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Do you own some old coins? Maybe your parents or grandparents gave you a few and they've been sitting in your dresser drawer. Where do you take them for a fair and honest evaluation of their worth?

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Good question

http://inlinethumb59.webshots.com/49018/2884525990106324752S425x425Q85.jpgWe've used a Tampa jewelry appraiser for some evaluations about antique jewelry, but for coins we haven't had much luck. We've been able to find some of the silver or ancient coins (Roman) online, but it's hit or miss.

Here's one we haven't found anywhere, but we think it's cool so we're keeping it. It's probably not worth much.

(I hope the link works. Are there instructions for uploading photos somewhere?)

http://thumb12.webshots.net/t/83/183/3/92/17/2447392170106324752dvmsPi_th.jpg

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If they are silver coins here in Sweden we just use

http://myntkollen.kavalkad.se/ to see what they are worth.

As I know it only works on silver/gold coins, so for others I don´t know.

We found some old coins and this told us it´s worth. 

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Herndefern, Mike. Thanks for

Herndefern, Mike. Thanks for your recommendation, but doesn't help those of us who are linguistically challenged (ie, Americans, alas).

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Heritage Auctions

Has anyone had experience with Heritage Auctions? http://coins.ha.com/

Once you register with this website, they have quite a lot of information about coins that have been auctioned in the past. We found some info on the coin I linked to above, and discovered that it is probably worth between $50-100.

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Heritage Auctions is the best

They have an excellent reputation and I subscribe to their email newsletter. Even if you are not participating in the auctions, that is one of the best places for coin pr0n I've seen. 

All kinds of other stuff on there too, I once bid on a pair of gold cufflinks that belong to Buddy holly recovered from the wreckage of his plane.

Just, all kinds of cool stuff. i also saw a cane on there that belonged to Abraham Lincoln.

http://www.ha.com/c/index.zx

Another great site for looking up the value of coins is the grading service sites like ngc and pcgs, they both have online pics of all the best collections in the world. I mean whats the point of having a badass coin collection if you can't show it off online right?

Go to the NGC site for example, and then click 'collectors society' and then 'registry'

Man oh man I need another towel to keep the drool down from some of the registered sets in there:

http://www.ngccoin.com/registry/index.aspx

The registered sets just take the cake for me. You may have to register your email to get in to some areas but its worth it. Word of advice: Have a towel ready

Here is a link to PCGS too:

http://www.pcgs.com/

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Thanks for those links! Great

Thanks for those links! Great ones. I'm scoping out a couple of nice sets, too (*drool*).

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Heritage Auctions

Yes, I have bought coins from Heritage Auctions. They are reliable and have been very pleased with their service.

Trying to find out the value of your coin(s) is difficult when you don't know the grade of your coin. PCGS is the best in my opinion. But, you can take your coins to your local coin store and have them take a look and give you some idea what you have, that is step one. If you do have something worthwhile then seek a company like PCGS to have your better coins graded. This makes it much easier to sell because you now have the "graded coin" confirmed world wide. Without a proper grade it is buyer beware.

It is easy to take your coins to your local coins stores first. They are willing to help educate a little so you can determine what to do next.  If you don't feel comfortable with one shop, go to another.

Buy "The Official Red Book" a guide book of United States Coins, $14.95. There are pictures and descriptions of coins and I think you will it most enjoyable. It would be similar to going on a buried treasure hunt. This is a must buy for your search.

Good hunting.

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coins and junk

Hi,

        First forum post,please bear with me. I collect silver and gold in small quantities,(which i lose in boating accidents regularly,of course).I don't collect for the coin,and or, medallion, itself.I have little interest in coins,but am trying to accumulate Ag on the cheap ,if possible.Made a few mistakes initially,over price,last year before the Ag savaging,from $49.Also I needed to add in the costs for delivery.I reckon now that a minimum order of about $120 is necessary to buffer this.

      When TSHTF finally,or it's equivalent, is this Ag in coin form going to be worth Ag in pure form,weight for net weight ? Or I am collecting something that may never be as useful as ,say, Liberties,of which I own some(lost in the river,of course),  99.9% being the tradeable norm.Will each junk coin assume a real value,and fractions be useful in your opinions?

Thanks,

TAye

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