eBay
  • Daily Deals
  • Sell
  • Customer Support
  • Shop Deals
  Home > Help >Membership & account>Rules & policies>Stamps, currency, and coins policy
Help
Search the help pages 
(Does not search for items or products)
 SearchTips
Stamps, currency, and coins policy
In this article
In this article

Policy overview

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.

Allowed

Allowed

  • Replica paper currency that follows the size guidelines in this policy.

  • Graded coins that follow the guidelines in this policy.

  • Coin collections, lots, or sets listed within the Coins & Paper Money > Coins: US category

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Replica coins

  • Replica, plated, or clad bullion

  • Counterfeit coins

  • Counterfeit bank notes

  • Counterfeit bonds

  • Counterfeit money orders

  • Counterfeit securities

  • Equipment used to make counterfeit items

  • Reproduction or replica versions of any Canadian currency

  • Listings for raw single coins within the Coins & Paper Money > Coins: US category with a starting price, reserve price, or Buy It Now price of $2,500 or more

For advice or information from other coins or paper money enthusiasts, visit eBay's Coins & Paper Money discussion board.
Listings for replica paper money (color, and black and white) must follow these guidelines:
  • Items are one-sided

  • Items are less than 75% or greater than 150% of the size of the genuine item.

  • Listings include an image of the actual paper currency being sold. Listings with stock photos or images that are dark, out of focus, edited, or misleading aren't allowed.

  • Listings must clearly state that the item is a "reproduction," "replica," or "copy" in both the title and description.

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.
Approved grading companies:

Criteria for approved grading companies
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.
A raw coin is one that hasn't been graded by a coin grading company, or has been graded, but not by an approved grading company.
Listings for raw coins must follow these guidelines:
  • The numeric grade (such as MS-65, VF-25) isn't included in the title, description, or item specifics of the listing.

  • No estimate of value (even if personal opinion) or reference to a price guide is included in the title or description.

  • The listing includes photos of the front and back of the coin being sold. Stock photos and images that are dark, out of focus, edited, or misleading aren't allowed.

  • The starting, reserve, or Buy It Now price for the coin is less than $2,500.

Listings for bullion must follow these guidelines:
  • Replica, plated, or clad bullion isn't allowed.

  • Accurately describe the precious metal content of your bullion item.

  • You can list gold-plated jewelry and other items sold for scrap within the Coins & Paper Money > Bullion > Gold > Scrap and Recovered Gold category, if they are accurately described.

  • Include a photo of the actual coin, bar, or other item being sold. Stock photos and images that are dark, out of focus, edited, or misleading aren't allowed.

Listings for stamps must follow these guidelines:
  • Include all relevant information that you know about the item, such as origin, date of issue, and condition.

  • Include clear pictures of the actual item being sold. Stock photos and images that are dark, out of focus, edited, or misleading aren't allowed.

  • All flaws or alterations to the item being sold that can't be seen in the pictures must be specified in the description of the listing.

  • 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 make false or misleading claims of sales scarcity, value, condition or investment potential.

For advice or information from other stamps enthusiasts, visit eBay's Stamp Collectors discussion board.

Allowed 

Allowed

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Counterfeit stamps

  • Equipment for making counterfeit stamps

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.

Virtual currency must be listed in the Classified Ad format in the Coins & Paper Money > Virtual Currency category. These requirements apply regardless of whether the virtual currency is digitally or physically delivered. Examples of items subject to this policy include Bitcoins, Litecoins and other similar cryptocurrencies.

Additional information

If you list currency for sale in the US, you should be aware of state and federal regulations. For example, the Minnesota Coin Dealer Law has implications for selling to buyers located in the state of Minnesota.

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.

Contact Customer Support
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.
Contact us

Have a question? We can help.

 Contact us

Ask eBay members

Get help from other eBay members. Visit the Answer Center to post a question.