How are coins valued
What is the online coin catalog?
Those interested can find out more about coins in the online coin catalog. Information on the description and evaluation of coins is provided, if available. The information comes from collectors who made this information available for the coin catalog.
How are the coins arranged?
The coins in the catalog are assigned to categories. The categories form a directed graph to show dependencies. This means that a category can have sub-categories and a sub-category can be of one or more main categories. A category can be of different types. For example there are countries, rulers or collection complexes. Sometimes a period can also be determined which is assigned to a category. The reign of a ruler can be mentioned here as an example. The sorting of the sub-categories in a category now results from the assigned period and the alphabetical order.
A coin is a member of one or more categories. The order within a category is defined by the owner of the entry and is not subject to any formal criteria.
Is the catalog complete?
The catalog is not complete. The catalog will get more and more content over time. It will probably never be complete, as new coins are constantly being added and their values are constantly changing.
Why are the years of certain coins or complete types of coins missing?
This is because the catalog is not yet complete. Help us out.
How are the prices in the catalog created?
In the online coin catalog, a distinction is made between market prices (green numbers / lines) and catalog prices (red numbers / lines). Catalog prices come from coin catalogs and market prices result from actual transactions / sales.
The currently saved market prices mainly come from past auctions (including hammer fees and shipping costs). The prices are corrected according to the currency exchange rates and material prices. If there are several prices for a coin, a coin detail and a grade, the average is calculated.
The market prices are shown from the buyer's point of view. Buyers always pay more money than the seller ultimately receives (due to auction fees, shipping costs, VAT, ...). Therefore, if a seller wants to know the expected price, he subtracts the ancillary costs to be incurred for his sales channel and for his shipping from the market price.
How do the price forecasts work?
Every coin has a value regardless of its actual collector's value, which results from its function as a means of payment. This can be the nominal value or the material value. If a coin has been devalued, it still has at least material value. If a coin is still marketable and was made from a very low-quality material, the face value will usually be higher. The higher of the two values is named in the online coin catalog with the term base value. The base value is the lowest value that a coin has to be assessed by the collector. A collector surcharge, which results from supply and demand, is added to this base value. The collector surcharge is basically a positive number and is often dependent on conservation. The base value and the collector surcharge then result in the value of the coin.
What is the value of my coin?
To determine its value, you need knowledge of the coin type, the coin details (year, mint, ...) and the condition. Once you have gathered this information, please look for your coin in the catalog. Please use the search form. Here you can, for example, enter parts of the imprinted font and get matching hits. In the coin view, look for the year of your coin in the Details section. If your year is not displayed, nobody has entered it yet. If the year is listed, click on the red arrow on the right to get a detailed view of the year. If data is available, the material price, the catalog price, the market price and the nominal value per maintenance level can be read off here.
What are the levels of conservation?
Conservation is crucial for assessing the value of a coin. A distinction is made between the following levels of preservation in Coin Catalog Online:
In which literature can I find more information about coins?
In Germany, the leading manufacturer of collector's literature is the Battenberg-Gietl-Verlag (www.battenberg-gietl.de). For example, the publisher regularly issues magazines such as the Münzenrevue, in which the current coins of Germany / Austria and Switzerland as well as euro coins are rated. These magazines are available in the larger newsagents and are well suited for the novice or non-collector (e.g. for assessing heritage). For the advanced collector, the Battenberg-Gietl-Verlag offers various catalogs with a comprehensive character as well as catalogs on special fields. Examples are:
Why are there so few catalog prices available?
Catalog prices are protected by copyright and may not be published without the permission of the publisher / author.
Why does the market value very often deviate significantly from the catalog value?
Catalog values are often based on the selling prices of the coin trade. A dealer usually sells his goods at 70% -80% and buys the goods from private individuals at 40% of the catalog value. If the customer is allowed to determine the price, as is customary at auctions, then 50% -60% of the catalog value is often achieved.
How often is the catalog updated?
When new data is available it is stored in a database. Once a week, on Sunday evenings, a new coin catalog is generated from the database. At the same time, all market prices are updated according to the current development of material prices and exchange rates.
How can I contribute information?
The catalog is constantly being expanded. Information, especially if it is in the public domain, is very welcome.
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