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What documentation should come with coins for sale on the Internet?

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Coins purchased over the Internet or in person should always come with a certificate of authenticity. This serves as proof of the coin's authenticity, and it should also have information about the purity of the metal and the weight of the coin.

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When purchasing a solid precious metal coin as a bullion investment, it may come with an assay card. The assaying process determines the purity of a precious metal, and an assay card provides the buyer proof of a certain level of fineness. Collectible coins often have a commemorative purpose, and the purity does not matter as much. Therefore, an assay card is not always included in a collectible purchase.

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