Tricks of the Trade: Selling Gold Coins

For most of us who are new to the world of gold coins or numismatics might find this article useful, especially if you are about to embark on mission to sell your gold coins. What you must know and what you know may differ greatly and when it comes to selling gold coins, both perspectives are equally important.

First and foremost, when you decide to sell your gold coins, you have to think about, why you bought them in the first place and if it had anything to do with hedging your wealth, but your financial situation got a little out of hand, then maybe ‘selling’ your gold coin or coins may not be the best alternative. Consider using them as collateral to get a ‘friendly’ loan and make a dal whereby, you will be in possession of your coins as soon as you pay the loan within a specific time frame.

This way, you would probably be able to get at least 90 % of the value of your gold coins. If this alternative proves to be unviable and selling them is the only option. Here are some things that you should know and consider before selling your gold coins.

1. What is the Value of the Gold Coin?

Although most gold coins have predetermined values based on their weight in gold, always double check and do your homework as some gold coins gain value due to their rarity and these coins often fetch higher prices than their net weight in gold. Some coins are worth double or triple their net weight in gold, thus make sure you know the exact value of your gold coin.

2. Whom do you sell gold coins to?

Anything containing gold is highly liquid and this means just about anybody would be willing to exchange their cash for your gold. Therefore, in ordr to get the best price out of your gold coin sale, it is best that you shop around and take your coin to more than just 1, 2 or 3 dealers. Take it to at least 5 or 6 dealers and assess the best offer against market value. Alternatively try to sell it online, however, when you do this, do not throw caution to the find, be extremely careful and never let your gold coin or coins out of your sight.

3. Consider the cost of selling gold coins

Normally the best prices offered for gold coins comes from the people who sold it to you in the first place, but you should consider the costs involved in obtaining the coin (shipping and handling and insurance) and the cost of sending it back to them. Compare these costs with what you will be receiving and calculate your returns.

4. Should you really sell your gold coins?

If you can get by without selling your gold coin or coins, then, do not sell. Gold coins increasing in value as they age and over a few years they normally gain numismatic value as they become scarce and this would be an added advantage, if you are able to wait a while.