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Answers To Your Questions about Precious Metals and Rare Coins

Hello – my name is Richard Schwary and I would like to welcome you to one of the great places on the net to find honest answers about buying, selling, trading or just understanding more about the precious metals business and rare coins.

Ask an Expert is written to help you figure out the sometimes confusing world of physical metals and certified rare coins. Richard-with-titleIt can be a valuable tool – providing answers to questions like: “What is my stuff worth?” or “What should I pay for this coin?” or “Which is best – a gold bar or gold bullion coin?” or “I purchased gold and silver long ago and wonder what they are worth today”. 

This blog is also handy if you are looking for industry terminology: What is a matte proof, or high relief? Are mint marks important and where are they located? Is my coin rare or common? What’s the difference between tokens and coins, questions about relative rarity, paper money or grading definitions.

Ask an Expert will also offer an opinion on most anything related to rare coins or precious metals. Explain the important differences between certification services and throw in a few auction tips guaranteed to save you money. And the price of admission is free. Any of your most important questions can be sent to me at Ask an Expert and you will receive a confidential reply within one business day.

There is no obligation, just learning – so ask away – you would be surprised at how many people already use this service. I am a 30 year member of The Professional Numismatists Guild (#365), which was founded in 1955 and is dedicated to knowledge, integrity and responsibility in the rare coin business.

Let me hear from you on any matter large or small. At the bottom of this page I have included a number of short articles you might find helpful. Thanks for reading – your interest in rare coins and precious metals is greatly appreciated. You might also find my daily Gold Newsletter worth a peek – it provides an insider’s view of the precious metals industry – without the usual nonsense.

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