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The Michael Ivankovich Guide to Selling Household & Estate Coins

Here are some important points to consider when selling household and estate coins:

  • There are various types of coins including Face Value Coins, Numismatic Coins, Junk Silver Coins and Bullion Coins.

  • Many factors will impact a coin's value including Denomination, Type, Mint Year, Mint Mark, Quantity Minted, Condition, Desirability, and Professional Certified Grading.

  • Many other important factors will help to determine the value of your coins as well.

  • Some coins from foreign countries have a precious metal content; most do not. The trick is to identify those coins before you give them away or sell too cheaply. (We can help you to identify foreign coins having a precious metal content).

  • Most dealers will tell you that "They" pay more than anyone else when in fact they do not.

  • Dealer "Percent of Spot Price Payment Factors" can vary widely ... for the same coins!

  • Dealers will never reveal their "Payment Factor" if you don't ask.

  • Calculating the value of both U.S. and Foreign Coins can be quite confusing and any mistake could cost you thousands of dollars.

Coin Vignette/Testimonial

Our client's husband passed away leaving her 4 coffee cans filled with coins. Although these were not Numismatic (Collectible) Coins, they were Junk Silver (90% Silver) Coins. Our client's family had no idea of value and we were able to liquidate these coffee cans of coins for nearly $26,000.00.

"...We had no idea these coins were worth that much money. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts..." Souderton PA

We Can Help

If you are selling coins, and if you are uncertain of value or how to proceed, we can help. We suggest that you first read the article below to better understand the coin-selling process. Then call us at (215)-264-4304 to further discuss your needs. Distance should not present a problem as we serve the Greater Philadelphia tri-state Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware region, as well as many national clients.

Our Coin-Selling Services include:

  • Sorting the better Numismatic, Junk Silver, and Bullion Coins from the Face Value-Only Coins.
  • Estimating the actual coin value … before selling.
  • Locating those dealers paying the highest prices or percent of spot price.
  • Negotiating a better price on your behalf, and then negotiating the actual sale for you.

The Michael Ivankovich Guide to Selling Household & Estate Coins
Michael Ivankovich, GPPA, MPPA

Money. Who couldn't use more of it? And what better exemplifies money than "Coins"!

When people think of "Coins" they generally think in terms of "Face Value" coins, but there are other various forms of coins as well, each having a different level of desirability and value. This "Michael Ivankovich Coin Guide" is intended to introduce you to some of the various forms of "Coins" you may find in any typical household or estate.

  • Face Value Coins: "Face Value Coins" are basically "Pocket Change" and value is the legal tender value that is stated on each coin, e.g., 10 cents, 50 cents, etc. Coins cannot be worth less than Face Value, but they can often be worth much more than Face Value.

  • Numismatic Value Coins: "Numismatic Value" is often used to refer to the value in excess of the coin's "Face Value". Numismatic Coins are "Collectible Coins" and Coin Collectors will pay a premium price over Face Value for certain coins, depending upon such factors as the Denomination (dime, quarter, half dollar, dollar), Type (Morgan Silver Dollar, Walking Liberty Half Dollar), Mint Year (1899, 1910), Mint Mark (D = Denver, S = San Francisco), Quantity Minted, Rarity, Condition (Un-circulated, Very Good), and Certified Professional Grading (PCGS, ANACS, NGC, etc.). Certain Numismatic Coins are more highly prized than others with Rarity and Condition having a significant impact on any coin's value.

  • Junk Silver Coins: Prior to mid-1960's, most U.S. dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollars were minted with 90% silver. Regardless of Face Value and Numismatic Value, and regardless of Condition, the silver in Junk Silver Coins makes these coins worth many times their Face Value. The value of Junk Silver Coins will vary upon the daily "Spot Price of Silver" (the silver spot price changes as frequently as the stock market), and the "Percent of Silver Spot Price" a buyer is willing to pay. Depending on the current silver spot price, the value of these coins can be many times face value and the value is often quoted in terms of "times face value". For example, a junk silver dime, trading at "12 times face value", would be worth $1.20. Junk Silver Coins cannot be legally melted and are often sold to investors by the bag ($500 bags, $1000 bags, etc.). Since there is no "melting" expense, buyers will often pay a higher percentage of the spot price for Junk Silver Coins than they will, for example, for sterling silver flatware, which must be melted and refined before it can be re-sold. Certain Junk Silver Coins are more highly prized than others and buyers & investors will pay a premium price for such coins.

  • Gold Coins: The U.S. Mint issued Gold Coins in various denominations up through1933. These represent some of the most highly sought-after U.S. Coins and value will depend upon the Denomination, Type, Mint Year, Mint Mark, Quantity Minted, Rarity, Condition, and Certified Professional Grading. With gold trading at today's high level, these coins can have substantial value, especially the rarer coins in un-circulated condition.

  • Bullion Coins: Bullion Coins are not intended for general circulation but are produced for precious metal investment purposes. Bullion Coins are typically produced in gold, silver, or platinum and have a precious metal purity of 99.9%. One troy ounce is the most frequently found weight, but other weights are also produced. The U.S. Silver Eagle and the U.S. Gold American Buffalo are examples of U.S. Bullion Coins. Many other countries around the world also produce their own Bullion Coins, with the Canadian "Maple Leaf", South African "Krugerrand", Chinese "Panda", and Australian "Kangaroo" being just a few examples of international Bullion Coins. The value of these coins will vary with the precious metal spot price and desirability of the coin.

  • Bullion Bars: Often found with coins are "Bullion Bars". There bars are usually minted in .999 fineness (99.9% purity), can be gold or silver, and are typically found in sizes from 1 to 100 troy ounces. Value is based upon the current precious metal spot price. Engelhard represents one of the most preferred Silver Bar refineries, but many others will be found as well. Collectibles companies such as the Franklin Mint also issued "Collectible" Bullion Bars on a variety of subjects. Collectible Bullion Bars will usually be pure .999 silver or sterling silver (92.5% purity), and 1 troy ounce or 1 avoirdupois ounce, although other purities and weights will be found. Today's value is almost always based upon the bar's purity, weight, and precious metal spot price rather than it's collectible value.

  • Foreign Coins: These are generally the most difficult to evaluate because of the huge variety of countries, denominations, mint years, and metallic compositions that must be researched and evaluated. You should simply understand that there are fewer Foreign Coin collectors than United States Coin collectors in this country, and Foreign Coins are generally less desirable than U.S. Coins. Although some Foreign Coins include precious metals, most do not.

  • Tokens and Medals: Often mixed in with household and estate coins are "Tokens" and "Medals", Tokens can range from Bus Tokens, Train Tokens, Amusement Park Tokens, and Event Tokens. "Medals" as defined here do not include Military Medals. Rather this would include such items as Presentation, Fraternal, Religious, Commemorative Event, Civic Event, Business Anniversary, and other similar medals. Value on Tokens & Medals depends primarily upon collectability, rarity, condition and precious metal content. While a few can have significant value, most have only nominal value.

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In summary, certain household and estate coins can have substantial value and you should be very careful never to sell them for less than they are truly worth, We highly recommend that you learn the in's and out's of selling your coins and, if you are unsure of what to do, have your coins evaluated by someone who does not have a vested interest in purchasing them as cheaply as possible.

If you are not sure what to do. give us a call. We specialize in helping clients sell their precious metal items for the most money possible. We are professional appraisers and we do not buy. Rather we understand the gold & silver selling process and negotiate on our client's behalf to help them maximize the amount they will receive.

Published Gold & Silver Articles by Michael Ivankovich

Published Gold & Silver Articles by Michael Ivankovich: For more information on selling your precious metals, we invite you to read Mike's articles found on this Web Site:

  • The Michael Ivankovich Guide to Selling Gold: How the Scrap Gold Game is Really Played
  • The Michael Ivankovich Guide to Selling Silver: How the Scrap Silver Game is Really Played
  • The Michael Ivankovich Guide to Selling Household & Estate Coins
  • The Michael Ivankovich Guide to Selling Jewelry
  • The Michael Ivankovich Guide to Selling Precious Metals: Scrap It? Sell It? Or Auction It?
  • The Michael Ivankovich Guide to Selling Silverplate
  • More Gold & Silver Articles Coming Soon

Michael Ivankovich, GPPA, MPPA
Personal Property Appraiser

P.O. Box 1536 * Doylestown, PA 18901
Office: (215)-345-6094 * Cell: (215)-264-4304

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