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FAQs

What do you buy and sell?

We buy and sell rare and collectible coins, coin collections, silver, gold, platinum bullion, scrap gold & sterling silver, graded or certified coins, paper money, and tokens. If you have questions about anything in particular, please call us at 402.327.2853.

How do I know what my coin is worth?

The value of a coin is based on a combination of scarcity and condition. A rare coin in mint state condition is the best combination. Finding the mintage of a coin will determine its rarity, and that information is easy to locate. Determining the condition of a coin requires more skill and specialized training. After determining the rarity and condition, one must determine what the coin will sell for. Dealers purchase coins at a wholesale price because they need to sell them at a retail price to make money. By selling coins to a dealer, you are essentially paying the dealer to sell them for you.

I have an old coin. Is it valuable?

Possibly. But the most common misconception about coins is that an old coin is automatically worth a great deal of money. For example, we have coins from the 1800’s that we sell for less than $1.00 each because they had a high mintage and are in circulated condition. If you are attempting to find the value of a coin on the Internet, be sure to be looking at recent completed sales of the exact coin (same year, mint, and condition). It is one thing to ask for a price, it is another to actually sell it at that price.

Do you buy and sell gold and silver?

Yes. We are specialists in precious metals. We buy and sell all precious metals (gold, silver, platinum, and palladium) in the form of coins, bars, jewelry, dental gold, sterling flatware and more. We do not buy items that are gold or silver plated over base metals..

I am selling gold and silver. How do you set your prices and what is the process?

Our business philosophy has always been to pay the highest price we can - not the least we can get by with. We provide our best offer up front. We believe you should not need good negotiating skills or coupons to get a good price. The process for selling is very easy. We pay by your preference of cash or local check immediately upon accepting our offer. If you are selling scrap gold or silver, we use scales that are certified annually by the state.

I am interested in purchasing precious metals for investment. What is the process?

We deal in physical precious metals only. We do not deal in ETFs or futures contracts. We can review various options and prices for physical precious metals with you in person or over the phone. There is never an obligation to make a purchase. The ideal situation is to come into our office to see the bullion options in person. We believe it is important to understand not only the price you would pay for bullion, but what you could expect if you were selling the same items back to us. We have built our business on price transparency and we will review both our buy and sell prices. All bullion prices have been discounted for payment by cash, check, or wire payment.

What is bullion?

Simply put, bullion is metal that is worth more for its metal content than its form. Bullion is not collectible. For example, a 1964 United States quarter is considered bullion because it’s too common to be considered collectible. Its greater value is in its silver content. Bullion is used in the physical trading of metals. We stock bullion in many sizes and forms. There are bullion bars and bullion coins. There is a slight difference in the price, which is based largely on the demand for them; as well the prices dealers must pay for them. One is not necessarily better than the other. The right choice depends upon each individual's objective. 

How do I know if the precious metals I buy from you are genuine?

In addition to our experience, we also have a Thermo Scientific Precious Metal Analyzer. This unit uses x-ray technology to quickly and accurately determine the exact metal content of items being analyzed. It has detected counterfeit bars, coins, and jewelry - either plated or incorrectly stamped. Very few, if any, local dealers have PM analyzers, but due to our volume we must be assured we are buying and selling genuine metals. We take your trust in us very seriously. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and have a A+ Rating.

What is a troy ounce?

A troy ounce is a standard measurement for precious metals. A troy ounce is 31.104 grams versus 28.35 grams in a regular (avoirdupois) ounce. There are 12 troy ounces to a troy pound and 14.58 troy ounces in a regular pound.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Cash, Checks (by approval), Bank Wires,VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. All gold coins and all bullion prices have been discounted for payment by Cash, Check, or Bank Wire. The prices for these items are higher if payment is by debit or credit card. Items purchased by check are subject to management pre-approval and purchases may be held until we are assured the check has cleared.

What do the acronyms BV, AGW, ASW mean?

Bullion Value (BV) refers to the actual gold or silver value in a coin. Bullion value is determined by taking the current spot price times the actual gold weight (AGW) or actual silver weight (ASW).

What do you have available for sale?

Because we are buying and selling constantly, our inventory changes daily. Please click on the PRODUCTS tab for partial lists of precious metal bullion and collectibles we have in stock right now. We strive to keep this list as current as possible. Please call us at 402.327.2853 if you are interested in something specific and do not see it on our site. 

How do I know which U.S. coins contain silver?

Pre-1965 dollars, half dollars, quarters, and dimes are 90% silver. One dollar face value of 90% silver dimes, quarters, and half dollars equals 71.5% of a troy ounce of silver. It takes about $1.40 face value to equal a troy ounce of silver. Morgan and Peace dollars are 90% silver, but since they weigh less than an ounce, they contain 77% of a troy ounce of silver.  Half dollars minted between 1965-1970 are 40% silver. Nickels minted from 1942-1945 with a mint mark (P, D, or S) over the dome on reserve of the coin are 35% silver.
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