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Are you an investor searching for intrinsic value in silver and gold metals? Maybe a “change hound” looking for an elusive Wheat Penny? Or possibly something in between, like a Commemorative Half Dollar collector hunting for George Washington Carver?

we sell coins and currency collectibles

Best Place to Buy Collectible Coins

Whatever your interest, Back to the Past Collectibles is happy to bring you choice coin collections for your perusal. We are always in search of quality consignors and coin deals to bring to our marketplace, and with metal values skyrocketing, the time has never been better for coins!

Types of Coins and Currency Collectibles We Sell

Here’s a sampling of just a few of the types of coins and currency we handle:

  • Graded and slabbed coins
  • Morgan silver dollars
  • Mercury dimes
  • Proof sets
  • Mint sets
  • Type coin sets
  • Tokens, Rounds, and Ingots
  • Gold pieces
  • Carson City (CC) mintings
  • Double strikes and error coins
  • Bank notes
  • Peace silver dollars
  • Liberty coins
  • Enameled and painted commemoratives
  • And many more…

Our Back to the Past Collectibles HQ is in Wixom, Michigan, in the Metro-Detroit area.

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Frequently asked questions about buying collectible coins.

Why are some gold coins worth more?

There is always a standard melt value for gold coins, based on the market rate for an ounce of gold. So gold coins are always, at worst, worth the melt value. However, there are collectability values to coins including rare dates, rare minting, and other variables. These coins will always sell for a premium over the spot price, especially if they are in high grade.

Can a gold coin be traced?

There are no serial numbers to trace coins, however, every coin has personality markers. These include the way they show wear, scratches, or minting imperfections. Therefore, in a very basic way, specific coins can be traced by these physical traits.

Which gold coin is best 22K or 24K (Karat)?

It depends on what you are looking for. 24K is 99.9% pure gold, whereas 22K is about 91%. So, if purity of gold is the concern, then 24k is better. For jewelry, however, durability is a major consideration so 22K is a better choice and will wear better over time due to the composite of other metals.

Are silver coins good to collect? Are silver coins worth buying?

In terms of value, silver is always in demand. Beyond simple metal spot value however, they do have traits collectability, which makes them interesting as historical artifacts.

Is it better to buy silver coins, or silver rounds?

If the point of you purchase is strictly the value of the metal, then silver rounds suffice for that purpose, and are often sold closer to spot price. But, if what you are interested in is the collectability of specific dates or minting, then silver coins are more interesting. Not to mention, if you are ever in a situation where you must rely on the face value of the coin, silver coins will spend just fine.

Is it smart to buy gold coins?

Yes, absolutely! With the understanding that gold is one of the most expensive metals that you can purchase, coming with it a high price tag. So, with your average dollar, you are not able to purchase as much at a time.

What are the most expensive precious metals in the world?

Some of the most expensive precious metals in the world include silver, gold, palladium, ruthenium, iridium, and at the time of this writing, the most expensive precious metal in the world is rhodium, which is a member of the platinum group.

What is the best 1 oz gold coin to buy?

If you are strictly looking for the melt value of 1 oz of gold, a great place to start is an American Gold Eagle, which was first issued in 1986. This is a very popular coin with investors, because of the high purity of the gold content, and that there is not a high value on collectability over the spot value.

Does it matter which silver or gold coin I buy?

Assuming a high-grade metal composition, any given silver or gold coin is going to be worth its weight in melt value. But if you are searching for a higher price based on collectability, you should do further research in that regard. Certain rare coins can be worth multiple times better than the spot metal value.

Is buying gold and silver coins a good investment?

Yes. Investing in precious metals like gold and silver is a great investment, and a hedge against economic volatility. These types of metals tend to hold their value over time, and in general will appreciate in value.

Is it better to buy silver bullion, or coins?

If the point of your purchase is strictly the value of the metal, then silver bullion will suffice for that purpose. But, if what you are interested in is the collectability of specific dates or mintings, then silver coins are more interesting. Not to mention, if you are ever in a situation where you must rely on the face value of the coin, silver coins will spend just fine.

Do I get a certificate when I buy silver?

In certain cases, depending on the type of purchase you may receive a certificate, but for the most part you do not. Vintage silver certificates are actually very collectible nowadays!

Do I pay taxes when buying coins?

Note, that we are not tax advisors. However, to the best of our understanding, there are no taxes for purchasing coins.

What year coins are worth keeping?

In U.S. coins, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollars pre 1964 all have silver content, and are worth keeping. And any U.S. gold coins are great for keeping for investment.

How do I buy collectible coins?

Collectible coins are available through many sources, including ebay, and other reputable sources. But you can always trust Back to the Past Collectibles for quality coin consignments.

What is the cheapest way to buy gold?

Bullion generally has the lowest premiums over spot price.

How much gold or silver can I legally own?

There are no restrictions on how much physical gold and silver you can own. However, you should consult with a tax advisor to make sure you are handling the assets properly.

How do I find a reputable coin dealer?

When looking to deal with someone on coins, it is good practice to assess their reputation, looking at reviews of their work, in order to prove out their ethical behavior. In this regard, you will find that you can always trust Back to the Past Collectibles.

Is it safe to buy coins online?

In general, buying coins online is something that is safe and easy, but make sure you know who you are dealing with. Do they provide a guarantee for the quality of what is purchased? Do they have recourse in the event you are not satisfied? Can you check out reviews of their service? If you are satisfied with these questions, then yes, it is safe to buy coins online.


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Back to the Past Collectibles is the premier auction house for vintage collectibles and memorabilia of all kinds!

We offer treasures from both our own warehouse and other consignors from across the country.

Main event auctions are held in our physical showroom (COVID-safety permitting) and are broadcast online via, so you can attend whether or not you’re from our local neighborhood. Most auction events have a 1-hour inspection and registration window, so you can take your time looking over the lots.

The buzz you’ve heard is real. It’s a lot of fun to attend our onsite live events, so we invite you to come and check it out!

If you’re unable to join us in person on auction day, we highly recommend using Proxibid to place absentee bids and attend online.


Cool People With Cool Stuff!

Purveyors of the Best in Vintage Collectibles Since 1990

When you step into our Wixom headquarters it’s obvious that we possess a relentless passion for vintage treasures. You’ll always find something new in our weekly auctions, and on our eBay store with new inventory listed every week!

If you’re looking to make some cash or do some trading with your comic books, figurines, vinyl, magazines or just about any vintage collectibles or memorabilia, we’d love to meet you.

Come and visit! You’ll feel right at home.