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Selling Gold & Silver in Los Angeles, CA

Posted by on July 15, 2019 in Gold, Jewelry, Precious Metals, Prices / Spot Prices, Silver

Selling Gold & Silver in Los Angeles, CA

The  first part of the 21st Century has proven to be a “perfect storm” of events for the rise in precious metal prices. Gold in particular is a commodity that is seen as a safe haven for investors in times of war, geopolitical unrest, threats to the supply of oil, and instability in financial markets.  Since the beginning of the new millennium there have been multiple wars in the oil producing middle east, rising tensions between the U.S. , China & Russia, and a global financial crises on a scale not seen since the Great...

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The Intrigue of Coin Hoards

Posted by on July 7, 2019 in Antiques & Collectibles, Coins, Gold, Precious Metals, Silver

The Intrigue of Coin Hoards

There are times throughout history when a collection of coins is found that electrifies the imaginations of both the general public and the most ardent collectors alike. These large finds are referred to as hoards, a name that implies the coins were hidden away and eventually lost to the world and their owners. The Saddle Ridge Coin Hoard is the name given to the collection of 1,427 gold coins found buried in a rust covered metal can in the Gold Country of California in 2013. The coins were found by a couple while walking their dog on a trail...

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

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Antiques & Collectibles, Appraisal & Insurance, Coins, Precious Metals, Silver

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 in one talon and an olive branch in the other. The discovery of huge amounts of silver in the...

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Is My Silver Dollar Real?

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Antiques & Collectibles, Coins, Silver

Is My Silver Dollar Real?

So… You have decided it’s time to figure out just how much you can get for those old silver dollars you have accumulated.  Perhaps a relative or loved one left you some coins before he or she passed away. Genuine silver dollars (dollars that are made of actual silver) can be decades or even centuries old, and can be rare and quite valuable. You obviously want to know their value, which is why you are reading this post in the first place! Silver dollars are very popular in the coin world, but they also have a very high counterfeit...

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Selling Gold at Los Angeles Gold & Silver

Posted by on January 26, 2018 in Featured, Gold

Selling Gold at Los Angeles Gold & Silver

Los Angeles Gold & Silver specializes in all Precious Metal objects. Because the last decade has seen such a dramatic rise in precious metal prices, “gold buying” businesses seem to be on every street corner in Los Angeles. They are not all created equal. There is a profound difference between a business that is only interested in buying as much gold & silver as possible and melting it all down, and one that applies a lifetime of specialized knowledge to understand an items true value. Don’t sell your items too...

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Is My 1795 Silver Dollar Real?

Posted by on January 26, 2018 in Antiques & Collectibles, Appraisal & Insurance, Coins, Silver

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 it is certainly possible that your early silver dollar may be authentic, it is much more likely that...

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Is My 1795 Silver Dollar Real?

Posted by on January 26, 2018 in Antiques & Collectibles, Appraisal & Insurance, Coins, Gold, Silver

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 it is certainly possible that your early silver dollar may be authentic, it is much more likely that...

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Are My Items Silver or Silverplate?

Posted by on January 25, 2018 in Antiques & Collectibles, Appraisal & Insurance, Gold, Precious Metals, Silver

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 mid-1800’s will have the word Sterling or the number .925 stamped somewhere on the piece. The exception...

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What Actually Makes a Coin Valuable?

Posted by on December 2, 2017 in Antiques & Collectibles, Appraisal & Insurance, Coins, Gold, Silver

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 of a coin. Generally speaking, a scarce or rare coin will sell for considerably more than a more...

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Ultra-Rare British Coin Found Among Child’s ‘Pirate Treasure’

Posted by on October 29, 2016 in Gold

Ultra-Rare British Coin Found Among Child’s ‘Pirate Treasure’

Via Weather.com News – – How many of us, when we were kids, played pirate – a plastic sword, an eye patch and a pouch full of fake gold doubloons we could only pretend were liberated from a Spanish galleon? One British man doesn’t have to pretend anymore. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, recently discovered that the “pirate treasure” he played with as a child contained an ultra-rare coin that may be worth more than $300,000! To learn more about this incredible story click...

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