Is My 1795 Silver Dollar Real?

Is My 1795 Silver Dollar Real?

At Los Angeles Gold & Silver we receive many phone calls each week with customers curious about the value of their silver dollars. The most common calls concern the very earliest silver dollars ever produced by the U.S. mint from the years  1794- 1804. These coins are rare and quite valuable in original condition. They have also been heavily counterfeited for many decades, and these fakes are sold everywhere from pawn shops to eBay. While...

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Is My 1795 Silver Dollar Real?

Is My 1795 Silver Dollar Real?

At Los Angeles Gold & Silver we receive many phone calls each week with customers curious about the value of their silver dollars. The most common calls concern the very earliest silver dollars ever produced by the U.S. mint from the years  1794- 1804. These coins are rare and quite valuable in original condition. They have also been heavily counterfeited for many decades, and these fakes are sold everywhere from pawn shops to eBay. While...

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Are My Items Silver or Silverplate?

Are My Items Silver or Silverplate?

Because Los Angele Gold & Silver is one of the top antique silver buyers in Los Angeles, we receive many inquiries each week from customers seeking to find out whether the silver items they have are pure silver or silver plated? In actuality most “pure” silver items are made of sterling silver which is 92.5% pure silver, with some other metal (usually copper) added for strength. Most items made of silver in the United States since the...

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What Actually Makes a Coin Valuable?

What Actually Makes a Coin Valuable?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Los Angeles Gold and Silver is “What actually makes a coin valuable?”  There are a number of answers. There are several factors contributing to the market value of a coin. The simple answer is that any coin is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. However, the complexities of the numismatic marketplace go deeper. Rarity is one of the most important factors in establishing the value...

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American Eagle Gold Coin vs $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin?

American Eagle Gold Coin vs $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin?

   As Coin Dealers in Los Angeles, we are often asked by customers who are interested in investing in gold coins which is a better investment when comparing the American Eagle gold coin to the pre-1933 $20 Double Eagle gold coin. For anyone looking to buy or sell gold coins in Los Angeles it is important to understand the distinction between a bullion coin and a numismatic coin. Bullion coins are valued based solely on their precious metal...

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What is Art Glass and What Makes it Valuable?

What is Art Glass and What Makes it Valuable?

Art glass is a type of glass works that is more decorative in intent than functional intent.  These works are created by individual glass artists, and/or artist assistants, using small-scale furnaces in glass studios or work environments. While contemporary art glass is known for its hand-wrought aspect and individual creativity, vintage art glass (made prior to the 1960s) can include factory-made glass artistry, produced by small teams of...

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