Rare Coin and Stamp Services

Trusted appraisals for estates and collectors



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Let me introduce myself… I’m Dr. Richard Woodbury, though friends call me Rick.

I’ve been a professional coin and stamp dealer for more than 4 decades.  Like many of you, I collected coins and stamps as a kid. My professional numismatic (coins) and philatelic (stamps) activities, though, began in the 1970’s to earn extra money while pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry. I conducted medical research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, led the protein research group at Seattle’s ZymoGenetics Corp, and was an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Washington.

During my scientific career I remained active in rare collectibles as a co-owner of a coin and stamp business.  For many years now, I’ve focused entirely on assisting estates and individuals by providing reliable “impartial” appraisals of valuable coin and stamp collections; achieving a fair and equitable distribution of valuables among heirs, other individuals, and between divorced couples; and assisting in the liquidation of collections at “fair-market” prices.

I use the term “impartial” in describing my appraisals because it is important to understand that most coin and stamp appraisers are also active dealers who buy and sell collectibles. More than likely, they will offer to buy your collection based on their appraisal. It is unlikely for an appraiser wishing to add items to their inventory to be unbiased when evaluating someones collection of coins or stamps. Similarly, when collections are sold,  “fair-market” prices are more likely realized when buyer and seller have access to the same information and each has similar skill level, thereby, resulting in a fair transaction.

Few non-collectors and even serious collectors have sufficient experience and knowledge to accurately evaluate their coins and stamps and sell their collections with any confidence of receiving the best possible prices. Estates and individuals will benefit from my services regardless of their experience in collecting and selling coins and stamps.

I can travel throughout the Pacific Northwest to appraise your valuable coin and stamp collections.  Contact me to discuss how I can help you achieve your goals. Consultation and information are strictly confidential.

Dr. Richard Woodbury



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