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Is Littleton Coin Company a Scam?

Should you buy from Littleton Coin Company?

If you have looked into buying coins online, then you have seen ads for Littleton Coin Company. They boast great deals on rare coins, but can this site be trusted?

Littleton coin company has been around since 1945. They sell individual coins, sets of coins, coin folders, paper money, ancient coins, world coins, and coin books.

I would not go so far as to call Littleton Coin Company a scam, but I would not recommend buying from them.

Littleton’s Prices

Littleton occasionally has very good deals, but most of the time they have outrageous prices. They advertise good deals on books and folders to draw you in to buy more expensive coins.

The “On Approval” Program

One of the shadiest business practices of Littleton Coin Company is the “on approval” program.

When you buy coins from Littleton, you make be shocked to receive more coins in your package than you bought. These coins are not free.

When you check out at Littleton you are agreeing to join the “on approval” program where they send you coins with the expectation that you will send coins back you don’t want and pay for the coins you keep.

On it’s own, on approval services are a great idea! It gives buyers the chance to sample coins and decide if they are of worthy quality. Littleton does not make it obvious that you are enrolling in their on-approval program when you check out.

My Experiences With Littleton

I purchased the U.S. Presidential Dollar folder from Littleton Coin Company, they had a promotion running where when you purchased the folder, they also sent you 7 uncirculated dollar coins for $7.

I was excited! The coin folder was cheap, and it came with coins to fill it.

I was disappointed when I received the package. The green Presidential Dollar folder was nice, but the coins seemed too dinged up to be uncirculated. No huge flaws, but smudging and small scratches. Oh well, the coins were practically free.

I noticed there was a white envelope in the box, initially I was excited, thinking that Littleton had sent me a free gift with my purchase. Instead, these were the Littleton On-Approval coins.

I was horrified, not realizing what I had signed up for. It felt like they were trying to strong-arm me into buying more coins for them.

The next day, I dropped the coins off in the mail to be sent back to Littleton. If the coins had been lost in the mail, I probably would have been on the hook to pay for them.

Better Places To Buy

Honestly, there are very, very few places more expensive than Littleton Coin Company. Even Amazon often has cheaper coins! Browse through Amazon’s collection here: Amazon Collectible Coins

I would recommend buying from a trusted coin dealer on eBay or even a gold/silver distributor like SD Bullion or Money Metals Exchange. By shopping at either of these sites by clicking a link from American Coin Stash, you also support this site! American Coin Stash is an affiliate advertiser of SD Bullion and Money Metals Exchange because I trust both of these companies.

Buy Gold and Silver

If you are looking for very specific coins, not in a lot and have a good eye for spotting genuine coins, eBay is a great resource! Just remember to know what you are looking for, it is easy to get addicted to eBay bidding. Plus, eBay is more likely to have fake products or mislabeled items. Sometimes the sellers don’t even know they may be mis-advertising a coin!

Final Thoughts

Calling Littleton Coin Company a scam makes it sound like they are doing something illegal. I have not seen any evidence that this company is doing anything illegal, but I do think the company could be more honest.

If Littleton made the opt-in for the On-Approval program more obvious and lowered some prices, I think it would make a great company. They have lots of inventory and name recognition.

If you are going to make a purchase from Littleton, be aware of what you may be signing up for.

8 thoughts on “Is Littleton Coin Company a Scam?

  1. Any body that would recommend Ebay has no grip on reality, I don’t know any place that would give you the best price all the time. This is why the saying is “BUYER BE WARE”, shop around!!!!


    1. Good point, it’s always good to compare prices! Some big places will have better deals, I mention Littleton occasionally having good deals.

      I can update the article to make that more clear, but I do mention several ways to buy coins in the article; not solely eBay.

      Have you not found EBay to have good prices?? Especially items on eBay’s auctions I generally see very reasonably priced.


  2. Yes I agree Littleton prices are much to high. Just last week I purchased 3 Walk/Lib half dollars from a competitor, and their prices ranged from $22.99 – $26.99 for a 1936s, 1941, and a 1943s Wlk/Lib 1/2 dollar. One coin was graded XF the other two were graded AU. I checked the Price’s at Littleton, and the lowest price for any Wlk/lib in those grades was $69 to $95, so yes BUYER BEWARE. I immediately left the site, and saw this site (American Stash), and had to agree that Littleton just might be is a scam


  3. to littleton coin company. i ordered a set of 50 quarters (national parks) on march 23, 2022 and have yet to receive them.. the check was cashed mid-april. can you follow up on this for me. i have had no notice from your company and hope i’ve not been caught in a scam


    1. Hi Sue, you will have to take this up with Littleton Coin Company. I am not associated with them in anyway. As long as you sent your funds to the real Littleton Coin Company they are not scamming you intentionally in this way, your order may have been lost in the mail.

      See if you have an email confirmation of your order or you can call them at:


  4. When you send the coins back from the On-Approval program, do you have to pay the shipping and if so, how much??

    P.S. Thanks for your information about the Littleton Coin company!


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