Oakton Coins & Collectibles is one of the highest rated coin shops near Lake Forest.

If you are considering selling your coins, you have come to the right place. Oakton Coins and Collectibles understands that selling a single coin or a whole coin collection can be an extremely daunting task. Whether you are a lifetime coin collector or have recently inherited a coin collection, when it comes time to sell your coins, you have many options. Oakton Coins & Collectibles can simplify the process.

Understanding how to sell coins around Lake Forest.

When it comes to selling coins, you need to take a lot of factors into account. For instance, your coins could simply be worth face value, or they could be worth a significant amount of money. People do not always collect only valuable coins; often, they collect low-value or face-value coins for other reasons. But no matter the size or value of your collection, we are here to help. 

Sometimes people sell their whole collection. Other times, they sell the valuable parts and split up the rest between siblings. Maybe you have a small collection without a lot of monetary value and someone young in your family would appreciate it. 

Often, people bring us their coins carefully arranged by date and decade, usually placed in separate Ziploc bags or paper envelopes/coin tubes. You might be tempted to do this, but it’s not worth the effort.

When we appraise a collection, the first thing we do is separate coins by their composition (e.g. copper, nickel, silver, or gold). If you must organize your collection, put it into these groups:

  • Gold coins 
  • 9o% silver dollars (1878 through 1935) 
  • 9o% silver dimes, quarters, and half dollars (1892 through 1964) 
  • 40% silver JFK half dollars (1965 through 1970) 
  • Lincoln Wheat Cents (1909 through 1958) 
  • Buffalo Nickels (1913 through 1938) 
  • Jefferson Nickels (1938 and later) 
  • All other obsolete U.S. type coins
  • U.S. Mint proof and uncirculated sets 
  • U.S. Mint commemorative sets 
  • Currency and paper money 
  • Foreign coins/tokens

Interesting coins are available for purchase in  every budget range, so ask yourself the following questions to help determine the value of the collection you want to sell:

Can you determine how much money the collector spent or how regularly the owner bought? Can you find any bills of sale, invoices, or canceled checks from dealers or auction firms? Do you have an insurance policy or a will with instructions?

This information may be helpful, but you can’t completely depend on any of it. The value of coins (and collectible paper money), like the value of anything else, is what a willing buyer will pay a willing seller. This amount is never a fixed figure, as the market fluctuates in varying degrees and at unpredictable rates.

Pricing your collection to sell around Lake Forest.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, you will not receive the value listed in any of the pricing guides that you may reference when you sell coins. The guides are just that: a guide to help you establish the price range you can reasonably expect for a coin. Most consumer guides show extremely inflated values.

Some coin selling terms to keep in mind; Clickbait Pricing, Real-World Pricing, Melt Value Pricing, Numismatics Pricing.

Clickbait Pricing: Wikipedia defines “clickbait” as web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy. This pricing relies on sensationalist headlines to attract click-throughs. Click-throughs refer to when the reader clicks a link to go through to the next stage of the bait. Clickbait makers love to post about how common coins could be worth big money, but in reality their claims are almost never valid. 

Real-World Pricing: This refers to actual money changing hands. This pricing reflects amounts that have actually been paid, not just advertised, so it’s true market value. Everything else is just a bunch of words and ideas about the worth. Any coin is only worth what someone will pay for it, and collectors usually focus on rarity and condition to determine monetary value.

Melt Value Pricing: Prior to 1965, the majority of United States coins contained either gold or silver (with a few exceptions). Any selling premium on top of the melt value comes from the Numismatic Value.

Numismatics: Numismatics is the study of coins, paper currency, and metals. Coin rarity and condition drive the prices that collectors will pay. Regardless of the metal composition of the coin, some coins have a very high numismatic value.

Places NOT to sell coins around Lake Forest.

  • Jewelry Stores and Pawn Shops – They usually only understand the precious metal part of the gold/silver coins, and they pay only a small percentage of that price.
  • Ebay – Many coins are sold on EBay every day, But it can be very risky, time consuming, and costly. Click here for more information.

Sell coins near me – sell coins locally – Lake Forest.

Oakton Coins is conveniently located right near 94 West (Kennedy) near downtown Skokie (very close to Chicago), and less than two blocks from the Oakton stop on the Yellow Line CTA (Skokie Swift). It is within minutes of downtown Chicago, Rogers Park, Evanston, Lincolnwood, Niles, Park Ridge, Deerfield, Morton Grove, Des Plaines, Glencoe, Highland Park, Glenview, NorthbrookElk Grove Village, Naperville, Northfield, Northbrook, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Brookfield, Elmhurst, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, La Grange, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Lombard, Oak Brook, Oak Park, Prospect Heights, Wheaton, Wheeling, Winnetka, Portage Park, Forest Glen and Schaumburg.

216 reviews on
Cool Sirens 1000T
Cool Sirens 1000T
September 24, 2023
Awesome Staff! They offer reasonable pricing, and are very kind. Totally recommend visiting if you are a coin collector.
Oulipo LeSceptique
Oulipo LeSceptique
September 22, 2023
Friendly place. Sold a pile of silver coins at a good exchange rate.
Gloria Starke
Gloria Starke
August 31, 2023
I had some old currency that I needed evaluated. Joe was so nice and explaining the currency to me. I really appreciated him and I definitely will go back for any other evaluation’s.
John quik
John quik
August 24, 2023
Staff was nice and took good care of my needs. They went above and beyond to point me in the right direction on other Collectibles. I highly recommend Oakton coins!
A Man has fallen into the river
A Man has fallen into the river
July 19, 2023
Staff were incredibly friendly and offered insight into all items we had. They had fair prices across the board and were willing to negotiate on the sale. If you live within the Chicago area and are in need of selling just about any collectable item, then this is the place for you
Melanie Bujan
Melanie Bujan
July 19, 2023
Visiting Oakton Coins & Collectibles was not only enjoyable but also a history lesson. God bless my dad; he left a collection of old silver dollars and half dollars, etc. I didn’t expect anything to be worth much but the owner (Joses) took his time with my collection. Who knew the coins that had silver in them had different edges?! I sure didn’t. He even had special equipment to test the one diamond I brought and the one old bronze Roman coin too. The day I was there; the owner and his associate were both working. The associate was handling what appeared to be an estate collection. Though I know they have handled some priceless collections at Oakton Coins, and what I brought was minor, I was made to feel welcome. You never know what someone is carrying, after all! I will be bringing in my grandmother’s orthodox cross for an assessment next time.
Vanessa Brehm
Vanessa Brehm
July 14, 2023
They are great to work with.
Mark Carroll
Mark Carroll
June 18, 2023
Nice guys. Happy to go back again and again.

Glossary of numismatic terms, H;

Hair – The area of a coin that displays hair, which can be an important aspect of the grade.

Hairlines – A series of minute lines or scratches, usually visible in the field of a coin, caused by cleaning or polishing. Often, these are not described, but are factored into the grading process. Thus, a Proof-63 coin is one that has hairlines and was cleaned at one time.

Half – A shortened term for half dollar.

Half Cent – Struck from 1793 until 1857, half cents are the lowest-value coin denomination ever issued by the United States, representing one-two hundredth of a dollar.

Half Disme – The original spelling of half dime, with a face value of five cents. The 1792 half disme is widely considered the first United States coinage struck under authority of the Mint Act of April 1792 and was supposedly struck in John Harper’s basement with newly acquired mint presses.

Half Dollar – The denomination with a face value of 50 cents that was first struck in 1794. It is still issued today.

Half Eagle – The first gold coin actually struck for the United States. It had a face value of $5 and was struck from 1795-1929. Half eagle means half the value of an eagle, the name for a gold coin with a face value of $10.

Halogen Light – A powerful light source that enables a viewer to examine coins closely. This type of light reveals even the tiniest imperfections.

Hammer Die – The non-stationary upper die, typically the obverse. However, on certain issues with striking problems, the reverse was used as the upper die.

Hammer Price – The price at which an item is sold at an auction, not including any additional fees.

Hard Times Tokens – Tokens or monetary substitutes, most of which are the size of large copper cents, issued from 1832 to 1844 inclusive, as cataloged by Lyman H. Low, who published Hard Times Tokens in 1899. Strictly speaking the Hard Times era began in 1837 and ended in the spring of 1843, so the numismatic definition is somewhat different. In modern times Russell Rulau has added to the Low number, to the point at which several hundred tokens are now included. This has been a very popular collecting specialty for many years.

Haze – A cloudy film, which may occur naturally or be added, seen on the surface of both Proofs and circulation strike coins.

Heraldic Eagle – An emblem of Liberty that resembles the eagles of heraldry, also called the large eagle.

High End – A coin given a grading number designation, but which an informed observer believes is an exceptional specimen within that grade or may be a candidate for a higher grade.

High Points – Areas of highest relief in a coin design used to help determine the grade of a coin. These are the first small parts to show evidence of wear or abrasion, and also the last areas to strike up fully.

High Relief – A coin on which the design features very deep concave fields. This requires extra pressure to achieve a full strike. Only a few coins were struck in High Relief for the U.S. Mint before their designs were reduced to offer better striking capabilities. An example is the MCMVII (1907) Saint-Gaudens High Relief double eagle.

Hippocampus – Mythical animal displayed on the 1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition $2.50. Usually pictured as having the fore part of a horse and the hind part of a fish, the tail sometimes shown in a curl.

Hoard – A group of coins usually held over a long period of time for either monetary or numismatic reasons.

Hoard Coin – A coin that exists, or existed, in a quantity held by an organization or an individual. An example would be the Randall Hoard of copper cents. A wooden keg filled with as-new copper cents was found under an old railroad platform in Georgia sometime after the Civil War. It contained thousands of coins dated 1816-1820, and accounts for most of the Mint State examples we have today.

Hoarder – An person who gathers and holds onto a large quantity of numismatic items.

Hobo Nickel – An Indian Head (Buffalo) nickel which has been engraved with the portrait of a hobo or other character, often by hoboes themselves. These are popular with certain collectors. Some have features so distinctive that they have been attributed to particular “hoboes.”

Holder Toning – Toning acquired by a coin as a result of being stored in a holder.

Hub – A positive-image punch used to impress a coin’s design into a die for striking coins.