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Frequent Questions

What do you buy?
JEWELRY (Any condition)
Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium

Loose, Mounted, Certified and Non-Certified

STERLING SILVER (Any condition)
Flatware and Hollowware:
Forks, Spoons, Knives, Serving Pieces, Tea Sets, Trays, Candelabras, Candle Sticks, Goblets, etc.

Gold and Silver Coins and Bullion
90% Silver Coins: Dollars (1935 and before), Dimes, Quarters and Halves (1964 and before)
40% Silver Halves: 1965-1969
35% Silver Wartime Nickels (1942-1945)
Platinum and Palladium Coins and Bullion
U.S. Type Coins
Mint and Proof Sets
Old World + Foreign
Paper Currency
What are the best coins to own?
We suggest you collect what you like! There are many different methods of collecting and none are wrong! Treasure Hunt buys and sells numismatic coins, rarer coins, as well as gold, silver, and platinum coins. Stop in and let us help you find the next piece for your collection.
How much is my coin worth?
The value of a coin is determined by two primary factors: 1) Numismatic value (value based on rarity, demand and preservation), and 2) Bullion value. While many of the coins people come across may not by very scarce, there are older designs and silver coins to be found, plus the rarer ones can certainly turn heads. Treasure Hunt is an excellent source of information on coin values.
How can I sell my coins?
It’s easy! Simply bring them in to one of our 10 locations for an evaluation. No appointment necessary.
How can I tell if my items are a precious metal?
On gold pieces, look for karat markings. Any one of these typically indicates that your jewelry is gold:
For 10 karat you will see: 10k, 10kt, or 417
For 14 karat you will see: 14k, 14kt, or 585
For 18 karat you will see: 18k, 18kt, or 750
For Platinum you will see: 950PT, Platinum, 950PT or 10%IR
For Silver you will see: STERLING, 925, or SILVER Keep in mind, these are general descriptors. If your items are not marked, that does not necessarily mean they are not of a precious metal content. You can always stop in to any Treasure Hunt location to have your items tested and evaluated!
What if I'm not sure that my jewelry is real?
Stop in to one of our 10, convenient locations and let one of our friendly staff members evaluate your item(s). We are always happy to help. No appointment necessary.
Do you report this transaction to the IRS?
Treasure Hunt does not report our transactions to the IRS; it is your responsibility to report the information to any appropriate organizations.
Can I make money collecting coins?
Yes! You generally have to hold the coins for a number of years. You will also have to sell them into a good market. Collectors usually deal in coins for years; it can become a true love. Benjamin Franklin, a coin collector, supposedly said, “you take care of the collection, and the investment will take care of itself”. You should bear in mind that some coins are not readily convertible to cash at certain periods of time, and the coin market is speculative and unregulated.
How do I get started on a coin collection?
Reading everything you can get your hands on is an important means of acquiring knowledge. Your local library will likely have several books…make a visit and check them out. Start small and slowly, keeping it inexpensive to begin with so that should you make some errors early in collecting, it won’t negatively affect your wallet or your attitude. You can also contact Treasure Hunt for information and insights.
Should I clean my coin?
No. Although there are times and circumstances when a cleaning is appropriate, 99% of the time it will result in loss of value to the coin. When in doubt, don’t touch it!
How should I store my coin collection?
In any way that will protect the individual items and allow you to enjoy them. Stop by any of our Pittsburgh area locations for collecting supplies and methods.
Why should I sell my gold/jewelry to Treasure Hunt?
Treasure Hunt is a family owned business, with over 55 years of experience. Our friendly, well-trained staff will involve you and walk you through the process. We offer total transparency throughout the transaction and perform the evaluation in front of you. We are committed to delivering superior customer service in a professional and secure environment. We hold ourselves to a higher standard of excellence every day. Gold prices have been slowly and steadily rising and are currently at a six-year high. It is a great time to sell!
What metals do you purchase?
At Treasure Hunt, we have the ability to purchase many varieties of gold, silver, platinum and palladium. We have the resources to test and evaluate items in order to determine metal content, purity and percentages.
What if I don’t know what I have?
Simply bring it in! One of our well-trained consultants will happily walk you through the process, explaining as we go, and determining items of value. We carefully evaluate your items right in front of you. There is never an obligation to sell and no appointment necessary. 
How much is my gold worth?
Our well-trained and experienced staff will be able determine the value of your gold by first examining the composition and gold composition of each and every piece.  The karat gold density, more commonly known as karat “weight”, is an essential factor in determining the value of gold jewelry.  Each piece is carefully inspected and properly identified. Once identified, the jewelry value is calculated based upon current gold prices.