Margaret Olsen, ASA
Accredited Senior Appraiser
Personal Property

President, Westminster Appraisal & Consultation, Ms. Olsen, an appraiser for more than 35 years, is accredited with the American Society of Appraisers and has designations in Personal Property-Sports Collectibles and Memorabilia and Numismatics (coins and currency).  Ms. Olsen is a guest Speaker, Author, University Instructor, Appraiser and expert witness.  A recognized authority on Personal Property, she is often called upon for Estate, Non- cash charitable contributions, Insurance coverage and loss claims, Equitable distribution, and evaluation of personal and corporate collections and disposition of property.  She has been seen on PBS, heard on radio stations, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Smart Money, Investor’s Business Daily, The Chicago Tribune and numerous other publications. She has published articles regarding the appraisal profession, memorabilia, sports appraisals, precious metals, coins and currency and co-authored "The Gold Book", "The Platinum and Palladium Buyer's Guide" " and an e-book, “The Gold Book: What’s It Worth”.

Ms. Olsen has experience as a University Instructor, Advisor and Consultant for Personal Property Principles of Valuation, Connoisseurship and Professional Development Courses at The University of California at Irvine (UCI), Northwestern University (NWU), George Washington University (GWU), The University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC), Pratt Institute, The University of Missouri at Columbia (UMC), University of Georgia (UGA), University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK), and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). An Education Consultant to UCI, a member of the UCI Advisory Committee and the recipient of the Distinguished Instructor Award from UCI, Olsen is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

American Society of Appraisers - Courses Completed

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022
Senior Member Re-accreditation, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014, 2019
Principles of Valuation, PP/GJ 201-204
Fine & Decorative Arts Principles Course, FD207

Courses, Symposiums, Webinars and Seminars Completed

IRS Rules and Regulations,
Succeeding as an Expert Witness, Denver, Colorado
Getting Value from Your Appraiser: A Lawyer’s Guide, Colorado
Legal Environment of Appraisal, Denver, Colorado
Personal Property Insurance—Damage & Loss, Irvine, CA
Art and Cultural Property:  Provenance; Due Diligence; Legal and Ethical Issues,
Handwriting Analysis, Front Range Community College
UCI: Silver and Gold
Signs and Symbols
The Federal Tax Deduction for Donated Property     


Insurance, Appraisers, and the Law
Appraisers Toolkit: Fakes, Frauds, & Reproductions
Silver, From the Ground Up
The Business of Appraising
Charitable Contributions—Do’s & Don’ts
Coins, Currency & Precious Metals:  The Meaning of Money
Estate Tax & Charitable Contributions: Are You Qualified
Finding Treasure
Personal Property Insurance—Damage & Loss
Introduction to Personal Property Valuation
Personal Property Valuation Methodology—Research and Analysis
Personal Property Valuation—Report Writing
Personal Property Valuation—Advanced Report Writing, Report Writing Update   & Review
Silver Detective – Sterling, Plate or Pure
The Meaning of Money, Coins, Currency and Precious Metals
Turning Gold and Silver into Green
UCI: Silver and Gold


American Society of Appraisers, Accredited Senior Appraiser, Personal Property
International Board of Examiners, Personal Property Committee
Personal Property - Distance Education Coordinator, Education Chair
International Education Advisor
Denver Chapter – President, Vice President, Treasurer
American Numismatic Association Life Member 1684
Canadian Numismatic Association Life Member 241
Baseball Hall of Fame - Individual Member
Manuscript Society


Ms. Olsen is a frequent guest speaker.  A recognized authority on Personal Property, sports and coins, she is often called upon for appraisal and consultation related to insurance coverage, insurance claims, purchases and sales, expert witness consultation, litigation support, non-cash charitable contribution, divorce, estate, tax consultation, equitable distribution, and evaluation of personal and corporate collections and disposition of property. Ms. Olsen has worked with many museums, insurance companies, CPA firms, lawyers, banks, trust companies and courts including: 

The Smithsonian Institution
The White House
Heisman Trophy Trust
The Baseball Hall of Fame
The National Park Service
The Denver Mint
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Richard Petty Museum
World Figure Skating Museum
The International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Johnson Matthey Refiners
Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC),
Federal Depository Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Three_Quarter_ASA_Logo.jpegMargaret Olsen, ASA
Accredited Senior Appraiser
Personal Property