Questions to Ask Your Collectables Dealer

It is important to know as much information as you can when buying or selling coins, stamps, and autographs. Your collectables dealer can help you find the information you need, but you must be certain that you are dealing with a reputable dealer. Read on for some questions to ask your dealer before your collectables transactions.

Is there a certificate of authenticity?

Many collectables—such as autographs, artwork, and memorabilia—should come with a certificate of authenticity. This document states that an item has been confirmed as being authentic. Other documents that can also determine an item’s authenticity can be a bill of sale or receipt from an established dealer, agent, or representative. It is very important that you see a certificate of authenticity before purchasing a collectable, and ensure that it has gone through the proper verification channels.

Is this your area of specialty?

There are many dealers who specialize in certain areas. For example, a coin specialist may be more qualified to sell you rare coins over rare stamps. Ensure that your collectables dealer is knowledgeable in the items you are hoping to collect or sell. If you are working with an antiques shop or pawn shop, then ask to work with the employee most experienced in your collectables. This will ensure you are receiving correct information and prices.

Has this item been independently graded?

There are different agencies and organizations that grade popular collectables, such as coins and stamps. These grades help set the value and authenticity of these collectable items. Ask your collectables dealer if your coin or stamp has been graded by a trusted organization. Coins are often graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation or the Professional Coin Grading Service. The Philatelic Foundation can be trusted for grading stamps.

You can trust the experts of Coins of the Realm to deliver you quick and accurate information for all of your collectables and autographs in Rockville, MD. Please visit us online or call us at (301) 340-1640 to speak with our specialists right away.

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