Preparing Your Coin Collection
for Sale or Appraisal

General Instructions on how to Prepare Your Coin
Collection for Selling or Appraising:



1. If coins are in coin albums, leave the coins in place and do not try to remove them. Some collections may be in 3 ring binders with plastic pages. Organize the pages by type, using the guidelines below. Under no circumstance should you attempt to clean any coins in any way!

2. If any coins are in hard plastic or boxed holders, leave them intact.

3. If coins are in rolls, and are labeled, leave them intact.

4. Organize loose coins by each type of coin by placing each type listed below into plastic baggies with a number count on a label or masking tape on each bag. Do not mix coin types within the bags.




Please sort as follows:

A. Cents

  1. Lincoln - 1959 to date
  2. Lincoln - Wheat Reverse 1909 to 1958
  3. Indian Cents 1859 to 1909
  4. Flying Eagle Cents 1856 to 1858
  5. Large Cents 1793 to 1857
  6. Half Cents 1793 to 1857




B. Nickels

  1. Jefferson 1950 to date
  2. Jefferson 1938 to 1949
  3. Buffalo or Indian Head (Full Date) 1913 to 1938
  4. Buffalo or Indian Head (Partial Date)
  5. Buffalo or Indian Head (No Date)
  6. Liberty Head also known as V Nickels 1883 to 1912
  7. Shield Type 1866 to 1883




C. Half Dimes 1794 to 1873





D. Dimes

  1. Roosevelt 1965 to date
  2. Roosevelt Prior to 1946 to 1964
  3. Mercury or Liberty Head Dimes 1916 to 1945
  4. Barber Head Dimes 1892 to 1916
  5. Liberty Seated Dimes 1838 to 1891
  6. Bust Dimes 1815 to 1838
  7. Draped Bust 1796 to1807




E. Twenty Cent Pieces 1875 to 1878





F. Quarters

  1. Washington 1965 to date
  2. Washington Quarters 1932 to 1964
  3. Standing Liberty Quarters 1916 to 1930
  4. Barber Head Quarters 1892 to 1916
  5. Liberty Seated Quarters 1838 to 1891
  6. Bust Quarters 1815 to 1838
  7. Draped Bust 1796 to 1807




G. Half Dollars

  1. Kennedy Half Dollars 1971 to date
  2. Kennedy Half Dollars 1965 to 1970
  3. Kennedy Head Half Dollars 1964
  4. Franklin Head Half Dollars 1948 to 1963
  5. Walking Liberty Half Dollars 1916 to 1947
  6. Barber Head Half Dollars 1892 to 1916
  7. Seated Liberty Half Dollars 1839 to 1891
  8. Bust Half Dollars 1807 to 1836
  9. Early Half Dollars 1794 to 1807




H. Silver Dollars

  1. Eisenhower Dollars 1971 to 1976 (not all are Silver)
  2. Peace Dollars also known as Liberty Head 1921 to 1935
  3. Morgan Dollars 1878 to 1921
  4. Seated Liberty Dollars 1840 to 1873
  5. Early Flowing Hair and Bust Dollars 1794 to 1804




I. Gold Coins

5. If any World Coins are in hard plastic, cardboard or boxed holders, leave them intact.

6. Organize loose World Coins into the following groups by placing each type listed below into plastic baggies with the number count on a label or masking tape on each bag.

  • A. Copper, Aluminum and Nickel coins after 1965
  • B. Copper, Aluminum and Nickel coins after 1900, but before 1965
  • C. Copper, Aluminum and Nickel coins after 1800, but before 1900
  • D. Silver coins after 1965
  • E. Silver coins after 1900, but before 1965
  • F. Silver coins after 1800, but before 1900
  • G. All coins dated between 1700 and 1800
  • H. All coins dated before 1700
  • I. Gold Coins
  • K. World Coin Proof sets and boxes should be left in their original holders.




7. On all United States Proof, Mint, and Commemorative Sets, envelopes and boxes should be left in their original holders, unopened, and organized by year.

8. Tokens and Miscellaneous materials should be sorted separately by type.

9. Unfold paper money and place flat in an envelope, ensuring as few bends as possible to the note and its corners. With very old paper, be very careful.

10. Put all items that are unknown or unlisted above in a separate container.

11. After the appraisal has been completed, it is best to keep the collection organized and labeled as specified above until you make a decision concerning your plans for the collection.

12. Long-term storage can present a problem concerning the types of containers used. Some coin or currency containers will actually cause damage the longer they have contact with items. We will advise you about the best storage containers to use and the containers that should be discarded.



This experience can be both enjoyable and cost effective. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by phone or email. Suzanne Stewart, Abacus Coins & Bullion Info@AbacusCoins.com 407-913-COIN (2646)