Numismatic Appraisals

Our Past & Current Clients

  • Library & Archives Canada
  • Scotia Private Client Group
  • RBC Estate & Trust Services
  • BMO Harris Private Banking
  • MD Private Trust
  • The National Science and Technology Museum
  • The Ottawa Police Service
  • Official appraiser of two Nobel Prize Medals

Appraisals at Alliance Coin & Banknote

We have 25 years experience in providing numismatic appraisals for Estates, Government, Financial Institutions and the public, and offer expert service at highly-competitive rates. We offer two general types of appraisals to suit your needs:

Estate or "Market" Appraisal

This type of appraisal is usually conducted where an accurate Market value is desired for a collection, in preparation for its potential sale or distribution among family members. We carefully examine all items in question, with primary consideration given to scarcity and state of preservation. Market appraisals are calculated to reflect the value at which our company (or other recognized dealers) would be expected to purchase these items, and we pride ourselves in being both accurate and extremely competitive in our evaluations. Our appraisal fee for these sessions is 100% refundable if the collection is sold to us at the appraised market value within a reasonable time period following the date of appraisal (usually one to two weeks).

Insurance or "Replacement" Appraisal

This type of appraisal is most frequently conducted for either institutions or insurance firms, but also for those wishing to simply ensure they have proper insurance coverage for their personal collections. As with Market appraisals, the key qualities assessed include scarcity and state of preservation. Insurance/Replacement appraisals are calculated to reflect the value at which items could realistically be replaced under normal circumstances, and with a reasonable amount of patience and effort. Don't assume your household policy will cover replacement of your coin collection - investigate before, and not after a loss!

Please feel free to contact Sean Isaacs directly to discuss the purchase or appraisal of your collection. We offer convenient retail hours for walk-in appraisals, and are also pleased to offer house-call appointments in the National Capital Region, with additional availability evenings and on weekends.