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Vallejo Coin Exchange

127 Tennessee St
Vallejo, CA
(707) 554-1754

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

When did the US stop making silver coins?
Half dollars from 1965 to 1970 are 40% silver. Dimes, Quarters, and Half Dollars from 1964 and prior are 90% silver.

How much can I get for my scrap gold (broken chains, rings, earrings, dental gold etc.)?
We do not quote prices for scrap over the phone. The gold market changes many times throughout the day. Please bring it down for a free appraisal.

What is a Silver Dollar worth?
Silver Dollars vary in value; we would need to see the coins to give you an accurate value.

What is the rarest US coin?
There are many rare coins, including several coins from the colonial era. Some of the more common “rare” coins are the 1909 S VDB penny, the 1916 D dime, the 1901 S Barber quarter, 1872 two cent piece, 1872 silver 3 cent piece, And many more If you have a question on any coin you have please don’t hesitate to call us.

How do I clean my coins?
It is not a good idea to clean a silver or gold coin. Coins can be cleaned or preserved by a professional.

How are coins graded?
Everyone’s opinions on grading coins are different. In order to get an accurate grade your coin should be sent to a professional grading company.

What makes a coin valuable?
It depends on the rarity and condition of the coin.

What are the different types of silver dollars?
The more common ones are; Draped Bust dollars from 1795-1804, Trade dollars from 1873-1885, Morgan dollars from 1878-1921, Peace dollars from 1921-1935, and the 1971S Eisenhower dollar which is 40% silver.

How can I learn more about coins?
There are many reference books available. One of the best is “The Red Book.” We have this and many other books available. Or come in and talk to our knowledgeable staff.

What is a proof set?
A proof set is a full set of coins from a specific year – penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar, and dollar if they are minted that year which are in perfect original condition. Proof sets were minted from 1936 to present. Proof sets are also minted in silver.

What is a mint set?
A mint set is an uncirculated set of the same coins as in a proof set. Mint sets were minted from 1947 to present.

Are any of them valuable?
One of the more valuable sets is the 1999 silver proof set. The 1936 set is also valuable.

What is the best way to keep your coins in good condition?
There are collection albums which coins can be stored in. there are also tubes made specifically to hold coins. Avoid handling your coins to help preserve their value.

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