How do you decide which coins to have graded?
A friendly hello to everyone First time posting and new to coins. I inherited several nice coins that were bought more as an investment than as a collector. I am doing my best to learn & do my DD for them. None have been graded or even put in protective separate sleeves. They have been in family safes Unhandled for 30-40 years. I have now gone through them & catalogued each one using the Coin Snap App. So I have a rudimentary knowledge of value from that. But there is still a large gap of information missing & a great deal of uncertainty in my understanding of it all. I discovered this forum after watching umpteen YouTube videos. I have been very hopeful & eager to post here since. As I haven’t been sure where to go to get some help understanding the coins I have. I had planned to attend a local monthly coin show this last weekend but unfortunately life unforeseeably intervened. & I couldn’t attend. I have read about using caution when selling to coin stores. And most I’ve called are only interested in melt values. But I feel I need to ascertain their possible collector aspects first. Gathering the necessary base of knowledge to do so.. is not an overnight process to say the least! Lol. I couldn’t spot an error .. to save my life, yet. 🥴 I don’t want to later regret a bad decision & sting of knowing if I’d just learned a little more... I would have known better. So that’s why I’m here 😊
Now a little on what I have. Then how best to proceed from there? There is 35lbs of silver quarters 1964-32, 2 stacks of 1oz gold Krugerrands 1979 & a few 78 all mint, Saints & other gold coins, several walking liberties various conditions, lots of silver dollars & 1/2 dollars, Canadian gold maple, Morgans that coinsnap grades Mint but I don’t know where they fall on the spectrum of $47 to $65000, & a stack of Treasury Department mint proof sets still in mailing envelopes. Plus a few other odds & ends like mercury dimes, buffalo’s, Indian head & wheat penny’s.
Is there anywhere I can go to get a fair & accurate evaluation from a collector standpoint for all of this? I have no idea what/ if any should be sent to have graded. That is a process I am still unfamiliar with. I’m sure there is a fee based cost involved. But how much? How long does it take to get back? I have so many newbie questions it’s embarrassing... lol. I will be most humbly grateful. For a suggestion of where/how best to start here? Thank you ☺️