Questions & Answers
Questions about coins and currency? Have them answered by Marc Rosner, a true numismatist! See what others have asked about their collections, and then get some information on your own collection.
That's like asking a dentist the safe way to fill your own cavity. Odds are an untrained person will do irreversible damage. If the "green" corrosion is very light it may be salvageable. If it's a valuable piece. I offer conservation services that may be worth it. To illustrate: I was doing an appraisal for a lawyer in Br...
Here is my honest opinion, borne out of experience. As much as I love coins and bullion, I would not advise you to "stack" silver or other precious metals for a number of reasons. Silver and gold are not great long term investments, unless you happen to time things right. They don't go perpetually up, they wander wit...
Silver, as an investment, wanders in value. Buy it if it makes you happy.
Buy it if it makes you happy!
These are worth their weight in silver, about $17.50 per ounce today. I advise you buy it to enjoy it, not as an investment.
I usually keep such notes for my own collection. I have a nice Ballston Spa note for $250, small size; and some more common ones from New York City. You should read about obsolete currency, and check out the auction archives of Heritage Currency for local banks.
Eughan, your situation is more common than you may realize and one of our specialties. Check EVERYWHERE, every file folder could contain currency, the attic floorboards could be covering silver and gold. My mother found diamonds in my grandmother's condo, they were inside a shirt that was sealed in the original Macy's package like new. I can als...
The short answer is yes. Unless you are trained to do it, cleaning a coin will remove the oxidation, or "toning," and render it much lower in value. Once that's done, trying to fix it will only make things worse. A qualified numismatist may know how to clean off dirt and grease and restore a coin to its original beauty; but like a fine piece of ...
Of course! Call me at 914-649-3317 I can figure out all sorts of things with you over the phone. --Marc
First, don't clean anything. Keep the coins stored in a cool, dark, dry place. We can do an appraisal when you're ready!
I can appraise or purchase. Often these have nominal value; sometimes more. Marc 914-649-3317.
We can lock in a rate in advance, or trade based upon the current spot price. Call me at 9147-649-3317.
They are all steel. Some may look like they are a different metal because of oxidation. We buy these for 1.5 cents apiece, and sell them for 2 cents. We can pay more for a large number, such as ten or more rolls ($5 face value).
Yes. But Stamps rarely have value.
This is possibly the most common question we get asked. Your 1943 cent (Britain has pennies, not us!) is worth a cent. The confusion arises from the fact that these cents were made out of zinc-coated steel. While there are a few copper 1943 cents (and a few steel 1944's) out there, I'm confident you don't have one. You'll know because you can li...
This depends on the grade and mint Mark, I have to see them. Also a full sovereign and a half sovereign they look exactly the same and so it should be weighed or measured. An uncirculated Australia sovereign of that date can retail for &400. A worn common one scraps at $250. That's your range. It was made as a bullion product and i...
Odds are it's worth $15-20. The U.S. government made millions more silver dollars than were ever needed because of a powerful silver lobby. Hundreds of thousands have been found in modern times in uncirculated bank bags. Your early dollar may look great, but the dies were sharp back then and many people set them aside. It's harder to find a dime...
All dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollars minted 1964 and earlier. Many were set aside from circulation around that time, and as of today (March 13, 2018) they are worth about twelve times face value. So a dime is worth $1.20 in silver.
You will get about the same either way. We pay more than the melters because we have retail clients.
Regular issue Kennedy half dollars, at today’s silver price, are worth $6 for 1964 specimens; $2.50 for 1965-1970; and half a dollar thereafter.
Susan, your half dollars are probably worth $12-15. If the 1921s are the newer style Peace Dollar, they are somewhat more. The paper currency and cents are probably so close to face value you should give them to kids. Perhaps you can get them off the smart phone for a minute and develop a hobby. The other things are probably worth more for their...