General Instructions to Prepare Your Collection for Our Appraisal:

Appraisals can be done at various locations including your home, bank vault room, or office. If you feel that you may have an extremely valuable collection, we recommend the appraisal be done at a bank location in a private room.

1. If coins are in coin albums, leave the coins in place and do not try to remove them. Some collections may be in 3 ring binders with plastic pages. Organize the pages by type, using the guidelines below. Under no circumstance should you attempt to clean any of your coins in any way!

2. If any coins are in hard plastic or boxed holders, leave them intact.

3. If coins are in rolls, and are labeled, leave them intact.

4. Organize loose coins by each type of coin by placing each type listed below into plastic baggies with a number count on a label or masking tape on each bag. Do not mix coin types within the bags.

a) CENTS:

  • Lincoln, Memorial Reverse.
  • Lincoln, Wheat Reverse.
  • Indian Cents 1880 to 1909.
  • Indian Cents prior to 1880.
  • Flying Eagle Cents.
  • Large Cents 1793-1857.

b) NICKELS:

  • Jefferson Head.
  • Buffalo or Indian Head (Full Date).
  • Buffalo or Indian Head (Partial Date).
  • Buffalo or Indian Head (No Date).
  • Liberty Head or V type.
  • Shield Type.

c) DIMES:

  • Roosevelt Prior to 1965.
  • Mercury or Liberty Dimes.
  • Barber and Liberty Dimes.
  • Liberty Seated Dimes.
  • Bust Dimes.

d) QUARTERS:

  • Washington Quarters prior to 1965.
  • Standing Liberty Quarters.
  • Barber Head Quarters.
  • Liberty Seated Quarters.
  • Bust Quarters.

e) HALF DOLLARS:

  • Kennedy Half Dollars 1965-1970
  • Kennedy Half Dollars prior to 1965
  • Franklin Half Dollars.
  • Walking Liberty Half Dollars.
  • Barber Half Dollars.
  • Seated Liberty Half Dollars.

f) SILVER DOLLARS:

  • Eisenhower (Ike) Dollars
  • Liberty Head or Peace Dollars.
  • Morgan Dollars.
  • Seated Liberty Dollars.
  • Early (Flowing) Hair & Bust Dollars

g) WORLD COINS:

  • Copper, Aluminum and Nickel coins after 1965.
  • Copper, Aluminum and Nickel coins after 1900, but before 1965.
  • Copper, Aluminum and Nickel coins after 1800, but before 1900.
  • Silver coins after 1965.
  • Silver coins after 1900, but before 1965.
  • Silver coins after 1800, but before 1900.
  • All coins dated between 1700 and 1800.
  • All coins dated before 1700.
  • Gold Coins.

5. World Coin Proof sets and boxes should be left in their original holders. If a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) exists, keep with the set/box.

6. On ALL United States Proof, Mint and Commemorative Sets, envelopes and boxes should be left in their original holders, unopened and organized by year.

7. Tokens and miscellaneous materials should be separated by type.

8. Unfold paper money (banknotes) and place flat in an envelope, ensuring as few bends as possible to the note and its corners. With very old paper, be extremely cautious to not damage the note.

9. Put all items that are unknown or unlisted above into a separate container.

10. Please provide a well-lit, quiet area with a flat workspace. Plan to be present during the entire appraisal.

11. After the appraisal has been completed, it is best to keep the collection organized and labeled as specified above until you make the decision concerning your plans for the collection.

12. Long-term storage can present a problem concerning the types of containers used. Some coin or currency containers can cause damage to the coins if left for extended periods of time. We will advise you about the best storage containers to use and the containers that would be discarded.