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Collectible currency policy

Listings for graded currency must have been graded by one of our approved companies. Listings for raw currency must follow our policy.

To help our members buy with confidence, there are rules for selling collectible coins and currency on eBay.

What is the policy?

  • Listings for graded coins and currency must have been graded by an eBay-approved company such as NGC, PCGS, ANACS, ICG, or PMG 
  • Listings for ungraded coins and currency or raw currency:
    • Must not include a non-approved grading company, numeric grade or estimated value anywhere in the listing and can't show an image of the item in a graded holder if the image shows a grade
    • Must include photos of the front and back of the actual item for sale (stock photos are not allowed) 
    • Must have a starting, reserve, or Buy It Now price of less than $2,500
  • Listings for current, exchangeable, ungraded currency from any country worldwide cannot exceed $1,000 in value, whether in a single listing or in a combination of multiple listings

Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or canceling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.

 

Additional information

To be an approved grading service on eBay, the grading company must, at minimum, meet the following objective criteria:

Coins

  • The service has graded at least 50,000 pre-1956 coins
  • The service provides a live, online & accurate population report
  • There are at least 3 graders on staff who are considered numismatic experts. A numismatic expert is an individual who has been a full-time numismatist for at least 5 years. At least 1 of the graders should be a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild, and all 3 should be members of the American Numismatic Association
  • The service provides a written buyback guarantee for coins later determined to be counterfeit, damaged, misgraded, or misattributed
  • Slabbed coins must be encased in a unique, tamper resistant holder with anti-counterfeiting measures (such as a hologram or other method)
  • The service enables online verification of unique serial numbers
     

Paper currency

  • The service has graded at least 100,000 pieces of currency 
  • The service provides a live, online & accurate population report 
  • At least one of the company principals should be a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild
  • There are at least 2 graders on staff who are considered currency experts within the trade. A currency expert is an individual who has worked as a full-time numismatist (with a specialty in currency) for at least 5 years. Both graders should be members in good standing of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and Professional Currency Dealer Association (PCDA)
  • The service provides a written buyback guarantee for currency later determined to be counterfeit, damaged, repaired, misgraded, or misattributed (not inclusive of mechanical or typographical errors related to the holder itself). This guarantee must apply to ALL notes encapsulated under the brand name of the currency
  • Third-party-graded (certified) currency must be encased in a unique, tamper resistant holder with anti-counterfeiting measures (such as a hologram or other method)
  • The service enables online verification of unique certification numbers

We're always looking for companies that meet our grading criteria. Grading companies that meet these standards are encouraged to contact us.

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Visit Seller Help to find details of any policy issues with your account or listings, and get the information you need to quickly resolve them.

Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps keep the graded coins and currency for sale on eBay at a high standard, while still allowing ungraded or raw items to be sold. 

 

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