We Buy Graded Coins


We are active buyers of graded coins. Below you will find some important information about your coins and how our buying process works. Thanks for visiting and considering our services. We look forward to serving you. If you have questions that are not answered here, feel free to call us at 630-761-1500.




A bit about coin grading


Coin values hinge on a combination of rarity and condition. For as long as there have been coin collectors, evaluating the condition of coins has been important. Early on coins were described as good, fine and uncirculated. Additional terms such as very fine and extremely fine were added over time, but there was plenty of room for opinion in these standards.


In 1948 Dr. William Sheldon proposed a 70 point scale in attempt to standardize coin grading. While this was a vast improvement, it still left plenty of room for subjective opinion and did not take into account the experience of the grader.


In 1986 the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) was established, followed by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) in 1987. The advent of reliable third-party grading and guaranteed authenticity was key to increasing collector confidence.


Both companies encapsulate the coins they grade in tamper evident cases and offer guarantees. Coins are graded on a 70 point scale with 70 being the highest grade. There are descriptions of the amount of wear, original luster, amount of detail and strength of the original strike for each numeric value, but in general the grades are as follows:


Prefix Numeric Grade Description
MS 60-70 Mint State (uncirculated)
PF 60-70 Proof (uncirculated)
AU 50, 53, 55, 58 About Uncirculated
XF 40, 45 Extremely Fine
VF 20, 25, 30, 35 Very Fine
F 12, 15 Fine
VG 8, 10 Very Good
G 4, 6 Good
AG 3 About Good
FA 2 Fair
PR 1 Poor


What is a 70 coin? NGC defines it as having no post-production imperfections at 5x magnification. PCGS describes is as "as struck, with full strike":. Any coin graded 65 or above should be a well struck good looking coin.


What is a 1 coin? It is a poor condition coin on which the date and type can still be determined. If the date and type can not be determined, the coin is not gradable.


What are my coins worth?


We understand that before you bring in or mail in your items you will have concerns on the value. Because of the grading standard and guarantees, we do pay a premium for graded coins over ungraded ones. In addition to how rare or common a piece is, several other factors will affect the value.


  • Condition of the piece. We buy coins in good or better condition. Coins in poorer conditions may also have value if they are made of a precious metal or are rare.


  • Current value of silver. Coins made of precious metals will vary in value as the market price of the metal varies.


  • Grading. We pay a premium for coins that have been graded by PCGS or NGC.


  • Demand. How much current demand there is for an item and whether we have stock or are out of it will affect the value.


    What we pay


    Generally, our goal is to pay half the estimated resale value for items that resell for $25 or more. We buy all kinds of U.S. and foreign coins as well as precious metals. Common or rare, loose or in collector albums, graded or ungraded, silver or gold...


    How our buying process works


    We are not a consignment business. We buy your items outright.


    If your want to bring them in, we recommend that you Make an Appointment , so that we can have a buyer available to help you. There is no need to list your items, but if you have more than one brand or product line it helps to sort them that way. Our buyer will go through your items, give you pricing and in most cases get a check cut for you during your appointment. More expensive pieces and pieces that need to be verified as authentic may take more time.


    If like most people, you wish to mail them in, please fill out our form to get things started and let us know your items are coming. If you have enough to qualify for free shipping, we will get prepaid UPS labels to you. While items usually arrive with no problems, we occasionally have items arrive damaged. We are NOT RESPONSIBLE for lost or damaged packages. If you prefer, you are welcome to insure and ship them with the carrier of your choice at your expense, but please fill out the form anyway and include the words "self shipped" in your item description. That way we will be sure to have accurate information for sending your check.


    Once your items arrive, we will process them and mail a check to you within five business days. Please remember that once we drop the check in the mail, the amount of time to deliver the check is in the hands of the postal service. If you want to know exactly when your items arrive, please note your tracking numbers on the prepaid UPS labels and go to www.ups.com to track them.




    Pictures of some of the items we have bought.


    Designer Handbags & Accessories: Coach, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Botkier, Dooney & Bourke, Tod's, Hermès, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo...
    Figurines: Lladro, Armani, Hummel, Dept 56, Precious Moments, B&G, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Disney...
    Crystal: Swarovski, Lalique, Baccarat, Crystal World, Fostoria, Rogaska, Waterford...
    Coins, Bullion and Precious Metals: U.S. Coins, Gold, Silver, Coin Albums, Graded Coins, Mint Sets, Foreign Coins...
    Time Pieces: Rolex, Movado, Pocket Watches, Cartier, Elgin...
    Plush Toys: Ty Beanie Babies, Disney, Warner Brothers, Coca Cola, Steiff...
    Jewelry: Engagement Rings, Gold, Silver, Class Rings, Broken Gold and Silver Jewelry...
    Dolls: Barbie, Madame Alexander, American Girl, Lee Middleton, Ashton Drake, Seymour Mann...
    Cookie Jars: Glenn Appleman, Fitz and Floyd, Star jars, Puritan, McCoy, Hall, Shawnee, American Bisque, Acme, Radko, Metlox, Goebel, Hull, Warner Bros, Disney, Treasure Craft...
    More: Railroad items, Cookie Jars, Trains, Antique Toys...