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Hallenbeck Coin Gallery pays highly competitive prices for coins, paper money, precious metal bullion and scrap precious metals in jewelry and similar items.  While others make similar claims, compare our buy prices to what they offer, and you'll see why several hundred people choose to sell to us every week.  This page provides more detail about the types of merchandise we do and do not buy.

Do not clean coins or paper money in any way.  Cleaning never increases the value of collectibles.  In fact, because collectors prefer coins and paper money with "original surfaces," cleaning may reduce the value by 50% or more.  Cleaning scrap metals (e.g. sterling silver flatware) does not affect the price you will receive and is therefore unneccessary.

What We Buy

Items We Do Not Buy

Gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion coins, including American Eagles, Canadian Maple Leafs, South African Krugerrands, Chinese Pandas, etc.

Privately minted rounds and bars (also called ingots) made of gold, silver, platinum or palladium.

Scrap precious metals, including

  • Gold, silver and platinum jewelry:  rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, lockets, pins, charms, cufflinks, bezels, etc.
  • Sterling silver flatware, cups, bowls, trays, candlestick bases, salt and pepper shakers, etc. Remove any non-silver weighting from candlestick bases and salt and pepper shakers before bringing to the store.
  • Dental work such as crowns and bridges comprised of a gold alloy.  Please remove any teeth or significant teeth fragments (e.g. with a hammer) as much as possible before bringing to the store.

90% silver U.S. dimes, quarters and half dollars.  With a few exceptions, these coins are all dated 1964 or earlier.

40% silver U.S. half dollars (dated 1965-1970).

Collectable U.S. coins such as silver dollars (dated 1935 and earlier), classic gold coins (dated 1933 and earlier), many 19th to early 20th century coins, proof and mint sets, commemoratives and mint striking errors.

Coins from other countries.  For coins containing gold or silver, we pay at least the market value of the precious metal they contain.  Most foreign coins that do not contain gold or silver have limited value.

Ancient coins - Greek, Roman, etc.

Collectable U.S. paper money, such as silver certificates, gold certificates, legal tender notes, National Bank Notes, all large size currency, high denomination notes ($500, $1000, $5000 and $10000 face value), fractional currency, Confederate paper money, "broken bank" notes, colonial and state issued currency, military payment certificates and printing errors.

Foreign paper money (if still legal tender where issued, contact a bank about exchanging for U.S. currency).

Tokens, medals and other exonumia.

Base metals (copper, zinc, nickel, aluminum, iron, tungsten, etc.) and non-precious metal alloys such as brass, bronze, steel and nickel silver.

Anything that is merely plated with gold or silver, including anything that is marked as plate, GF (gold filled), HGE (heavy gold electroplate), EPNS (electroplated nickel silver) or 1/20.

Any jewelry or other scrap metal items that are attracted to a magnet (gold, silver and platinum are not magnetic).

Turquoise, jade, diamonds and other gemstones.  Remove any valuable stones before bringing jewelry items to the store.  Visit a jeweler if you need assistance removing stones.

Watches, other than any precious metal content.


Sports cards.

Rocks and minerals.

Antiques, other than collectable coins and paper money.

U.S. coins that are not worth more than face value, such as most state, territorial and parks quarters, Eisenhower dollars, Sacagawea dollars and Presidential dollars. However, if part of a larger collection, we may at our discretion offer to pay face value for such coins.

Anything which, in our sole discretion, is deemed to be something we cannot use.

How to Sell


We only purchase merchandise from sellers age 21 or older who have a valid, non-expired photo id issued by a governmental entity within the United States, i.e. a driver's license, military id, passport or state-issued identification card.

Bring the merchandise to the store during normal business hours (it's greatly appreciated if you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled closing time):

Mon-Fri: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You do not need an appointment for small coin collection. If you have a large collection please call to discuss whether or not you need an appointment.

To better serve you and minimize wait times, please untangle, pre-screen and prepare scrap metal items as noted above.  If you're unsure whether or not an item is made of a precious metal, bring it to the store where we'll be happy to examine it.


How Will I Be Paid?


For smaller amounts, you will be paid on the spot by cash, check or store merchandise, as you prefer.  For larger purchases, we cannot pay the full amount by cash.


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