As a rare coin dealer, I never know what might walk into my office. Most people tend to bring the same thing to me all day long, but it is the vague hope that something extraordinary might surface that keeps me going day after day.
Last week was that day. Someone called me in the morning claiming to own their grandfather’s group of old coins. Expecting the standard group of miscellaneous material, I was somewhat surprised when they pulled out boxes of uncirculated war nickels and early Jefferson nickels. They were told by a relative to take all their coins to the bank because the coins’ value was only face, so you might imagine their surprise when I offered four figures for their nickels!
Things only improved from there. The next box contained 50 or 60 envelopes with notations on the back recording the Coins date of purchase and original dealer whom sold them the coins. Included with this blog is a photograph of several envelopes.
My jaw dropped as I inspected the coins contained inside: four rare pattern, or experimental design, Indian cents in gem condition were included in the envelopes. There were also high-grade uncirculated early buffalo nickels, key-date Indian Cents, and a nearly uncirculated 1885 liberty nickel. Best of all, each coin had been carefully stored in a high-quality container since the 1940’s and 50’s. All told, the coins netted low five figures!
If you have an old coin collection sitting around your home, you might want to find out what it is worth. Contact Coins of America to get the ball rolling. Who knows: you may end up talking to me on the telephone! Just remember to never clean or polish your coins. Whether you are thinking of selling, upgrading, adding to your collection, or just finding out what your coins and currency are worth, here is a tremendous place to start. Happy hunting!!