In appraising coins or bills, there are several main factors that affect value. These factors are

    • Rarity
    • Demand
    • Condition or grade

Rarity involves the number (or “mintage”) of coins or bills that were originally produced. Rarity also involves the number of those coins or bills that are still around today.

Demand varies according to the popularity and availability of a coin or bill.

Condition or grade involves: From “mint” or “uncirculated”  (no signs of wear) to “poor”. When a bill is in mint condition, it is worth more than the same bill in poor condition. There are specific standards that define what “mint”, “poor”, and other grades mean and those standards will be described in a report from a Southwest Appraisal Specialists appraisal.

Southwest Appraisal Specialists is a group made up of accredited appraisers with a variety of specializations including: antique furniture, books, coins, classic cars, dolls, guns, pocket watches, antique jewelry, contemporary, designer, and art jewelry, Native American jewelry, vintage jewelry, original art, art prints, sculptures, stamps, sterling silver, and writing instruments. Each appraiser has been tested and accredited by the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) or the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), and proven to be qualified to appraise the items listed as their specialty.

If you want an educated, accredited, and experienced appraiser to value your items, please call us at (915) 584-0022 or contact us by email at

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