We Buy and Sell Gold, Silver, and Jewelry.

Promises of “cash for gold, silver, jewelry, and precious gems” are everywhere, but when it’s time to sell your items, it pays to be careful, well informed, and not too greedy.  Sure, you want a lot of money when selling your gold and silver coins and jewelry and other collectibles or rarities, but you have to be realistic.  Finding someone to buy your items won’t be hard, but getting good prices takes time and planning.  When you want to sell your commodities, know what you have, know what it’s worth, and know what to expect.  Birmingham Coin and Jewelry has honestly and proudly served as the top coin dealer in the Birmingham – Bloomfield, Troy, Rochester, and Shelby Twp. area for over 30 years.

Birmingham Coin & Jewelry has recently become members and affiliated with:

Professional Coin Grading Service

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

International Watch and Jewelry Guild

Our goal is to adhere to the highest standards in our industry.  By following these standards we can appraise, purchase, and sell with confidence.  This makes for a win-win in all scenarios.  Ultimately better customer service and educated experience for you.



Gold Coins

Gold Bars

Gold Bullion

Gold Jewelry

Gold Scrap

Gold Casting Grain

Buying gold bars and coins as investments

As investment vehicles, gold bars are gaining in popularity primarily because gold bars carry much lower premiums than gold bullion coins carry. For example, premiums on kilo gold bars can be as much as $50 per ounce lower than the premium on American Gold Eagles.

Truly, gold bars are an exciting way to invest in gold. Hefting large gold bars almost causes an adrenalin rush. Invariably, people holding large gold bars for the first time ask, “How can something so small be so heavy?” A huge amount of wealth can be stored and concealed in gold bars.

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Silver Coins

Silver Bullion

Silver Bars

Silver Rounds

Silver Candelabras & Flatware

Silver Jewelry


Silver has always produced a greater percentage increase during precious metals bull markets. In some precious metals bull markets, silver has tripled in price while gold has doubled. In some moves, silver rose four times while gold doubled in price. Additionally, silver has more industrial applications than gold does, with more uses being developed.

Industrial uses provide an underpinning to the price of silver. So great is the industrial demand for silver that mine production and secondary recovery have fallen short of industrial demand since 1990.  Some analysts say that supply will fall far short of meeting demand over the next decade, and that much higher silver prices will be the result.



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Do you have jewelry or watches to sell?

We buy vintage and modern jewelry and watches especially chronographs, moonphase watches, minute repeaters, and old pocket watches.

We also buy broken jewelry and watches.

Bring your jewelry and watches to us and ensure you receive the maximum price.



Coin Dates Worth Money

Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters, Dimes 1964 and Older (Kennedy Half’s 1965-1970)

National Currencies, Gold Notes, Large Denominations ($500.00 and $1000.00 dollar notes

Unique and Interesting Currencies

Pre 1800 Foreign Coins

Civil War Tokens or Advertising Tokens

All U.S Gold Coins

All U.S Coins Pre 1800 or Early 1800s

Flying Eagle Cent 1856

Indian Head Cent 1877, 1872, 1908-S, 1909-S

Lincoln Cent 1909-SVDB, 1911-D, 1912-D, 1913-D, 1913-S, 1926-S, 1914-D, 1914-S, 1922, 1931-S, 1910-S, 1911-S, 1912-S, 1915-S, 1924-D

Liberty Head Nickel 1885, 1886, 1912-S,

Indian Head (Buffalo) Nickel 1913-D, 1913-S, 1926-S, 1931-S, 1916 Doubled Die Obverse, 1918/7-D, 1926-S, 1937-D 3 Legs

Barber Dime 1894-S, 1895-O

Winged Liberty (Mercury) Dime 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D

Seated Liberty Twenty Cents (Any)

Seated Liberty Quarter, Dime, Half Dollars

Barber Quarter Dollar 1896-S, 1901-S, 1913-S

Standing Liberty Quarter 1916

Washington Quarter Dollar
 1932-D, 1932-S

Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1921-D, 1921-S

Morgan Dollar 1879-CC, 1888-S, 1889-CC, 1892-S, 1893-S, 1895-O

Peace Dollar 1921, 1928,

Early Commemoratives 1900 Lafayette Dollar, 1904 Lewis & Clark Dollar, 1905 Lewis & Clark Dollar, 1915-S Panama-Pacific Quarter Eagle, 1915-S Panama-Pacific Fifty Dollars Round, 1915-S Panama-Pacific Fifty Dollars Octagonal, 1922 Grant Half Dollar Star, 1928 Hawaii Half Dollar.

Top Gold Coin Dealer in the Birmingham – Bloomfield also buying the following items:

  • Rare & Imported Jewelry
  • Diamond Bar Pins
  • Antique Bracelets
  • Diamond Bow Pins
  • Pocket Watches
  • Sapphire & Diamond Jewelry
  • Patek Phillipe Watches
  • Ruby & Diamond Jewelry
  • Emerald & Diamond Jewelry
  • Vacheron & Constantin Watches
  • Jewelry from the 20’s, 30’s, & 40’s
  • Silver & Gold Boxes
  • Nicely Carved Old Cameos
  • R. Chaarus Statues
  • Diamond Earrings
  • Hamilton Watches
  • R. Lalique Glass
  • Rolex Watches
  • Diamonds from 1-20 cts.
  • Antique Lockets
  • Lladro
  • Victorian Jewelry
  • Cartier & Tiffany Items
  • Gold or Silver Mesh Purses
  • Art Deco Jewelry
  • Railroad Watches

Watch our Online Auction, items change daily.


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Coins of Better Values

Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters, Dimes 1964 and Older (Kennedy Half’s 1965-1970)
National Currencies, Gold Notes, Large Denominations ($500.00 and $1000.00 dollar notes
Unique and Interesting Currencies
Pre 1800 Foreign Coins
Civil War Tokens or Advertising Tokens
All U.S Gold Coins
All U.S Coins Pre 1800 or Early 1800s
Flying Eagle Cent 1856
Indian Head Cent 1877, 1872, 1908-S, 1909-S
Lincoln Cent 1909-SVDB,1911-D,1912-D,1913-D,1913-S,1926-S,1914-D,1914-S,1922,1931-S,1910-S,1911-S,1912-S,1915-S,1924-D,
Liberty Head Nickel 1885, 1886, 1912-S,
Indian Head (Buffalo) Nickel 1913-D,1913-S,1926-S,1931-S,1916 Doubled Die Obverse, 1918/7-D, 1926-S, , 1937-D 3 Legs
Barber Dime 1894-S, 1895-O
Winged Liberty (Mercury) Dime 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D
Seated Liberty Twenty Cents (Any)
Seated Liberty Quarter, Dime, Half Dollars

Barber Quarter Dollar 1896-S,1901-S,1913-S

Standing Liberty Quarter 1916

Washington Quarter Dollar 1932-D,1932-S

Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1921-D,1921-S

Morgan Dollar 1879-CC,1888-S,1889-CC,1892-S,1893-S,1895-O

Peace Dollar 1921,1928,

Early Commemoratives 1900 Lafayette Dollar, 1904 Lewis & Clark Dollar, 1905 Lewis & Clark Dollar, 1915-S Panama-Pacific Quarter Eagle, 1915-S Panama-Pacific Fifty Dollars Round, 1915-S Panama-Pacific Fifty Dollars Octagonal, 1922 Grant Half Dollar Star, 1928 Hawaii Half Dollar.
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Here at Birmingham Coin and Jewelry we are proud to announce we are going to help sponsor the Eisenhower Varsity dance teams banquet gifts. As a Eisenhower alumni class of 77 I am happy to help out Rachelle Kiehle and her wonderful team on such a great season and winning the National Championship at Disney in Florida. Congratulations on such a great season!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Charley Marsack has made the decision to retire from the stamp business. We have had a wonderful 10 year relationship with Charley. We wish Charley all the best as he will be sadly missed in our Birmingham Coin & Jewelry store.

We are pleased to announce that Glenn McDonald will follow in Charley's footsteps and manage the Stamp Department. Glenn will be a great asset for all your philatelic needs.
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Heirlooms with Potential Value

Every week, customers bring old letters with stamped envelopes, foreign “coins” and other unusual items to our store for appraisal and possible sale.

When younger folks bring such items, they are usually a gift from a grandmother or uncle who wants to get rid of clutter. The gifts may have been saved as souvenirs by parents who traveled, or from a relative who served in the military.

A real “coin” is issued by a government, has a date, and also a stated value, like “TEN CENTS”. The U.S. has been minting gold, silver and copper coins in the 1790s.

For economic and political reasons, no spendable gold coin has been minted for circulation since 1932. Silver disappeared from U.S. dimes, quarters, half-dollars and “silver dollars” by 1971.

Other countries continued minting gold and silver coins for circulation even after the U.S. stopped using gold and silver in our coinage.

When folks bring their coins to our store for evaluation and possible sale, we first look to see if any of the coins are gold or silver.

About thirty-five years ago, an elderly lady brought in a coffee-can with more than a hundred “Indian-head cents” that were last minted in 1909. All the coins were very circulated, just like any wheat-back “pennies” that might be in your pocket or purse today.

We ran the coins through our high-speed counter, and one looked a little suspicious. It turned out to be a rather dirty $2.50 gold piece.

Finally the clerk said to the lady “Your pennies are worth $49.00.” When she beamed, he added “And your $2.50 gold coin is worth another $50.00. So we will call the total $100.00. Would you prefer cash or check?”

Some of your foreign coins may still be used as money. Euros, Swiss Francs, British Pounds and Japanese Yen are frequently needed for travel. We will offer to buy any “foreign” coins or paper money that can be resold to brokers or customers.

Then there are the many thousands of foreign coins with no current spending value. We purchase such obsolete coins and currency for our collector market. Some coins may have holes. People used old shoe laces to better keep track of them.

Many round pieces are, in fact, not coins, but rather tokens or medals. Some of these may be desirable to collectors. The token may no longer be good for a subway ride of a milkshake, but collectors need them.

Medals have been issued as awards and because of historical events. Values may depend on the reason why it was issued, or the name of the person engraved on it.

Your hoard might also include old envelopes, letters and other documents. The value on these may be in the contents of the letter, the signature, the type of envelope, the stamp or even the cancellations.

On a coin, the value may be related to the quantity minted, the date, the mint mark (like “CC” for Carson City), and the overall condition.

There may also be some older paper currency in your hoard, perhaps printed by countries or banks that no longer exist. The general rule is: everything has value to the collector who wants it.

One hundred years ago, all of the U.S. bills were larger in size than the currency we use today. The larger size bills were often called “horse blankets”, and almost always have a collector-value in addition to the face-value, even in circulated condition.

Smaller size bills were printed with amounts under one dollar. These notes are called “fractional currency” and can be valuable, especially when uncirculated.

Almost all of the bills we see today have green seals and serial numbers. If you have a bill with a red, brown, gold, blue or yellow seal, there can be worth much more than their face value.

As a word of caution, NEVER try to clean a coin and NEVER erase a blemish on anything printed, such as paper currency or any document. Usually this greatly reduces any value that the item may have.

You may be surprised to know that the tarnish found on silverware, called “toning” on coins, can add much value to any silver coin.

As a general rule, don’t throw-away anything that is old, or made of a precious metal, until someone with experience gives you an idea of its value. A good example is dental gold. Always remember: “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure”.
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The Value of Money

The average person here might say that a definition of “money” could be “U.S. coins and paper currency that can be exchanged for items of value”.

Earlier, shells and cigarettes were used as money. Two thousand years ago, a Roman soldier was paid in salt---SAL in Latin, but only if he was “worth his salt”. Today we have the word “SALary”.

Most of us think of money as limited to coins and paper currency issued by a government. That, of course, excludes any “money” used in a board game such as Monopoly, as well as most foreign currency.

When the average person thinks of “coins,” they are thin and round objects ready to spend. Many foreign coins, even today, have holes, deliberately made during the minting process. Others are square or oblong. Sometimes it is difficult to identify the country that produced such odd coins.

Some new coins are made of multiple, or exotic, metals to discourage counterfeiters.

Medals and tokens, often thin and round, are sometimes confused with coins. Any real coin will always have a date, a denomination (such as 25 cents or “quarter”), and be issued by a government.

The first batch of the U.S. nickels of 1883 had the Roman numeral “V” on their reverse, to indicate “five”. Some crooks gold plated these “racketeer nickels,” and passed them off as $5.00 gold pieces.

Often an old coin may be ugly with wear, and even have dirt or corrosion. NEVER clean any coin. That would destroy most of its value.

Most U.S. coins today are minted in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point New York. These usually have small letters called “mint marks,” like “P”, “D”, “S”, and “W”, or Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point, New York.

During the 1800s and early 1900s, smaller quantities of our nation’s coins were also minted in Dahlonega, Georgia; Carson City, Nevada; Charlotte, North Carolina; and New Orleans, Louisiana. The mint marks on these coins are “D”, “CC”, “C” and “O”.

The majority of our billions of coins have no mint mark. This means that it was minted in Philadelphia.

During 1942, ’43, ’44 and ‘45, silver was used instead of nickel in our five cent coins. This happened because there was a shortage of nickel needed for the war effort.

These “silver (war time) nickels,” now are worth about fifty cents for their silver, and can be identified by a large P, D, or S mint marks found over the Monticello-building dome on the reverse side.

Another surprise is that our nation’s five cent coins were called “half disme” and were made of silver. Later the spelling was changed to “half dime”.

The condition of any coin is usually much more important that the metal, year or mint mark. Coins can be “graded” to indicate their “wear,” if any. Those that have no wear are called “mint state” ---the same state as when they left the mint. Coins with even the slightest wear are described as “circulated”.

Some U.S. coins have little difference in value between grades. For other coins a superb mint-state coin can be worth a hundred or a thousand times more than a heavily circulated specimen.

The paper money we use has changed little during the last eighty-five years. Before 1928, all of our bills were considerably larger than those we now use. For those who remember them, they were about the size of “IBM” cards.

Now, our bills are printed by order of the Federal Reserve. During the nineteenth century, states allowed banks to print their own bills. When such banks “went broke,” the currency became worthless. Now, such bills, called “broken bank notes, are sought-after collector items.

People expect their new coins and bills to have no flaws. Because of the many billions of coins and bills made, there are occasional errors.

Examples are coins made of the wrong metal, or with double designs. At few times, the government mistakenly released “double-denomination” notes, such as a bill with $5.00 on the back and $10.00 on the front. Since the back of a bill is printed first, this bill would be considered a $5.00 note, but could be worth “thousands”.

Mistakes in serial numbers are the most common errors. The greater the error, and the fewer that exist, the higher the value will be.

“Foreign” bills and coins typically have little value, unless made of a “precious metal” such as gold, silver or platinum. The age or beauty of a bill or coin has nothing to do with its value.

As a general rule, when you find coins and currency, you should visit an experienced dealer to find out the values. Such dealers have catalogs that indicate types and values, and a buy-offer can usually be determined in a minute or two. For some coins, the dealer may need a few days of research to determine a value, especially for foreign and ancient coins.
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Today's research suggests that the average cost of both the brides and grooms wedding bands is between $1500.00 and $2500.00. What you actually choose to spend on your bands is entirely up to you,but considering the fact that you will both wear them for the rest of your lives together,its worth making an investment. The average wedding cake costs $540.00 and the average spent on flowers is $1988.00 neither which last longer than the wedding day itself. Your rings, on the other hand,will last of lifetime. ... See MoreSee Less

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Outlook on Gold 2013 and beyond
The diversity and fluctuation of analyst predictions with regard to the gold price in 2013 and the following years mirrors the uncertainties in the global markets.

An interesting fact about gold is that it often performs well in scenarios of deflation (for instance driven by global debt reductions) but also in scenarios with higher than usual inflation rates (which could potentially occur as public debt level increases further).

Gold therefore tends to perform positively in times of economic uncertainties as well as in acute crises. Unfortunately, the global financial problems are not yet sorted out. Some credible commentators expect several more years of uncertainty and painful deleveraging, which could end only when we are approaching the next decade.

Thus, in the foreseeable future a moderate allocation to gold will remain the imperative for many investors and could result in a positive trend of the gold price 2013 and beyond. Portfolio diversification, i.e. the allocation of funds to different asset classes and investments, should remain an imperative for safety-orientated investors over the coming years.
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