What are my old coins worth?

How to value a coin?

If you have some old British coins or some reasonably new ones if we are talking about limited edition 50p or pound coins then you probably want to know what they are worth. How can you find out?

Well there are three factors involved in valuing rare British coins in our view and we are going to explain these so you can find your own preferred way. It's very true to say that an old coin, like any other object, is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.  However that old economics adage doesn't really help anyone in itself, but it does if you use a bit of brain power to apply it to the price information out there already. Best of all, you can get all this information for free.

So, you have some old coins that you are thinking of selling, how do you value them?

Well before you can find a value, you need to make sure you know exactly what you are selling. This means not only understanding what your coin is (i.e. is it a sixpence, a shilling, a groat etc.) but also understanding how to grade it because condition is everything with rare coins (as it is with all collectors items).  Once you are happy that you really do understand what you are selling, and you are aware of any possible rare aspects to your coin (for example, do you have a coin with a rare mint mark, or a rare error?)

So here is our advice on how to value your coins:

1. You need to check the type and condition of your coin. The best way to do this is to refer to a book on rare British coins. You don't necessarily have to buy the book because your local library should be able to find you a copy to look at (it will probably be a reference book that you can't take out, but I doubt if a library will mind you taking your coins IN so you can look them up). However, if you prefer to buy a price guide here is an excellent British Coins Market Values 2017 price guide  (just click to find out more).

2. Check current and recent auction prices for the coin you are trying to value. You can do this by looking at the listings here at Rare British Coins and by searching through completed auctions on Ebay as well. Again, make sure you allow for valuCoin price guide 2017ation adjustments for condition and any special features of the coin. (See our page of rare coin price guides - link on the right of this page)

3. Finally, and this is where we go back a little towards pulling figures out of the air, you need to form an opinion of the value of your coin by looking at the price guide, and the actual previous selling prices of the coin you are trying to value, adjusting for condition. British coin auction prices can be knocked way off target if there are two bidders fighting for the same coin as this can drive the price up abnormally. Equally, an auction is never a perfect way to sell a rare coin because if someone doesn't find the auction in the first place then they will never get to bid! Therefore you need to allow for all of these factors when trying to sell. Another issue that will affect you if you are selling is how badly you need to sell quickly. In other words, coin auction prices do not necessarily become coin values, but they are a guide.

Let's give an example:

1. You have a coin which is in the price guide as being worth £25.
2. You check online and find that two have sold on ebay in similar condition for £17.
3. You would like to sell it quickly so you can spend the money on something else so you decide to offer it for sale on Ebay as a buy it now item for £15. If you were not in a rush to sell, then you might put it on ebay for £20 and drop the price if nobody has shown any interest in it after a few weeks.

Alternatively again, you could auction the coin and start it at £15 because this then means that there is a chance that it will sell for more than £17 but at the very least, you will hope to get £15 for it. We hope that doesn't sound too overly complicated! If you have never sold anything on ebay, it's really easy to do so. Look at any of our rare coin listings pages and click the link at the bottom which invites you to register with ebay. It's completely free to register and there is no obligation to sell anything so if you decide to sell your coins to a coin dealer instead that's fine. There are fees for selling your coins online and these generally work out to be somewhere in the region of 10% of the sale price overall, give or take a little.

It's not an exact science and the best advice we can give you is to do your homework to check out exactly what you are selling, set a price you are comfortable with and if you sell it, forget it and don't have sleepless nights worrying about whether you underpriced it because if you follow our approach, overall you should work out getting just about the right price for your rare old coins.

If you want some help on valuing a coin please post on our Coin collecting valuations forum.

 

 

20 Comments on "What are my old coins worth?"

  1. I have a old uk coin dated 1857 with queen victoria with a pony tail and some other big one pennies I want a valuation or how to get a valuation pls. Thankyou. Tony

  2. I have around 50 peices of old british coins ,, old pennys ,, ranging from 1856 to 1945
    how can i get them valued

  3. i have come a cross a few coins whilst working on my job last week 07-08-2011. a 1933 one penny coin, a 1948 and 1961 two shillins coins, a commemoration coin on queen mary and king george v dated early 1900, a penny farthing 1909, and two solid silver coins one with lady diana spencer and prince charles dated 1981, and another with elizabeth ii on a horse dated 1977, any info on these coins and value would be fantastic thankyou.

  4. i have been through my copper jar and have found 2pence coins dated 1977,1971,1980 and 1981 marked “new pence”. I know there is 2pences dating 1983 with new pence marked on them worth money, i was just wondering if there is any value in the coins i have mentioned.

  5. Chris Bryant | February 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm |

    I have a mint, unused & sealed set of decimal new half penny coins dated 1971. They are in a plastic roll of 50. What are they worth please & where could I sell them.

    Chris

  6. angela rowthorn | May 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm |

    I have got an old three pence peace 1959 can you please tell me if it is worth anything plus an old one shilling 1961 and a sixpence 1953and a half penny1967 thanks angie

  7. GEORGE MARQUES | February 21, 2013 at 11:19 am |

    I FOUND A COIN IN MY GARDEN WHEN I WAS LIVING IN SPAIN. I CANNOT DETERMINE WHETHER THE COIN IS SILVER GOLD OR BRONZE. IT IS DATED 1794 AND HAS WRITINGS GEORGE 1VS WITH THE HEAD OF A FIGURE FACING LEFT ON ONE SIDE AND LOOKS LIKE THE DATE BELOW THE HEAD AT THE BOOTTOM OF THE COIN.ON THE OTHER SIDE THERE APPEARS TO BE THE FIGURE OF A FEMALE IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION WEARIND A FLARED SKIRT THE DATE IS SHOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE COIN AS 1794 AND THE WORD BRITAINA IS PRINTED AROUND THE EDGE OF THE COIN.ANY COMMENTS?

  8. Bryan McCormick | July 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm |

    I have found a coin dated 1889. On one side George is killing the dragon. On the other side is Victoria’s head. Any comments?

  9. mustaque ansari | August 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm |

    Sir i have a coin..in which george 6 has been depicted..i want to auction.this coin is given to my ancestor by british ruler in india

  10. my coins
    one penny Victoria 1900,1901
    georgivs v11 1902,1903,1904,1907
    georgivs v 1912,1914,1915,1917,1918,1919,1920,1921,1930,1932,1935,
    georgivs v1 1944
    Elizabeth 11 1963,1965,1966,1967

    napoleon 111 empereur 1855 DIX CENTIMES and 1856

    napoleon 111 cinq centimes 1864

    republica argintina libertad dos cenouos 1883

    and so many more

  11. I have a set of English and scotish shilling from 1953 to1971 uncirculated how much could they worth.

  12. chrystelle | May 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm |

    can you tell me what I have? It is a silver coin dated1889 with a number 3 on one side and queen Victoria on the other

  13. Can you give me some information on a silver coin dated 1562 the face of coin has writing ANG.FRA.ET.HIB.REGINA.ELIZABETH.DG

  14. HI I have a 1918 three d coin ,is it worth any thing ? many thanks paula

  15. Metodi metodiev | January 5, 2016 at 9:40 pm |

    I have found a coin dated 1848.The first side is Victoria head and other side is three pence. Silver coin.Please some comment about coin.

  16. Hi i have a 1916 farthing but it has a raised dot beside the date and
    i cant find anything on the net can you tell me if it has
    any value thanks

  17. 1825 gold soverign for sale send best rate

  18. i have silver threepenny pieces dated; 1912.1935. 1941
    sixpenny coin 1952.is there any value in these coins?
    1879 half penny

  19. Hi i have a few coins i would like to no the vslue if plesse if possible .
    1st 2009 discovery skull in gibrater.
    2nd teo pound coin dns double helix .
    3rd two pence coin1971.
    4th one penny1913.
    5thnerone 37-68d.c inperatore.
    6th 50p 1994

  20. Daniel Hood | May 2, 2016 at 1:25 pm |

    Hi I have 1-1919 penny —– one 1914 Florence — forty one 1947 shillings — one 1916 shilling — one 1937 shilling — one hundred and fifty eight 1948 shillings — sixty one 1949 shillings — sixteen 1950 shillings — forty four 1951 shillings how much are they worth thank you.

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