Values, Indian Points
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Determining Prices of Finds

As shown, there are many factors involved in determining the value of Indian Points.  Most collectors, like me, are not as interested in what the points are worth but more into the history of the area in which they were found.  However, you can't understate the fact some points are quite valuable.  There are people who do these evaluations but I assume it comes with a cost.  The only experience I have had with prices was when I sent a picture of the corner tang knife I found and got a response back it was worth $2,400 dollars.  The interesting part of "values" is the fact that just because they are valued at a high dollar, you still have to find a buyer.  EBay is not the place to sell points or infact buy points.  There is always the possibility of buying fake points.  My advice to most collectors would be to enjoy the hunt and do the research on the history of the area.

 

Factors that influence the grade of points.

Condition: Perfection is the rule. Nicks, chips and breakage will reduce the grade.


Size: A larger point will grade higher than a smaller point of the same type.


Form: The closer a point is to a classic example for the type the higher the grade.


Symmetry: Points exhibiting a balanced shape and design are graded higher.


Flaking: Points with precision percussion and secondary flaking showing a minimum of hinge fractures and problem areas such as stacks are graded higher. Points exhibiting collateral or oblique transverse flaking patterns will enhance the over all grade.


Thinness: The thinner the better provided the point is not classically thick.

One of the sites I use in grading arrowheads
Overstreet Indian Arrowheads

Point are Graded 1 to 10+


G-10+: The perfect point. One of the few half dozen best known to exist of the type. The point is perfect in every way, thinness, flaking, material, symmetry and form. The best example you would ever expect to see for the point type. This grade is extremely rare, and applies to both medium to large size points that normally occur in the given point type.


G-10: A perfect point, including thinness, flaking, symmetry and form. This grade is also extremely rare and applies to all sizes of the points that normally occur in the type. A point does not have to be the largest known to qualify for a G-10.


G-8 or 9: A near perfect point but lacking just a little in either size, material or thinness. The point may have a small defect which keeps it out of the G-10 category. The grade is still very rare which most high grade points would fall into this grade.


G-6 or 7: A better than average grade but not quite nice enough to get a higher ranking of 8 or 9. The flaking, size and symmetry are a little above average. Points of this grade are still hard to come by in most states and are a very collectable grade.


Grade-4 or 5: This is the average quality found. The flaking, thickness and symmetry is average. There may be 2 or 3 very minute nicks present but none considered serious.


Grade-1 to 3: Field grade points that have below average overall quality. Better points with more serious faults, dings and damage would fall into this grade. This is the most common grade of point found.