There are those who collect stamps and coins, some antiques, and others who prefer the refinement and mystery that historical maps bring with them. And if you are among those who are wondering if it is worth starting or if you are a bit confused about how to continue, you are in the right place.

The value of historical maps

The value of a map is affected by supply and demand, like any other object, and ultimately boils down to an agreement between buyer and seller. However, it is possible to make some useful generalizations in estimating prices. Two large groups of factors influence the value of a map, one dealing with the identity of the map and the other with its condition. The factors related to the identity of the map will be discussed first:

area represented on a historical map
An enormous preparation is required on the history and geography of the area represented on a historical map to know how to interpret it properly.

The age of the map

  • The older the map, the more valuable it is generally.
  • However, using age as the sole basis for assessment is very dangerous.
  • 1500 maps can be purchased for under $ 200.00 while 1800 maps can be worth several thousand dollars and vice versa. It is therefore not a characteristic that generates indisputable value.


Some maps have been published in small numbers and are relatively rare. If other conditions are present that increase the value, the map is further enhanced by rarity, but rarity alone does not create value.


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Most collectors prefer large maps. Such maps are generally more detailed and more decorative while some collectors prefer smaller maps as they are less expensive and easier to store.

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