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Ashmore Rare Coins & Metals Staff
Values for these things literally change continuously. Precious metals pricing is dynamic with prices varying throughout the day. Diamonds are also quite dynamic. Any dealer you contact will most likely require you to come into their shop to give you any pricing. We will, however, always do our best over the phone to give you some idea of what your items are worth. We are an “open book” regarding pricing and don't mind telling you what you will get, what we will get, and why. We feel that we build our best relationships by trying to educate our clients.
There are no reliable pricing sources online that are free services. There are, however, values for coins at www.greysheet.com and values for diamonds at www.rapaport.com. A very good source for information on coins is at www.coinfacts.com. All of these are paid services, and you will likely need us to help you understand the differences between published and market pricing. You may find the current spot price for gold at www.ashmore.com, and several other locations. Depending on the type of precious metals you want or have will dictate what percentages of spot you will pay or receive, depending on whether you are buying or selling.
Quite simply, published prices vary from wholesale to multiples of retail values. Depending on what it is your are selling, the best guides still have understood market percentages…for instance, often prices in the Rapaport Diamond Report are about triple what you will be offered for your diamonds. Prices in the “greysheet” for coins will be what WE sell them for. You can expect to get between 60-90% of those values depending on what you have.
Appraisals are normally calculated for RETAIL replacement value and are made to cover inflation for 3 years. Retail values are the real catch here. Some types of jewelry are marked up 100% and others as much as 1200%!! So, sorrily, we will not be able to give you a percentage relative to your appraised value up front.
We buy ALL solid gold from 1 Karat to 24 Karat, ALL silver from .100 fine to .999 fine, and ALL Platinum from .100 fine to .999 fine. Additionally, we will do the best we can to purchase Palladium, Rhodium, Iridium, Ruthenium, Osmium, Rhenium, Indium, and Electrum. Copper coins are also a certainty.
We only buy stamps of truly significant value. This would be U.S. stamps made between 1850 and 1900 for the most part, plus a handful of other rarities. Most stamps from 1930 to current are only worth their face value and we would likely recommend you “lick them and stick them.” You may be able to get a percentage of their face value from us or another dealer if you have unused sheets.