Selling Your Ancient Coins
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Get the Best Price for Your Ancient Coins!

Almost every collector needs to sell a coin now and then.  Forum buys ancient coins, including entire collections and estates. We also accept coins for sale on consignment. If you are selling common low value coins, we may not be interested but you may be able to sell free on our Members' Auction.


SELLING: Please do not send coins to Forum without prior agreement. Because Forum is a high-volume ancient coin specialist retailer, we can pay full wholesale for your coins. For high value coins we will pay up to 65% of retail, but typically we pay 45 - 50%. Because we can often buy common coins that retail under $100 in large bulk lots, our purchase price for low value coins may be considerably less than 50% of retail. We may ask you to email descriptions and scans or photographs of your coins. If we do, we will estimate the value of the coins from the scan or description. The values we estimate from scans or descriptions are just estimates. We must have the coins in hand to appraise them. Coins should only be sent by insured registered mail. Within ten days of receipt of the coins, we will advise our purchase price. Please include your name on every page of correspondence sent with coins. Please mark each coin envelope or flip with your name or initials. Including old dealer tags, receipts, your purchase records, or other attribution and provenance information with your coins may increase our buy price. If our buy price is accepted we will immediately make payment by direct deposit (to any U.S. bank), check, international bank wire (a $40 wire fee will be deducted from the total), PayPal, or store credit as requested. Please advise the desired payment method with your coin shipment. For direct deposit include a voided check. If our buy price is not accepted, we will immediately return the coins by registered mail at our expense. Please contact us by email or phone prior to sending coins.


CONSIGNMENT: Selling your high value coins on consignment at Forum will bring you the highest possible price. We may also advertise your coins in our other shops and websites, on eBay and on Some coins will sell in hours or days, other coins may take longer. We will allow you to set the price, however, we must agree it is reasonable. Most sellers will start with a high but reasonable price and drop the price if a coin does not sell.

Our standard consignment fee is 20% of the sale price or a minimum of $40, whichever is greater. We may discount our fee to as low as 10% for high-value or desirable coins or collections. If you think your collection is worthy of a discounted rate, please discuss it with us in advance. Other fees may apply, as discussed in the consignment agreement. No consignment fees are charged for coins that do not sell.

Payment for the sale price, less consignment fees, will be made on the last day of the month following the month of sale (if a coin sells in January, payment will be made on the last day of February).  Payment options include direct deposit, check, PayPal or bank wire as requested.  More information is provided in our consignment agreement.

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DO IT YOURSELF SELLING - MEMBERS' FREE AUCTION: The Members' Free Auction is a free self-service auction using a typical internet auction format. Click the link in the header or click here to go to the Member's Auction.  We especially recommend the Members' Auction for sale of your lower value coins.  Forum must approve you as a seller before you can sell on the Members' Auction. Usually, only reputable dealers known to us, our regular customers, our consignors, or active members of our Classical Numismatics Discussion will be approved to sell in the Members' Auction.

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