Pearl Harbor Flag
Flown on the U.S.S. Talbot
December 7, 1941 through February 1, 1942

Antique flags, vintage maps, concert posters & classic movie posters are all attainable collectibles, popular with a wide range of collectors who love to display & enjoy them. The fragile properties of paper & fabric themselves make these genuine collectibles difficult to maintain in mint condition whether the item has been displayed over time, or packed away. These items all too often fall prey to discoloration over time, which detracts from value. While the fabric on earlier flags is often found with rips, frayed & tattered edges, antique maps & posters are commonly the victims of small pinholes in the corners from being hung. Depending on subject, rarity, and design, antique maps, old flags, and vintage posters all have a place in the collector world.

America’s First Flag

Antique maps & early American flags are relatively common. However, some rare versions & designs can be extremely valuable depending on age, condition, size, and specific design. This popular 13-Star version of the American flag is very common. The US Navy continued official use of this design until 1916, and has been continuously produced since 1777, and is still commercially produced today.

Like antique maps over the centuries, old flags from more modern eras were both common subjects of forgery. Distinguishing between real & replica, fake & genuine are skills that are honed by serious collectors and reputable dealers over years of studying minute details and slight nuances that can differentiate an authentic piece from a well-designed replica.

If you have an antique flag, old map, movie, or concert poster you want to sell, it is important to work with a reputable dealer with the skills, tools, & references to evaluate your item for authenticity, as much as obtaining the item’s true value on the current market. Our antique flag & vintage map appraisers have the expertise you need to rely on for distinguishing between fakes, forgeries, and facsimiles from an authentic period piece. PGS antique flag buyers, vintage map appraisers are Chicagoland’s premier appraisers you can trust to receive a fair evaluation of your item based on industry expertise, experience-based knowledge, and current market values.

Free Evaluations for your Antiques

We offer fair and free appraisals with no risk or obligation to sell. With a personal passion for historical flags, vintage maps & posters, our experts are ready to evaluate your item/s and present you with a cash offer to buy a single piece or the entirety of your collection.

Follow these quick steps:

  1. Lay your item on a table and take some general overview pictures. Look for any markings, hallmarks, or stamps that will help identify the item, take pictures of those also. Using a white background produces the best pictures. Make notes and photograph any areas of damage or discoloration. Please be sure to include a full-view image of the item, with no cropping.
  2. Include accurate measurements of the item. Describe the item with as much information as possible. Example: year, era, model, issue, and any provenance you may have.

    * Flags
    If you are submitting photos of a flag for evaluation, you should include close-up images of the center point where the red, white & blue join, and the hoist/sleeve section.

  3. Send your photos to Be sure to include your complete contact information name, address, mobile number, and email.
If you’re looking for an antique flag dealer, vintage map appraiser, movie/concert poster appraiser, where you can sell your old flag, or have your antique map or posters appraised, contact PGS Gold & Coin today. We are a trusted antique flag dealer, antique map buyer, and vintage poster appraiser in the Chicago area and Midwest region. As a certified coin expert and precious metal specialist, PGS Gold & Coin can buy, sell, and appraise a wide variety of high-end items. Our retail stores and online store have a large inventory of rare coins, antique silver coins, U.S. gold coins, foreign gold coins, silver dollars, type coins, foreign silver coins, 90% junk silver coins, ancient coins, medals tokens exonumia, old U.S. currency & Confederate currency, foreign currency, gold bullion, silver bullion, platinum bullion, palladium bullion, rhodium bullion, diamond engagement rings, loose diamonds, and gemstones. Our online store inventory includes all of the above plus autographed sports memorabilia, historical documents, militaria & war memorabilia, pocket watches & timepieces, comic books, antique toys and trains, musical instruments, rare stamps, estate jewelry, fur coats, luxury items, designer handbags and purses, fine wine collections, antiques, and collectibles. We also buy and sell smartphones, cell phones, iPads, laptops, video game consoles, and other new in the box electronics.

For more information from a certified antique dealer 
about buying selling appraising your antique maps, old flags and vintage movie posters

Call your trusted local numismatist PGS Gold & Coin (888) 416-2701

PGS Gold & Coin has retail coin shops conveniently located in the Chicago suburbs of
Palatine (847) 348-6447, Wheaton (630) 868-3412, Schaumburg (847) 278-7691, and Villa Park (331) 209-9854

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PGS Gold & Coin’s mission is to provide our customers with fair market value in exchange for any unwanted rare coins, platinum, gold, silver, diamond, jewelry, and collectibles. We strive to deliver the highest quality of customer service each and every day.

PGS Gold & Coin is locally owned and family operated since 2008. PGS has become one of the premier and most trusted rare coin and precious metals dealers in the Midwest region & Chicagoland area.

We are a Certified Coin Dealer by PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation), and PMG (Paper Money Guaranty). We are a proud sponsor of the ANA (American Numismatic Association) and have an A+ Rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau).

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