We are always prepared to
buy any coins. Whether they are rare, valuable
pieces or a bag of worn, old coins. We will buy any and all coins, and pay a reasonable
and fair price for them. Naturally, there are times when we need particular
coins, and are happy to pay higher prices, but we will always buy any
coin at a fair price according to supply, demand and other market conditions.
Because we will buy any coin/currency, and there are millions of different coins
which have been issued, it is not possible for us to publish or maintain
a list of prices we pay for all coins. To give an idea of the difficulty
maintaining priced buying lists, consider that the Krause World Coins
catalogue covering the 20th century contains about 2,000 pages, and
covers about 200,000 coin price grade combinations. There are four volumes
covering one century each, plus a separate catalogue for gold coins.
That makes over 10,000 pages, over 1 million coin listings. This might
sound impressive, but the Krause catalogues are quite condensed, and
for most countries there are specialized catalogues covering their particular
subject in much greater detail. Then we would need to cover the 17 centuries
of coins from earlier than Krause covers.
Every day we get telephone calls from people wanting to know
the value of their coins. We usually need to see the coins before we can
identify them and price them. There are some coins which we can price
over the telephone, in which case we will give a price. For almost all
other coins, we really do need to see them in order to determine the condition so that the price is accurate.
Are There Any Coins We Will
No, but there are some coins which have such a low value that it would
not be worth our while buying them singly. As a simple example, let's
say someone expects us to buy a single Canadian one cent coin in ordinary
condition. It has a face value of less than a penny, there is no American
coin with a low enough value for us to pay you, we would only buy it
at a discount, so we would decline to make a bid. If somebody had a
ton of the same coins it may be worth our while making an offer, although
we probably could not sell enough of them to collectors, and the only
way we could profitably handle them may be to ship them back to Canada.
The shipping costs may actually be greater than their value.
Travel or mail?
We do not, as a rule, travel to buy coins, although we do make exceptions
for larger collections. You are welcome to visit our storefront, it
is advisable but not necessary to telephone us, or you can mail the
coins to us. We transact most of our business by mail order, and it
is quite safe to mail coins, providing you package them properly.
We place no upper or lower limits on the quantity of coins we will buy.
Mailing Coins to Us
You are welcome to come to our showroom with coins for sale. There is
no need to make an appointment, but if you have a large amount of coins,
it is advisable to let us know in advance.
Sending coins by mail is quite simple and reliable. Within the United
States, we recommend the U.S. Mail's registered mail service.
Please try to wrap each coin
separately if valuable, or to roll a quantity of coins in paper or plastic
to form a cylinder. Plastic Zip Lock bags are ideal. Tape them up tightly
after wrapping so that the coins cannot move around and scratch each
other. Surround the roll with bubble wrap or tape it to cardboard so
that it cannot move around inside the package. Try to use the smallest
possible outer box or envelope to reduce the amount of slack inside.