FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL QUESTIONS:

What's my coin worth?
The value of a coin is based on rarity and condition, not how old it is. The first step in determining the value of your coin is to identify what it is. Using the CoinFacts site, simply look up the denomination (the stated value on the coin), match the design type, find the date and mintmark, then go to that individual page. The PCGS Price Guide information listed on that page will show the values for the most important grades and is expandable to show prices for all grades. The value of your coin depends on its grade. You can get an approximate idea of the grade by using PCGS Photograde™ Online. PCGS offers authentication and grading services and, since the PCGS Price Guide applies only to PCGS-graded coins, certification of your coin is the next step.

Should I clean my coins?
Generally speaking, you should never clean your coins.  Collectors prefer original, natural surfaces and will usually discount cleaned coins, sometimes heavily.  Because condition is such a big contributor to value, it doesn't take much to destroy the value of a rare coin, so leave the cleaning to the experts.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS:

I have a 1943 Bronze Cent.  How can I tell if it is real?
Less than a dozen genuine 1943 Bronze Cents are known, but there are literally tens of thousands of copper-plated 1943 Steel Cents.  Test a suspect 1943 Bronze Cent with a magnet.  If the coin is attracted to the magnet, it's been copper-plated.  If not, contact us immediately.