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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is my coin worth?
A: Coin values depend on several factors. First of course is the date and mintmark of the coin and its' condition. Once these have been identified there are several price guides you can refer too, to determine the value of your coin. The Redbook, I have been told for years is the generally accepted retail price guide for coins. However I have found that the Redbook, while extremely informational is only printed once a year and therefore lacks the update trends in the overall market. There are others price guides which are printed quarterly, such as the grey-sheet, which allot of dealers use. Then you also have other publications, such as Numismatic News, which print a price guide monthly in their first issue. I have found this to be more up to date which the spot prices on gold and silver coins. But in the end, your coin is worth what someone else is willing to pay, and what you are willing to part with, for it.


Q: What is the grade of my coin?
A: Grading coins is subjective, and that means what is VG to me may be F to you, unless your coin has been graded and slabbed by one of the top tier grading companies.


Q: Should I clean my coin?
A: Generally the answer is NO! Cleaning an uncirculated coin can remove it's natural luster and destroy it's value, and cleaning a circulated coin will destroy it's character. There are exceptions to this rule however, such as when a coin is in danger of being destroyed unless it is cleaned, i.e. "PVC" damage from being stored in a plastic flip or other corrosive material that has come into contact with the coin. In cases such as these, the coin should be cleaned by someone who is knows what they are doing.


Q: How can I tell if my 1943 bronze cent is real or not?
A: Test it with a magnet, if it sticks then it is copper plated, if it doesn't then you need to submit it to a grading company and have it authenticated.


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