FREQUENTLY ASKED 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.
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