"Recent news media investigations conducted with the assistance of Professional Numismatist Guild member-dealers from Texas revealed that some traveling gold buyers who set up for a few days in a hotel, then move on to another town, sometimes offered as little as three percent of the actual value of coins they were offered. You may see bigger promises than payouts," said Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director. "The scales used by some itinerant buyers to weigh gold jewelry may not even be lawfully registered with government agencies. That could result in inaccurate weight measurements to your detriment when you're selling gold jewelry for its melt value," said Brueggeman.
Brueggeman encourages those interested in selling gold or silver to prepare in advance and get multiple offers. He suggests consulting with local merchants who have a good reputation in the community. Some traveling buyers have lawsuits filed against them or are targeting areas of the country undergoing economic distress. PNG Executive Director Brueggeman emphasizes: "If you don't know coins, you'd better know your coin buyer." The PNG has a strict Code of Ethics for its members in the buying and selling of numismatic items. For additional information and the locations of PNG member-dealers, call (760) 728-1300 or visit online at www.PNGdealers.com.