Molwitz & Treff
Briefmarken & Münzen - Seit 1945 Kunden und Werten verpflichtet
Hamburg's oldest family-owned philately house turns 75.
75 years of market membership are based on the trust of our customers.
We thank our customers for their trust. It is the foundation of our reputation which has anchored us in the market since 1945. Your trust means everything to us.
However, of no meaning can be “reviews” with which people without knowledge seem to want to damage our reputation because we cannot assess their values via the phone.
Remember: remote diagnoses never have a serious result. (see "Service for heirs")
Edgar Molwitz founded the family company on June 1st, 1945. The company has been a member of the Federal Association of the German Stamp Traders r. a. (APHV) since 1960 and has been part of the Association of North German Stamp Dealers (VNB) since 1953.
Still in school child his daughter Carmen Treff became enthusiastic about the world of rarities with which her father dealt. Today she directs the company, which is at home in the fields of buying and selling collections (stamps, coins) and precious letters and coins.
Trading valuables is a matter of trust. Therefore, this mere fact tells it all: Customers who have developed their passion for collecting guided by the founder are loyal to the company to this day.
And now: present your values. Then you will find out everything about it.
Have fun collecting! Enjoy your values!
Service for heirs
What to do with an inherited collection ?
- Leave everything untouched(!), whether it is in albums, envelopes, or leaflets. Do not sort! Do not take anything from the collection! Do not throw anything away!
- Do not separate anything, such as brands of envelopes and substrates. Do not cut anything out!
- Don't tidy up! Don't polish coins!
- Secure the collection – even coins – in a fire-protected place.
If you have received a collection and lack the expertise, you need expert help to find out what you have inherited – and what it is worth. Because only those who know all the important criteria that determine the quality of a collection can determine its quality. And only those who are familiar with the market situation – which requires regular attention to the international market – can assess prospects and – in result – the market value. If you are not an expert yourself, you need to contact one.
Experts who, like us, belong to recognized professional associations can serve as your guide. People who do not belong to a professional association must not be badly belied and might know their trade. But those who are members of reputable professional associations are recognized by the professional world as honourable. And this counts.
Before getting expertise, please try your own judgment:
Can you provide information on the rarity of individual pieces (e.g. letters)?
Do you know how numerous (occurrence) and rare (availability on the market) a piece is?
Can you judge the quality because you understand terms like "perforation" and "mint never hinged"?
And do you understand how to assign the difference between 'flawless' and 'perfect' to a value?
Please feel encouraged learning to understand the terms.
Only experts can know the demand and, as a sub-item, the popularity of values and collecting areas, but your understanding can lead you to a prior understanding of your collection. Did you find test certificates from Expert Associations (e. g. BPP), your collection could be valuable.
Now some tangible information:
- Information collected in pre-printed albums already provides information about completeness.
- First day letters and first issue stamps tend to be of little value.
- If the acquisition of collection elements at auctions is documented, this can indicate intrinsic value.
- The size of a collection can be significant.