About 14 years ago, when I was much younger and dumber, I brought a rare gold coin to Northgate rare coins and asked how to submit it to PCGS for grading. I told the guy that I did not know how to submit it and appreciated any help he could give. I had been told by others in the know that this coin could possibly grade at such a level that it could be worth many many thousands of dollars. In the very least gradable condition it would have been worth $800. Again being dumber at the time, I trusted what the store manager told me and let him submit it for me to PCGS. We agreed I would insure it for $800 and I told him to add the fee for that on to the bill for grading. He told me it could take up to a month or so to get the coin back. So I waited. And I waited. And I waited more. Over the next few months I called the store and asked that person about my coin and all they would say is that it still hadn't come back. After about month 3 the guy finally says "It must have gotten lost in the mail." I was heartbroken. I asked him about the insurance and he had me go to the store where he did pay me $800 cash right out of his pocket. At least he was kind enough to not make me wait for the postal service to process an insurance claim. It took me quite a while but I finally figured out what he did. Obviously he knew it was a very valuable coin and he literally stole the value of that coin from me less the $800 that he paid out of his pocket.The profit from that coin was going to help my wife and I buy a house we found. Northgate Rare Coins did not ruin that dream for us. But they did make it much harder to achieve.I can't say it enough that those people stole from me and my family. They took advantage of how naive I was. Please consider my story if you decide to go to their store to buy, sell, or even for advice.
725 Union StSeattle, WA 98101
5225 Tacoma Mall Blvd Ste E101Tacoma, WA 98409
From Business: Tacoma Mall Blvd Coin & Stamp has been serving residents of Tacoma, Washington for more than 35 years. We buy and sell all rare U.S. and foreign coins, silver dol…
I took a 10k ring in to trade for cash. After taking a number and a short wait, I sat on a stool across from the older woman with the bee-hive hair style for the appraisal. She was all business as she weighed my ring then punched a bunch of numbers into a calculator. $285 she announced. I was pleasantly surprised at this high number. Something made me hesitant though. I thanked her for her time and proceeded to go outside to the curb and call my wife. After my wife agreed the price of $285 was fair, I proceeded back into the store. I had to take another number as the waiting room had filled up. When my number was called, I was then on a stool across from a 20-something young man. He took my ring, weighed it and punched numbers into a calculator. $360 he announced. Oh really? So in ten minutes time my ring increased $75 in value? I promptly said "yes" and took the cash. That was one valuable phone call I stepped out to make to my wife! So here is the deal, what you are offered from West Seattle Coin depends on who you get to do the appraisal. My recommendation is stay away from the older woman behind the counter with the bee-hive hair style.