If you want to know the collector value of your Lincoln Cent (or other copper cent), PriceThatCoin.com will quickly, inexpensively appraise your coin for you.
Expert Numismatic Appraisal.
Whether you’re wondering if your 1914-D Bronze Wheat Cent is real, or if your 1983 Lincoln Memorial is really a DDR that will certify Mint State 65 Red-Brown, we love to help collectors learn more about their coins.
The condition of copper coins like Lincoln Cents and Large Cents has a substantial impact on the coin’s value to collectors. And condition can be tricky to ascertain. Also, there are counterfeit Lincoln Cents on the market that have been on the market for years. There are also many problem coins – coins that have subtle or obvious problems that impact their collectible value substantially. On top of that, there are varieties of each year and mint mark that are heavily collected (and therefore more valuable). The expert coin graders and professional numismatists at PriceThatCoin.com will help you quickly ascertain an accurate market value of your exact coin in a much more reliable way than any free price guide can.
After we review your coins, the Academy of Coins© (the professional numismatists behind PriceThatCoin.com) sometimes recommends coin certification by a reputable third-party coin certification company like PCGS or NGC. The cost per coin is usually between $30 and $50 (sometimes much more, depending on the services you require) and the whole process often takes between three weeks and 60 days. Your coin’s grade (authenticity and condition, directly related to its market value) is then guaranteed by that certification company.
Before you invest the time and money in certification, find out if you should send your coin to a TPG. Use our Numismatist’s Professional Opinion service to find out your coin’s value. Or, if you’re sure you have a special variety (whether we’re talking Sheldons or Fivaz-Stantons), use our Complete Numismatic Report to get the details about your coin. PriceThatCoin.com’s service was designed to be much faster and much less expensive than traditional certification. And if you’re wondering if you should get your coin certified, we’ll tell you!
About the Academy of Coins©
The staff here at PriceThatCoin.com are all members of the Academy of Coins©, and we’ve appraised thousands of coins through the years. We’re expert numismatic graders. Grading coins accurately consists of authenticating the coins, then assessing their condition including potential problems that many novice graders miss that have the potential to substantially impact a coin’s value. We’re also experts at attributing varieties like DDOs and DDRs.
If you’re interested, you can learn more about coin grading by reading the Academy of Coins©’ article explaining coin grade and how it translates to market value. Accurate coin grading is an art and science that takes years to master.
Case Study: Charles* the Cherrypicker
Charles is a young numismatist who enjoys Coin Roll Hunting. He’s putting together a baseline Wheat Set from bank rolls he trades out every couple of weeks. His collection isn’t worthy of any Registry, but it’s a start! And more importantly, he’s having fun – and learning a lot of history.
He stumbled upon a 1969 Lincoln Memorial Cent in very nice condition that he thinks might be a doubled-die obverse (DDO). He’s thinking about sending the coin into a TPG for certification. It’s expensive – the TPGs want a couple of hundred dollars to join up and submit, and he’s nervous about borrowing that much money. But he’s sure it’s a DDO and it would pay off.
Rather than jumping the gun, he decided to submit it to PriceThatCoin.com online first. When we got back to him with a collectible value of just a few cents, he knew he got excited for nothing. After taking a few days to cool off, he looked at some more pictures online and realized that in fact, his coin was not a DDO. But now he knows what they really look like, and he’s ready in case one comes his way!
By using PriceThatCoin.com, she saved about $230 on shipping and certification. He only spent $7 to get a Numismatist’s Professional Opinion, and he knows if he wanted us to check his coin against all popularly collected varieties, he could have spent just $20 for a Complete Numismatic Report that would have described all of the varieties. Since his coin came back priced in the AU range, he knew it wasn’t worth it for this coin. Maybe the next one!
*Names have been changed protect the innocent. But don’t worry Charles, we all mistakenly think we have a doubled-die once in a while!
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