The southern state of Kentucky was the 15th state to join the Union, and became a state in 1792. Known as the Bluegrass State, Kentucky has the world’s longest cave system (Mammoth Cave National Park), the highest per capita deer and turkey populations in the U.S., and the nation’s most productive coalfield.
The state is also known for bourbon, horse racing, and college basketball. Fort Knox, Kentucky is the home of the U.S. Mint’s bullion depository, which holds more than 147 million ounces of gold.
In Kentucky, precious metal bullion, coins, and paper money are subject to a state sales tax of 6%. There are no exceptions or exemptions available. In recent years, there have been bills introduced to propose a sales tax exemption for precious metals and coins. However, none of these bills have passed, and such items are currently considered taxable under state law.
Because Kentucky is one of relatively few states to tax such purchases, buying gold or silver is more expensive here. Despite this, there are numerous well-regarded coin dealers catering to Kentucky investors.
If you are looking for coin shops in specific cities located in the state of Kentucky be sure to check out our other local directory pages:
Below is a list of local precious metals dealers in Kentucky, including directions to each local shop.
Among the oldest Kentucky coin dealers, the Louisville Numismatic Exchange was founded in 1955. Today, it serves as a one-stop shop for coin and precious metal collectors, investors, and dealers. The company carries a wide range of US and world coins, bullion in gold, platinum, silver, and palladium, paper currency, proof and mint sets, collectible tokens, and jewelry.
Louisville Numismatic Exchange are particularly well-regarded for their selection of rare foreign coins. A small portion of their expansive inventory can be found on eBay.
527 South 3rd Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Heartland Coins specializes in US coins, and is actively buying historic US coins, proof and mint sets, and paper currency. They also buy and sell gold, silver, and platinum coins and bullion. American Silver Eagles, US junk silver coinage, and gold coins are some of their hottest sellers.
Heartland Coin offers a wide selection of coin collecting supplies, and also offers appraisals and grading screening services.
910 North Dixie Avenue, Suite 116
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Founded in 1984, Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries is a top coin shop in Lexington. Their items are backed by an unprecedented 30-day return policy and lifetime authenticity guarantee. Mid-American carries high-grade rare coins including ancient, historical, and modern US and foreign coinage, and specializes in U.S. coins.
Mid-American has previously sold coins for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their showroom is open by appointment only, as the staff travels frequently for coin shows. Founder Jeff Garrett serves as Vice President of the American Numismatic Association.
1707 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, KY 40503
Bruner’s Collectables began in a 250-square foot shop in 1964, and they’ve been in the rare coin business ever since. The company specializes in US coins, paper money and silver and gold bullion products. Bruner’s Collectables stays current with a social media presence on Facebook, which they update often to keep their customers aware of new arrivals, as well as collecting advice and online discussion boards.
1628 Triplett Street
Owensboro, KY 42303
Cherokee Coins & Jewelry, a family-owned Louisville coin dealer, buys and sells a wide range of coins and bullion. They specialize in US coins, especially Morgan and Peace dollars, key date and type coins, and proof and mint sets.
A PCGS and NGC authorized dealer, their showroom also offers paper currency, and silver and gold coins and bullion, and jewelry. The stock changes daily, so there’s always something new for collectors to browse. Cherokee Coins offers discounts for large purchases.
1825 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Treasure Island buys gold and silver scrap, coins, and jewelry, along with US and foreign coins. This full-service coin shop offers a wide selection of coins, bullion, jewelry, and precious metals. Located in downtown Louisville, Treasure Island does not maintain an extensive website, yet is known for offering some of the best prices for coins in the Louisville area, whether buying or selling.
232 W Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
A-Plus coins buys and sell US and foreign coins, rare coins, and gold and silver bullion. In particular, their inventory contains a large number of rare and historical coins. A-Plus strives to offer coins at every price point, suitable for beginning collectors or experienced investors. They also sell metal detectors and coin collecting supplies, offer appraisals, and purchase scrap gold and silver.
1051 Bryant Way
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Thank you for reading our guide to gold and silver buying in Kentucky. If you know of any other coin or bullion shops in KY, please contact us so we can update our directory.