pleasant negociation ...
I recomand that the words " National " and "Pride" should be removed from the businees name of this dealer because of falses representations.
WOW. I have NEVER been to a worse place. Prices are WAY overpriced. They owner will OVER_VALUE HIS stuff and WAY UNDERVALUE your stuff. Will ALWAYS find "flaws" in your coins NO MATTER WHAT! DID NOT buy anything. DO NOT sell anything to this CROOK. He would try to steal from a blind person..........
This is the first time I have ever been in this shop. I just randomly I checked some old coins and bills. The price is unbelivable high, 3 times to 10 times on market price. I Feels like the boss want get rich just by one deal.
So, for me it's unlikely to come here once again.
National Pride has much more than coins & stamps which makes it a great place for collectors. Some great sports memorabilia - some from the Oiler hey days, plus pins, watches, sports cards. I could probably spend hours in that place as there is so much to see. Not everything is out in the open, so best to ask if you are looking for something specific. They also a Royal Canadian Mint authorized dealer. Some good deals to be had. You can negotiate prices -- I like to barter. ;-)
I will not be going back to this shop again while this guy still owns it. Buyer be VERY aware of what you are getting dealing with this guy.
I inherited a pocket watch from my grandfather when he passed away. The watch seemed to be working just fine (keeping time, timer with split time works) but has been in storage a long time.
I take it in to be looked at/appraised (as he deals in pocketwatches of all kinds). He tells me it is mostly working, but it looks like there should be a chime on the hour and for the timer. Tells me the approximate age of the watch is 1950's-1960's with mixed parts (some from Swiss, UK and USA companies). He says he will have his watch guy take a look and see what it would cost to fix.
He calls me later with a quote to fix the watch, ($200) and I agree. Weeks later I go to pick it up, pay him and set the time to one minute before the hour to hear the chime. He now says there is no chime on this watch, it isn't a "repeater" watch. Now he says it is from the 1800's (I don't believe it is this old, my dad is pretty sure my grandfather bought this after the war).
Cliff notes of long conversation: I ask him what was repaired on the watch, costing me $220. Apparently some part (that needed to be custom made) was replaced, and the watch was cleaned. This mysterious "part" hasn't changed the functioning of the watch one bit.
When I asked if there was some reason why he didn't mention that there was no chime to be repaired on the watch in our phone conversation, he gave no answer.
I ask him if there is any kind of work order or invoice that I could see to verify this repair job. He had none. He starts to get irate at my questions, and tells me "don't be a baby, stop making me look bad I got you a great deal".
I have been to this shop multiple times, and the ONLY times he has ever been friendly are when I have cash in hand to buy something, or am wanting to sell something to him. He got me this time, but it will be the last. Good riddance.
This is a great place whether your just starting your collection or a an experienced collector. It has something for everyone and a great selection. I go there every weekend and always find a great deal.
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