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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What Are My Gold and Silver Coins Worth?

What Are My Gold and Silver Coins Worth?

We receive many phone calls each week from people wanting sell coins in Los Angeles. Often times it is a collection of old United States coins that were collected by an older relative and passed down. They will often ask what we are paying for old silver coins, or want to know what their coin collection may be worth. The over-simplification of evaluating the value of a coin collection is a product of the recent rise in precious metals prices....

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What Are My Coins Worth?

What Are My Coins Worth?

As many of you know, we are professional numismatists and have been buying, selling & appraising coins and coin collections for over 25 years. Whether you are a collector in search of a particularly hard to find specimen, or are looking for information about what your coins may be worth, we are uniquely qualified to help you.  We purchase all United States coins and currency (paper money). We purchase all world coins composed of precious...

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Silver Coin Shortage!

Silver Coin Shortage!

The global silver-coin market is in the grips of an unprecedented supply squeeze, forcing some mints to ration sales and step up overtime while sending U.S. buyers racing abroad to fulfill a sudden surge in demand. The U.S. Mint began setting weekly sales quotas for its flagship American Eagle silver coins in July because it can’t meet demand, and the Canadian mint followed suit after record monthly sales in July. In Australia, the Perth...

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Recent Trends In The Rare Coin Market

Recent Trends In The Rare Coin Market

I am posting an article on recent market changes that have occurred in the Rare Coin market. This article addresses a few important issues concerning investing in Rare Coins that should be of interest to anyone involved in Numismatics.  By Doug Winter -If you are a reasonably long-term participant in the rare coin market, you may not have recognized the fact that the market has changed in a huge way in the last five to ten years. Walking around...

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History of the Morgan Silver Dollar (The most collected Silver coin in the world).

History of the Morgan Silver Dollar (The most collected Silver coin in the world).

The Morgan silver dollar was produced by the U.S. Mint from 1878-1921. It is composed of 90% silver & 10% copper, and contains just over 3/4oz (.77) of pure silver. The name “Morgan” is derived from the designer/engraver of the original design, George T. Morgan, who was actually not an American but an Englishman. The coin depicts the profile portrait of “Lady Liberty” on the obverse, and a Bald Eagle with wings spread clutching three arrows...

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