Below you'll find a few common questions asked of Rare Coins of New Hampshire.  If you're questions are not answered on this page, please feel free to click the Contact Us tab and fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page and we'll gladly get back to you with the best possible answer.


Spider FAQ
  • Mailing and/or Returning Items
  • 1. How do I mail or return items to Rare Coins of New Hampshire?

    Instructions for Shipping

    Precious Metals & Numismatics Through


    Please follow these instructions when shipping precious metals or numismatics to us:


    1.)  Ship precious metals and numismatics via U.S. Postal Service:

    USPS Insured - for values under $1,000.00.

    USPS Registered - for values $1,000.00 and up to $25,000.


    3.) Be sure to include a packing list with: your name, address, phone number and an itemized list of every item in the box.  Please keep a copy of this list for your own records.  Include values, if known.

    4.)  You can use newspaper, bubblepack, or similar packing materials in the box to protect your items.

    5.)  Registered packages require that all of the seams on the box be covered in brown paper tape.  If mailing in a Priority Flat Rate Box, please DO NOT cover the words “Flat Rate” on the box with brown paper tape.

    6.)  Ship packages to:

    R.C.N.H., Inc.

    P.O. Box 720

    Milford, NH 03055

    7.)  Please call your representative when your package has been shipped.  We in turn will call you when your package has arrived.

    Broken Coin Holder

    This was sent in an envelope and even though this was insured, the Post Office won't cover the damages because it wasn't properly packaged.  This is why items should be sent to RCNH in a box.

     Call us at: 1-800-225-7264

  • Bullion Questions
  • 1. I can't find bullion for sale on your website, how do I order?

    Although Rare Coins of New Hampshire does not maintain in-house inventory of bullion products, we are able to acquire them for our clients as need dictates and at very competitive prices. Due to the volatile nature of these markets, we require good funds on hand in the form of cleared check, certified funds, or via wire transfer before we are able to “lock in” a price for you at any given time. Credit cards are not accepted for bullion transactions. Once we have good funds in our possession we are able to purchase for you at your discretion, not ours.

    We ask a very small service charge over our wholesale cost, usually in the amount of 1% for gold and 2% for silver transactions. The only other fee involved is that of the postage cost involved in sending your package to you and varies depending on the weight and value. This charge ranges from $5-25 for most orders, particularly heavy or valuable deliveries may be more. We ship through the U.S. Postal Service and all packages are discreetly marked for purposes of confidentiality and fully insured for safety.

    If you would like to discuss bullion ownership in more detail or to request information on ordering please call us at 800-225-7264 and speak with one of our numismatists who will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

  • 2. Do you offer bullion services?

    Absolutely! Many of our clients utilize gold and silver bullion as a necessary component to their diversified hard asset portfolio. Whether as a hedge against a soft economy, to profit from underlying moves in the price of the metal itself, or just because the coins are beautiful, the reasons for ownership are many.


    Our core business focuses on numismatic coins, meaning those whose price is determined by their rarity, condition, and collector demand. A 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter, the key date of the series contains approximately seventy five cents worth of silver yet is usually worth anywhere from $1000 to well over $20,000 depending on its condition. A rare date $20 Saint Gaudens contains just under one ounce of gold and can also be worth many thousands of dollars. Changes in precious metal values have a relatively negligible effect of the prices of such items.


    Bullion on the other hand refers to gold, silver and platinum coins or bars whose value is directly tied to the price of the underlying metal they are composed of. If gold fluctuates by $5 on any given day for instance, one ounce gold bullion products will move accordingly. These items are not rare, nor particularly collectable and thus maintain very little premium over their intrinsic value.


    The most commonly traded forms of gold bullion are American Gold Eagles which come in coin form and are available in weights of one, half, quarter and tenth ounce denominations. These are 92% pure or 22 carat gold. Usually the smaller the denomination, the higher the premium and thus the less gold you will be getting for your dollar. Smaller denominations however can come in handy for those who may be in need of small change or even as great gift items.


    The Canadian Mint produces Maple Leaves which come in the same denominations as the Gold Eagles described above with the primary difference being that they are 99.99% or 24 carat pure gold.


    In addition, numerous manufacturers produce gold bullion in bar form, usually in weights of one and ten ounces. It is important to own bars made by widely recognized refiners such as Credit Suisse, Johnson-Matthey or Englehard and that they be a minimum of 99.9% purity.


    All of these items are comparably priced with each other in relation to the price of gold, and recently have been hovering at close to $15 over spot. Neither really has an advantage over the other in terms of investment potential, ownership is really just a matter of preference.


    The most commonly traded form of silver bullion are American Silver Eagles which are about the size of a silver dollar and contain one ounce of 99.9% pure silver. These are very popular as a form of silver ownership and also make great gift items. There are certain refining and manufacturing costs involved in the production of Silver Eagles which is passed along to the end user, usually resulting in their price running about $1.75 over the spot price of silver.


    Various manufacturers also produce silver bullion in bar form, usually in weights of one, ten and one hundred ounces. It is important to own bars made by widely recognized refiners such as Johnson-Matthey or Englehard and that they be a minimum of 99.9% purity. These bars often trade at prices much closer to spot than the Silver Eagles, often just a few cents over as they are treated more as a bulk item and have smaller production costs involved.


    Please note, certain marketers send these items to third party certification services whereupon they are encapsulated in a tamper proof holder and assigned a technical grade. These sellers may then offer them at inflated prices while extolling the virtues of these rarities which are now officially bestowed with super high grade designations such as Mint State or Proof-69. Understand that these are not rare, as a matter of fact the vast majority exist in this approximate condition due to strict production standards. It is our opinion that this is a poor form of bullion ownership and that you will be better served by ignoring these products. Except in very rare cases, certifying bullion does not increase the value and any premium paid at the time of purchase will usually be completely lost when it comes time to sell.


  • 3. Where can I find the most recent spot prices for gold, silver and platinum?


FUN Show 2019 Report

Dave and I flew out to Orlando on Tuesday, January 8th for the sunny climes of Florida.  Although our winter has been mild, 70 degree temperatures are a nice change.  We started out on Tuesday morning looking for show rooms where dealers were offering their wares.  The show didn’t start until 2:00 Wednesday, so it gave me plenty of time to look at dealer stock and check out auction lots for customers.  The pickings were slim for true premium quality coins, but we managed to turn over enough rocks to find a handful of nice pieces.  We have about 60 new purchases for your perusal.  They are typical soup to nuts offers.  The one consistent is that they truly are premium examples for the grade.
We like to offer free services to our customers as a thank you.  So I spent a few hours viewing auction lots and giving my opinion.  Unfortunately, this is the first time that I viewed lots and could not recommend one single piece that I was asked to view for our clients to bid on.  This also included CAC coins!  Don’t get me wrong, this auction had great coins in it and many fetched record prices, however, none of the lots I reviewed were close to being worthy of my stamp of approval.  I always try to employ technical strictness for grade and eye-appeal for any coins I recommend.  I’ve been at this game now for over 40 years, so I’m not about to change. 
The set up for the show was strong and there were many dealers looking for new inventory.  However, the real proof in the pudding is the first day the public can come in, which is Thursday.  I always used the first public day as a bellwether to gauge the market interest.  If people are willing to take a day off and know enough to come to a show early to try and have access to material before it gets picked over, they are truly the most knowledgeable buyers. 
Thursday was fantastic, there was a nice hum throughout the day and people were there to buy!  It was a refreshing scene.  I also noticed that the attitude of many dealers has changed dramatically.  Dealers were spending more time trying to educate kids and their parents.  They were also going the extra mile to be friendly to everyone that came up to tables and were all around inviting to all.  It made me feel good and I would advise anyone that is interested in coins to attend a major show and go onto the bourse floor.  I think you’ll be glad you did.  I had one couple come up to our table that was intimidated by the size of the show and didn’t know what to do.  Our table was the first they stopped at and I eased their fears by appraising their entire collection and gave them not just a value, but an explanation of each item.  I told them to keep the collection because it should appreciate in value.  They were so relieved and happy when they left, that I felt comfortable to tell them to feel free to see other dealers,  they will be helpful and caring.
Many people believe that by bidding in auction, they cut out the middle man, by avoiding a dealer and have a truer sense of value.  This is not true in most instances.  Many collectors have no idea about protective or shill bidding and there is a tendency to get caught up in auction fever.  I will reference to the Gene Gardner sale.  Many items that were purchased by dealers and did not work for regrading were reauctioned in 6 months to a year and brought a fraction of the original purchase price.  Many collectors feel that since there was an under-bidder they are value safe.  This is wrong, there are many tricks and you do not know the objective of an under-bidder.  Are they protecting a coin, running it up out of spite or hoping it may upgrade?  These and other factors can contribute to auction prices not being a safe barometer.  My suggestion is to develop a relationship with a couple of trusted dealers.  They can go a long way to helping you avoid pitfalls and learning how to determine the true value of what you are acquiring.
I had many dealers and collectors asking for my opinion on coins at the show.  Many more than ever before, but one example surprised me.  A dealer came to our table and said that he needed me to look at 2 coins for a customer.  The dealer said the customer would not buy a coin unless I approved it.  The weird part was that I didn’t even know who the customer was!  There were two 1889-CC Morgan Dollars both certified as AU-58 and MS-61 respectively.  I told the dealer to tell the customer that I thought the AU-58 was cleaned and the MS-61 was an AU-58!  If there were any questions, the customer could come to my table.  He never did!
PCGS had an invitational luncheon at the show.  Right now there are questions and uncertainty about the future of PCGS due to the transitions that are taking place.  Greg Rohan spoke about his journey in coins and the new PCGS president told everyone about his trip to California.  There was no question and answer session at all.  There are many registry buyers that have millions of dollars invested in PCGS coins.  At some point, a plan needs to be laid out and questions need to be answered!  The new president made a statement about counterfeiting not really being that much of a problem.  Tell that to the grading service and customers that were fooled by the fake Brasher counterstamped coins recently.
My final take away from FUN was that we could be in for a nice active market this year, if the economy and the world hold together.  Unfortunately, I feel that tough times are destined to manifest themselves.  Diversify into hard assets while you still can.


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