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VALUATIONS AND APPRAISALS

 

Our world-class team of specialists have over 200 years of numismatic experience between them, and a historic track record of valuing all aspects of numismatic material - from Coins to Banknotes to Military and Commemorative Medals to Tokens to Books.

We can offer completely free advice on the best way to sell your collection or item/s. Our specialists will let you know what they believe is the best course of action to achieve the highest price - be that a direct sale or a consignment to one of our high-profile auctions around the world.

If you are after an easy sale, or quick cash-in-your-pocket, then thats fine too - let us know and our team will advise the best way to achieve this. 

The world of numismatics is an extremely complicated one, and there are many factors that make a coin, medal, token, banknote or book valuable (such as rarity, condition or age). Therefore the most accurate valuations are always made when we are able to see the item/s in person.

Our office and store is located at 399 Strand in the heart of London, just a few minutes walk from Charing Cross Station, and is open for valuations between 9.30am and 4.30pm (GMT) Mon-Fri. Due to high levels of demand, we always recommend booking an appointment beforehand.  

Of course, we appreciate that not everyone can make it to London, and if not you can still get in touch by clicking on the icon above or by emailing us directly on: coins@baldwin.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7930 6879.

If you plan on sending pictures of your coins or item/s, for a more accurate valuation please ensure that you have included the following:

1. High-resolution JPEG images of both sides of the coin or items.

2. A full description of the item/s, including where it was acquired (if known).

3. The type of metal (i.e. silver, copper, etc).

4. The dimensions of the item/s (27mm, 3.4g for example).

The more information we receive about a coin or item, the more accurate we are able to be.

 

Guide to taking photographs

If we feel we can help you, then we will reply to you as soon as possible. However, please be aware that due to the sheer number of requests we receive on a daily basis, it is not always possible to reply in all cases.

Baldwin's can also offer written valuations for probate and insurance purposes upon request, and we also offer house visits when appropriate to pick up items for sale. For more information, please get in touch.

We regret that we are unable to offer valuations on coins or other items submitted through our social media sites (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).

Please note that Baldwin's reserves the right to make a charge to cover the cost of our time in the case that valuations require a large amount of research.

 

Here at Baldwin's we receive hundreds of images of coins every week.

Of course, we are always delighted to receive them - there is nothing we like better than looking at coins (its why we do what we do, after all).

 

If you are looking to send us images of your coins or collections, we have put together a do's and dont's guide below to use as a guide.

Most of the photographs we receive are taken with smartphones - and that is absolutely fine. Smartphones today carry a large pixel rate (the amount of pixels in a photo determines the size of the file - too big and it might not get through your email firewalls), and can produce quality images if done correctly. All of the images below were taken using a Smartphone. There is no need to go out and spend hundreds or thousands on a special camera (unless, of course, you really want to!).

 

Remember: the better the quality of image, the more accurate we are able to be when it comes to valuing your coins for consignment to auction or for private treaty sale.

 

What NOT to do:

 

Busy Background: If there is too much going on behind your coin, it's often difficult to descern the outline. Coins should be placed on a plain sheet of paper or smooth surface.

 

 

 

Too far away! Don't be afraid to get up close and personal with your coins....

 

 

...But not that close! Make sure that the entire coin fits within the frame of the photograph. Images such as these where we cannot see the whole coin are unlikely to get replies (as we automatically think you're trying to hide something!).

 

 

Watch the cropping: once again, we need to see the whole coin in the photo - images such as the one above are impossible to grade.

 

 

Embracing the Dark Side - make sure that the lighting on your coin is correct. You may have to move a bit to make sure that your phone is not casting a shadow on the coin.

 

 

Keep the hands steady - blurred or obscured images are very common, and make it very difficult for us to identify what your coin is worth. 

 

 

Watch those fingers! Whilst there is no doubt that your hands are valuable, our expertise unfortunately does not cover fingers. If you are holding the coin, as in the image above, then you are more likely to obscure some of the item. Place your items on a flat surface rather than holding them.

 

 

Too many! Sending us images of your entire collection makes it very difficult for us to see what's in there! Of course, we are all very proud of our collections and we want to show them off at every opportunity - however, we can't value entire collections from an image. If you have a large collection that you are looking to sell or consign to auction, send us a few images of some of the more choicer or important items and we'll contact you if we think we can help you sell them.

 

What We Require:

 

Place the coin on a plain and uncluttered background. Try not to get too close so that the whole coin sits within the frame of the photograph. Watch the lighting, and keep a steady hand. No fingers, and if you can send both the reverse and the obverse then all the better.

Remember: the better the image, the more accurate we are able to be in our valuations.

 

You can send your images to coins@baldwin.co.uk