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The Coin Co. Ottawa Knowledge Centre


As the saying goes, knowledge is power. And in this case, it means more money for you too. The Coin Co. Ottawa Knowledge Centre will help get you both.

This logic definitely applies to selling your gold and silver coins. If you take a moment to educate yourself, even a little, you’ll go a long way to ensuring you minimize the risk of being taken advantage of by unethical ‘coin buyers’.

Here are a number of links to websites, videos and articles that we found to be educational, forming the foundation for what we do at The Coin Co. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, it’s a good starting point for building your knowledge and confidence as it relates to the numismatic industry. You will also notice that many of these links refer to U.S. coins, but the same logic can be applied to Canadian and most other currencies.


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The Anatomy of a Coin

Having a basic understanding of a coin’s elements is never a bad thing… and kinda interesting!

An Insider’s Tips for Buying and Selling Coins

Whether you are buying or selling coins, you can increase your advantage when dealing with coin dealers by understanding how things work behind the scenes.

Top Five Things to Know Before You Sell Your Coins

If you’re considering selling all or some of your gold and silver coins, you’ve got to know these five things. It will make you money.

What Determines the Value and Price of coins?

The coin market is intricate and complex and there are many factors that influence coin prices and values. Find out what the major factors are that determine values and prices of coins.

What’s the Difference Between a Coin’s Price and its Value?

There is a big difference between the price of a coin, and the value of a coin. Although you often see these words used interchangeably, it is important that you understand the different concepts represented by each.

How to Hold and Handle Coins Properly 

Here are some tips and things to keep in mind so that when you handle your coins, you do minimal damage to them.

Top Ten Coin Dealer Ethics

This informative column explores ethical issues related to the buying and selling of coins.

Coin Grading Made Simple

For most practical purposes, especially for beginners, this article is going to be concerned with how to tell how much wear the coin has had, and where it fits on the 70-point scale.

7 Ways to Ruin Your Coins

If you care about protecting the investment you’re making in your coin collection, take the time to learn how to properly handle, clean, store, and protect your rare coins.

Protecting Yourself from ‘Graded Coin Value’ Fraud

Buying coins from online auction sites such as ebay can be a good way to find a bargain, but it can also be a good way to get ripped off!

Melting Coins for Profit – Is it Ethical?

Should coin dealers be melting down the very treasures they are charged to protect and conserve for future generations of collectors? Are some coins okay to melt but not others?

Top 10 Most Valuable American Coins Found in Your Pocket

I’ll try to find a Canadian version asap… for now, only the U.S. one is available.

How to Find Rare (Valuable) Coins in Your Change

Follow the steps below carefully the first few times, so you develop coin-checking habits from the very beginning that are proven, productive methods of locating the error coins and die varieties.


The bottom line is… The Coin Co. Ottawa Knowledge Centre is a great starting point. But to get the most money you need to do a little work. Homework, in this case. The more you know the better the outcome. After that, we do everything right in front of you. Nothing is hidden. And if we can’t pay you the most for it, we know someone who will. Our extensive network of reputable, professional businesses can pay top dollar for just about anything, as long as it’s gold or silver!

The Coin Co. Ottawa Gold and Silver Price Guarantee



It’s great to have amazing customer service, but if you don’t have the best price too, people will go somewhere else. Be sure to check out our Best Price Guarantee!

If you have old, unwanted gold and silver coins and want to find out how much they are really worth, contact The Coin Co. today and set up a free in-home or office evaluation. You’ll be glad you did!



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