To help ensure buyer confidence in the stamps, currency, and coins listed on eBay, we've established a set of guidelines for our sellers to follow. These guidelines cover what can and can't be sold on eBay, and the requirements for certain listings.
Most countries strictly prohibit the sale of counterfeit currency and stamps as well as equipment designed to make them. These types of items can't be listed on eBay.
We allow listings for replica stamps and paper money as long asyou follow the policy guidelines.
Replica coins aren't allowed. All other stamps, coins, and paper money must be accurately described.
Replica, plated, or clad bullion isn't allowed.
Coin listings can only mention a grade in the title or listing when that grade has been given by an approved grading company.
Coin listings over a certain value must be graded by an approved grading company.
Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.
What are the guidelines?
Include all relevant information that you know about the item, such as origin, date of issue, and condition.
Include a clear picture of the actual item being sold—don't use stock photos.
Include all information about any alterations that may have been made to the item.
Individually identify every item listed to avoid misunderstandings about what is for sale.
Don't list the item if you're unsure of its origin or authenticity.
A graded coin is one that has received a numeric grade (MS-65, for example) from a coin grading company. This numeric grade can be included in the title, description, or item specifics of the listing only if the coin has been graded by a company that has been found by us to meet certain minimum objective criteria.
Single coins listed in the Coins & Paper Money > Coins: US category with a starting bid price, reserve price, or Buy It Now price of $2,500 or more must receive a numeric grade from an approved grading company, and the numeric grade must be included in the listing. This requirement doesn't apply to bullion listings or collections, lots, or sets listed within the Coins & Paper Money > Coins: US category.
To be an approved grading service on eBay, the grading company must, at minimum, meet the following objective criteria:
The service has graded at least 50,000 pre-1956 coins.
The service provides a live, online 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.
If a coin isn't graded by one of these grading companies, it's considered raw and must meet the requirements for raw coin listings.
A coin graded by a non-approved grading company can be listed, but the numeric grade can't be included in the title, description, or item specifics. You can include an image of the coin in its graded holder even if that image shows a numeric grade on the holder.
We're always looking for companies that meet our grading criteria. Coin grading companies that meet these standards are encouraged to contact us.
Listings for replica stamps must follow these guidelines:
The item must be clearly marked as a replica in a way that can't be removed.
The listing must include a picture that clearly shows this mark.
The listing must clearly state in the title and item description that the item is a replica.
Why does eBay have this policy?
eBay wants to be a place that is safe for both buyers and sellers of stamps, coins, and paper money. We have worked with various outside experts to develop guidelines and policies designed to protect eBay members.
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You can contact Customer Support to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.
We'll review your report and take appropriate action.
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