Swapping coins, banknotes or exonumia on Numista is a convenient way to grow your collection, by giving away the items you don't want to keep and receiving the items you wish from other users in exchange. This page describes the steps to swap on Numista.
A pre-requisite to swap on Numista is to register the items you want to offer for swap. This is done in the same way as registering coins or banknotes in your collection; just make sure you select “For exchange: yes” when adding an item to your collection.
Read the guide: How can I register my collection on Numista?
There are multiple ways to find other users to swap with. The main entry point is the page “Swaps” from the menu at the top.
To learn about all the possible methods, read the guide: How can I find a swap partner?
Once you found a swap partner, go to their swap list. Select the coins you would like to receive. In order to facilitate your selection, you can filter the swap list. Some icons indicate whether you already have the coin in your collection or not and whether the coin is part of your wishlist; open the “Legend” section to learn about the icons.
Once you are done with the selection of the coins, validate by clicking the button “Ask to swap”. This action creates a swap and redirects you to the page of the swap. Write a message and submit with “Send” to send a personal message to the other user and let them know you would like to swap with them.
The swap page contains multiple sections:
The other user receives your message. He can review which coins and banknotes you selected and he can reply via personal message. If the user is willing to swap with you, they select coins and banknotes within the items you registered for swap.
The user will select which coins he accepts to swap using the checkboxes on the left of the list of coins. This will be reflected with the red checkboxes on your side. You can also select and unselect the items you give or receive using the green checkboxes.
You can exchange personal messages with the other user to agree on the terms of the swap:
Once you agree on the terms of the swap, click on “Confirm my swap offer”. Then write a message a message to the other user and click on “Send”.
The other user will see your proposal to confirm the swap. He has 2 options:
When the swap is confirmed by both parties, you and the other user can send the coins or banknotes as agreed.
Pack the coins carefully. A simple method is to pack each coin individually in some paper or plastic pocket or holder, and tape the wrapped coins between two pieces of cardboard. The cardboard should be slightly smaller than the enveloppe, so that it can't move inside.
Here is some more basic advice:
If you agreed to send with tracked mail, send the tracking number to the other user.
It's also time to remove the coins and banknotes from your swaplist, so that other people won't select them in another swap.
When you receive the package from the other user, you can rate your experience. Ratings are visible publicly. They aim at creating a safe swapping community.
A rating consists in a grade from 0 to 5 and a comment.
The comment is intended to share qualitative feedback about the swap. Please don't disclose personal information in the comment.
If you don't receive the coins or banknotes, give a low-grade rating. You will still be able to change the rating if you finally get the package.
If you received a grade below 5, you can publish a reply below the comment. Your future swap partners will easily ignore occasional ratings lower than 5 if there is a polite and reasoned reply.