No matter if you are the owner of a single rare coin or if you have an entire collection of valuable coins, it’s important that you work with a reputable coin dealer when you’re ready to sell. A reputable coin dealer is one who has extensive numismatic knowledge and a high level of integrity, is responsible, and has been in business for a number of years.

Dealers buy collectible coins from everyone – someone who found g a valuable coin on the sidewalk, individuals who have inherited entire coin collections from their great-grandparents, and people who are avid coin collectors. In almost every circumstance, the goal of the coin owner when selling a single coin or a bundle of coins is to get the best possible price. The trick to selling coins for top dollar is finding a coin dealer who truly understands the value of your coin(s) and can be trusted to make a fair and reasonable offer to purchase your items.

Tips on How to Identify a Reputable Coin Dealer:

Do your homework. If you are in the market to sell a single coin or a collection of coins, make sure to do your own research in order to  learn as much as possible about the coin(s). If you know a bit about the coin(s), you will not be surprised or caught off guard by the offer a coin dealer might make for your item(s).

Seek recommendations and testimonials. If you’re new to the world of selling coins, you can ask your friends and relatives for coin dealer recommendations. However, if you don’t know anyone who has ever sold a rare coin, or an entire coin collection to a dealer, there are other methods for determining  the coin dealer to choose. Many reputable coin dealers publish written testimonials on their websites, and these are very good resources.

Understand that experience does matter. When you are ready to sell your coin(s), you want to make sure to use a coin dealer who has extensive experience. The last thing you want is to sell your coin(s) for what you thought was a good price, and then find out later that due to the dealer’s inexperience or lack of knowledge, you were shortchanged. In most industries, experience matters – and numismatics is no exception!

Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable selling your coin(s) to a particular coin dealer, simply don’t do it.  Reputable coin dealers should come across as professional, courteous, helpful, knowledgeable, and willing to go out of their way to evaluate your coin(s). If you are ready to sell your coin(s), make sure the coin dealer does not rush you or pressure you to sell for a price that does not seem fair.