Margaret Olsen, ASA
Accredited Senior Appraiser
Personal Property

President, Westminster Appraisal & Consultation, Ms. Olsen has been an appraiser for more than 35 years. Her American Society of Appraisers designations are 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, charitable contribution, Insurance, distribution, claims and IRS appraisals.  She has been seen on PBS, heard on radio stations, quoted in USA Today, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Smart Money, Investor’s Business Daily, The Chicago Tribune and numerous other publications. She has published articles about the appraisal profession, sports memorabilia, sports appraisals, precious metals and coins and co-authored "The Gold Book, A Guide to Commonly Traded Gold Bullion Coins and Bars", "The Platinum and Palladium Buyer's Guide" " and a new e-book, “The Gold Book: What’s It Worth”.

Ms. Olsen has been 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
Senior Member Re-accreditation, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014
Principles of Valuation, PP/GJ 201-204
Fine & Decorative Arts Principles Course, FD207

Courses, Symposiums and Seminars Completed

IRS Rules and Regulations: Report Writing, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
Succeeding as an Expert Witness, Denver, Colorado, 1995
Getting Value from Your Appraiser: A Lawyer’s Guide, Colorado 1998
Legal Environment of Appraisal, Denver, Colorado 1999
Personal Property Insurance—Damage & Loss, Irvine, CA 2001
Art and Cultural Property:  Provenance; Due Diligence; Legal and Ethical Issues, 2002
Handwriting Analysis, Front Range Community College, 1986
UCI: Silver and Gold 2010, UCI
Signs and Symbols, 2008

Appraisal courses developed and taught:

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
Charitable Contributions & Estate Tax: Are You Qualified
Coins, Currency & Precious Metals:  The Meaning of Money
Finding Treasure
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

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, ICTA, PCGS, NGC
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, charitable contribution, divorce, estate and tax consultation.  Ms. Olsen has worked with many museums, insurance companies, CPA firms, lawyers, banks, trust companies and courts including:

The Smithsonian Institution
The White House
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)
Heisman Trophy Trust
Homeland Security

Three_Quarter_ASA_Logo.jpegMargaret Olsen, ASA
Accredited Senior Appraiser
Personal Property