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Here’s How to Sell a Coin Collection in Seattle

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Did you know that the value of the global coin collection market was worth $8.8 billion in 2022? Perhaps more impressively, it’s set to grow at approximately 10.5% per year, reaching $17.3 billion by 2029.

Okay, so maybe your coin collection isn’t worth billions — but you may be surprised at how much it is worth. But how do you sell a coin collection? Or even figure out how much it might be worth?

This guide explores the different ways to sell a coin collection in the Seattle area. If you’re reading this from elsewhere, most of these methods are still relevant to you!

How to Sell a Coin Collection in Seattle

Here’s the step-by-step breakdown of the different ways to go about selling a coin collection in the greater Seattle area.

1. Stop by Bellevue Rare Coins

Selling coins to Bellevue Rare Coins

The simplest method at your disposal is to come into one of Bellevue Rare Coins’ convenient Seattle-area locations. We have locations in Bellevue, Issaquah, Lynnwood, and Tacoma.

Selling to Bellevue Rare Coins is quick and easy:

  1. Stop by any of our stores during business hours (or make an appointment if you prefer)
  2. Our friendly staff will evaluate your items and determine their value
  3. We’ll make a cash offer for your items
  4. If you accept, you can walk out with cash or check in hand in just a few minutes!

You are never obligated to sell to Bellevue Rare Coins. We will evaluate your items and tell you what we can pay for them. If you’re not interested in selling at that point, no problem! You can also choose to sell individual coins in your collection, or the whole thing.

Bellevue Rare Coins strives to offer the highest payouts possible for our valued clients. We base our offers on the current market value of your coins, plus their condition and the current rare coin market.

Learn more about selling to Bellevue Rare Coins here.

2. Connect With a Local Coin Club

If you enjoy coins and want to connect with fellow coin collectors, joining a coin club is a great option. You won’t necessarily be able to quickly sell your collection, but you can chat with other coin enthusiasts and sell/trade specific coins they might be interested in.

We put together a Washington State coin club directory for our community! Find your local club in our directory.

3. Sell Your Coin Collection Online

Another option is to sell a coin collection online, for instance by posting it on eBay. For this approach, you’ll need to take very good pictures of your items and then describe them in the item description.

Selling a large coin collection online might be tricky. You’ll earn more if you piece it out and sell individual coins (but this takes more effort).

While coins can fetch a good value on eBay, keep in mind three key things:

  • eBay fees will cost you at least 13.25% of the sale price, plus you’ll have to pay for payment processing fees. Budget for fees of at least 16% overall. That means if you sell a coin for $50, you’ll only actually get around $42.
  • Shipping costs can also add up, especially for larger collections. Make sure to either charge your customers for shipping, or budget for shipping costs yourself.
  • Scams and returns are possible. Make sure to read the details of the eBay seller protection policy.

4. Sell Directly to a Coin Collector

If you know someone else who collects coins, they may be interested in purchasing your collection or specific items. If you don’t personally know anyone, you could also advertise your collection on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or OfferUp.

If you go this route, make sure to meet in a safe public location. Theft is always a possibility, so proceed with caution when selling valuables!

How Much Are Coin Collections Worth?

There’s no quick way to answer this question. The value of a coin collection depends on:

  • The rarity of the coins
  • The condition of the coins
  • The precious metal (gold and silver) content
  • The current market conditions and coin prices

For individual coins, you can research values online using the PCGS coin price guide. This is easier for coins that are graded. However, keep in mind that these price guides are just a basic guideline – they don’t necessarily tell you what a dealer or a coin collector might be willing to pay for your coins.

The only reliable way to determine a coin collection’s value is to get it evaluated by a trusted coin expert. In the Seattle region, Bellevue Rare Coins is the best place to get your coin collection evaluated.

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    Issaquah, WA 98027
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    Tacoma, WA 98402
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