Honest Coin Appraisals & Values Determinations for Owners, Collectors, Buyers & Sellers

Brigitte Kruse of Brigitte Kruse Appraisal Services is a highly educated, fifth generation appraiser. Her passion serves her career by diverging in languages, culture and history around the world. Brigitte Kruse has had years of experience writing countless appraisals subject to all guidelines and regulations as well as being called into a number of court cases as an expert witness. Brigitte Kruse Appraisal Services support staff is equally trained and experienced to provide our valued customers with valuation services as well as appraisal services. All appraisals are guaranteed to fulfill the guidelines as well as meet the high standards and code of ethics of both the Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) as they are expertly written.

How Much Are Your Coins Worth?

There is much to be said for the piggy bank. It can hold a few dollars of change, which can come in handy if the ice cream tucks passes by or for a rainy day. On the other hand, it could be holding a treasure worth considerably more. Those with coin collections, whether they are antique, vintage, rare, modern, or anything in between could be an exciting prospect. But, knowing what your coin or multiple coins are actually worth is easily accomplished with Brigitte Kruse Appraisal Services.

What Determines the Value of Coins? Year & Mint of Origin, Errors, Condition, Toning & Metals

To begin evaluating the value of any coin, it begins with the year and mint of origin. Throughout the country, coins are minted and the mint marks determine the mint origin. Depending on the year it was made can give more insight as to what the metal and materials the coin derived from. As a result, some coins can be considered rare, which translates to increase in value. Coins are graded based on the amount and position of wear to coin surface. Coins that have obvious abuse and damage lose value; which is why sometimes you will find two identical coins originating from the same mint and year that are differently priced. Error coins are also worth significantly more than those minted as intended. Coins that are exquisitely toned (fine layers of oxidation on the surface of the coin due from the chemical reactions with the immediate environment) are worth more to avid coin collectors. The coin toning creates beautiful coloration, and some collectors will be willing to pay prime rates for such a treasure. Metals used to engineer the coin are also taken in to account. Precious metals like gold and silver significantly increase the value of the coin. This could help coins that have deteriorated retain value due on the metal value alone.

Tips & Guide to Starting a Beginners Coin Collection

If you have just inherited a coin collection, or looking to begin one, here are a few things to remember:
Don’t Clean Coins. If you do not know have formal training, cleaning the coins wrong could result in damage. It’s ok for coins to look their age.
Handling Silver, Gold & Other Coins. Coins require special handling. It is optimal to be wearing a pair of cotton gloves, and hold the coins by the room as opposed to the back or face. With the different oils and particulates that can easily be on your hands, some coins could have a bad reaction or even accumulate the wrong layers of filth.
Coin Storage. Do your homework; there are many options for storing coins and some methods are more optimal than others. Consider your return investment on getting your coins stored under prime conditions.

Honest Coin Appraisals & Values Determinations for Owners, Collectors, Buyers & Sellers in Beverly Hills, Agoura Hills, Palm Springs, Indio & Southern California

Brigitte Kruse Appraisal Services specializes in coins. With our vast knowledge and expertise, as well as performing the necessary research and tests, we can appraise your coin collection. Whether you are looking to sell or to insure, we can get it done quickly and efficiently. Call us today to get started!