Frequently Asked Questions

Coin Questions?

We buy all kinds of coins including U.S. coins, foreign coins and ancient coins. We also buy tokens and medals.

No, never clean your coins. Collectors prefer coins with the original patina. unaltered. Cleaning a coin can drastically reduce its value.

This is not always the case. Coin values are based on several factors including year it was made, mint it was made, condition of the coin and current market demand.

Dimes: 1964 & Prior
Quarters: 1964 & Prior
Halves: 1970 & Prior

Jewelry Questions?

Karat is a measure of gold purity in jewelry. 24K is pure gold. 14k is 58.5% pure gold. The higher the karat, the more valuable the item is per gram.

Yes we do. Little diamonds 1/4 carat or smaller doesn’t have much value currently. We do pay top dollar for diamonds that are 1/2 Carat or bigger.

Pennyweight (abbreviated as “dwt”) is the measurement we use to weigh your gold or platinum. There are 20 Pennyweights in a troy ounce. Which is the same as 31.1 grams in a troy ounce.

We will buy jewelry that is made out of gold, silver, platinum or palladium. If you are not sure what you have, stop by our shop and we will be happy to appraise your items.

In most cases, if you paid $500 for a necklace at a jewelry store you paid a “retail price”. The “resale value” of your necklace is not equivalent to “retail price”. “Retail prices” are higher than the actual value of the metal or diamonds that you may own. We consider the value of the metal or diamonds when making an offer to purchase such a piece, but you will not recoup the $500 you paid “retail price” (in just about every case).

Sports Cards & Military Questions?

No, we do not buy ALL sports cards and comics but we will be happy to look at any collection you have to gauge our interest and determine the value we can offer you. More often we buy sports cards from 1975 & prior. Unfortunately, most (but not all) sports cards & comics newer than these years have limited value.

In most cases, we offer consignment services to sell your military items. Our consignment service charge is 20%. We have sold thousands of items through our weekly auctions over the years. Consigned items will most likely be auctioned in one of our online auctions to provide it the most exposure and fastest sale turn-around time. For select items, we may also make an offer to buy the item outright.

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