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Hidden Treasures - Rare Coins in Grand Rapids

Hidden Treasures - Rare Coins in Grand Rapids
Valuable Coin Found by Michigan College Student

I love the stories I hear from clients who “just got lucky,” and stumbled upon rare coins.   A recent example is the story of a Michigan State University student from Grand Rapids who purchased about 25 silver dollars from a neighbor’s garage sale a few years ago. He paid somewhere between $250-$350 for the group. As the story goes, he held the coins for a few years and finally decided it was time to find out what they were really worth.  

The MSU junior contacted me at Mullen Coins to ask if I could take a look. He also said he had one Morgan Dollar that, according to his research, was potentially quite valuable and he wanted me to help send it to PCGS (Profession Coin Grading Service) for grading and authentication.   While nearly everyone hopes that one of their treasures turns out to be a rare and valuable item, most often the coin turns out to be fairly common.   In this case, the young man was right!   He had a genuine 1893-S Morgan Dollar… the rarest circulation strike of the entire Morgan series and a highly collectible coin.

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Grand Rapids Coin Dealer Tips for New Coin Collectors

Top Ten Do’s:

  • Study coins and become a knowledgeable collector. Consider subscribing to coin trade journals (Numismatic News and Coin World offer a wealth of detailed information).

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Characteristics of rare, collectable, and valuable coins

In this blog post we discuss the key elements that make a coin rare, collectable, and valuable.

  • Precious Metal – Gold/Silver/Platinum

  • Specific Dates and Mint Mark (a letter indicating where the coin was made)

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Sell your high value coins | Coin Collection Selling Tips | Grand Rapids Coin Dealer Mullen Coins

What are my coins worth?" is the most common first question I get from people who have inherited coin collections and accumulations from relatives. They are not collectors themselves, but assume because Dad or Uncle Joe saved these coins, they must be valuable. And, they could be.  However, because coin values are determined by a wide variety of factors, there is no simple answer. A better question to ask would be, “Who can help me sell my coins for the maximum value?”

Selling a rare coin is akin to selling an antique or fine art. Knowledge is power. A fine antique in original condition and in excellent shape can be very valuable… often many times the value of a lesser condition refinished piece. But if you’re a novice, how do you know if it is original? How do you know what defines “excellent shape?” An expert would need to help you by rendering a professional opinion about your antiques or fine art. Coins are very similar.

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