Advance Coin is a full service provider for fiduciaries and collectors, offering appraisal, brokerage and consulting needs for; Rare Coins, Precious Metals, Historical Collectibles, as well as, other tangible personal property categories including Estate Jewelry. We also provide expert witness testimony and litigation support for attorneys in Rare Coin and Historical Collectibles related cases including damage and loss, dissolution and other disputes. Michael Moline has been a lecturer to various trade and community groups, and has been the recipient of a number of Educational Awards sponsored by the American Numismatic Association. He is a contributing editor to The Guide Book to Untied States Coins since 1987 and is a Life Member of the American Numismatist Association, as well as, a member of the Professional Numismatist Guild.

View more credentials through the Appraisers Association of America.


How do I get my Collection Appraised?

The first step to getting an accurate appraisal is to have the items assessed by a professional. Michael Moline has professionally served the collectibles community since 1981. As members of the Appraisers Association of America, we can provide formal written appraisals for estate planning, insurance, or tax purposes. Charges for formal written appraisals are based on our experts’ time and are charged on an hourly basis.

Appraise or Sell Now:

Advance Coin is always looking for quality Jewelry, Timepieces, or Historic Collectibles for appraisal services or outright purchase. We would be pleased to discuss your collection, your buying or selling needs, and how we can be of service to you. Call or email us today if you would like to determine the best options for your items.

Written Appraisals:

Appraisals are charged on a per hour basis with a minimum appraisal fee.

Travel Time: In addition to the appraisal fee, secretarial and travel time will be charged per hour. Estimated costs will be provided and agreed to before commencing any appraisal work.

Advance Coin does offer no-cost evaluations of property for potential appraisal or sale. Our initial consultation and even on-site evaluation will be free of charge.

Verbal Valuations:

If you are considering selling your property and do not need a formal written appraisal, Advance Coin can provide a no cost estimate valuations of property.

Corporate Collections, Institution and Museum Appraisals:

Corporate, Institution and Museum Collections are required to regularly update appraisals for insurance, loans or asset evaluations. Advance Coin can offer a discounted yearly fee for verbal or written appraisals.

Please contact Michael Moline at 310 275 4688 to discuss how Advance Coin may be of service.

What Makes Jewelry & Timepieces Valuable?

There are several factors an evaluator looks at in determining the auction value of an individual item.

Age: Is the item designed during a particular period or era in history (i.e. Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco, etc.)?

Complication: With regard to watches, how complex is the movement? Does it have any specialty features such as a chronograph, repeater, multi time zone, etc.?

Designer: Is the jewelry item attributed to a particular designer such as Van Cleef & Arpel, Cartier or Tiffany? In the case of watches, did a maker such as Patek Philippe , Audemars Piguet, or Rolex produce the watch?

Materials: What is the item made of, gold, platinum, or silver? Metals carry different values. Are the gemstones precious like diamonds, rubies, or sapphires?

Provenance: Did the item belong to a famous or well-known person, or entitiy? Can the provenance be documented?

Quality: Was the item made with fine materials or commercial grade materials? There are a number of observations to make with regard to quality. Are gemstones sparkling and bright? Are the diamonds white? Are the sapphires medium blue vs. blue-black blue? In an multi gemstone piece, how well matched are the gemstone’s colors? This also applies to pearls. Is the strand well matched for size, color, shape, luster and surface?

Rarity: Is there an uncommon gemstone size or type (for example a 10.00 plus carat fancy shaped diamond)?

Size: Is the gemstone large? Is the pocket watch a standard or common size, or it over-sized or is it extremely thin such as a tuxedo formal watch?

Uniqueness: Is the item one-of-a-kind?