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With unemployment rising, tight credit markets, housing foreclosures and general economic malaise, it is little wonder that activity in the rare U.S. coins collecting market is declining. The state of the economy creates a condition of uncertainty at both the macro and micro levels of the economy. People are generally conserving their cash resources and waiting for evidence that the economy is improving before resuming their collecting and trading of rare U.S. coins. The question, of course is this: how long before we see the wider economy turn for the better?

Another indicator within the rare U.S. coins market is the activity of dealers. Dealers are traveling less and report diminished retail and wholesale activity. There is a lack of fresh offerings for sale especially those more desirable ‘A’ and ‘B’ type coins certified CAC (Certified Acceptance Corporation). Rather we see an abundance of ‘C’ and ‘D’ graded coins, which are less viable as collector items for both dealers and collectors. It has been observed that dealers are using the internet to clear their holdings of ‘C’ and ‘D’ class rare U.S. coins at a discount. However it is important to bear in mind, that collecting or investing in those classes of coins is not advisable. Quality is the key and the ‘eye appeal’ is the benchmark to follow.

Other indicators of slowing market activity for rare U.S. coins, is the buying and selling trends of collectors. There is evidence that collectors are curbing their buying patterns and in many cases are offloading some of their holdings from their portfolio. However history tells us that in any market condition, some will make bank, while others will not. For example, the current market condition, where supply ranks over demand, means that those with surplus cash can find bargains in the market, and add to their portfolios.

For those with buying power for adding to their rare U.S. coin holdings it is important to follow the principle of only buying ‘quality’. Quality and value are linked. For example, value is determined by quality, supply, and demand. In a receding market, inferior items, namely the ‘C / D’ grade coins are in less demand, while ‘A / B’ grade coins still command demand. Quality and value will prevail, but sellers need to be flexible on price setting in order to entice conservative buyers in the current economic cycle.

So, as noted above, the current economic downturn is both a curse and a blessing. A curse for those collectors with limited cash reserves, while a potential blessing for those with strong cash reserves. In short, the current times present excellent buying opportunities especially for ‘A / B’ grade coins. For those collectors who do not have the spare cash, do your best to hold onto your coin assets. Despite speculations, the turning of the current cycle is unknown. But what known is that the economy does more in cycles, and if history is our guide, the rare coin market will recover again in the future.

According to some reports, there are some sections of the rare coin market that are faring better than others. For example, early copper items appear to be holding their value. Morgan dollars, especially common dated, and the early commemoratives are declining in market terms. Similarly slow performance is evident for Indian Head Cents and Lincoln Cents. Most early ‘A / B’ type items continue to hold their trading value mainly due to the scarcity factor. These examples offer interesting buying opportunities.

In light of the above, what might be a good plan for rare coin collectors and investors in this current down cycle? It is a simple strategy, buy ‘A / B’ grade coins with an element of rarity. Coins with this profile will always hold their value in a down market and appreciate in value when the market cycle turns. And direct your research efforts finding items with the ‘CAC’ certification.

The collectible and rare U.S. coin market has proven to be stronger than most other investment asset classes. However, as history shows, ‘all boats rise / fall with the tide’. This means that although the collectible and rare coin market has outperformed other investments in recent times, it cannot be immune from pressures from the wider market sentiments.

So to recap:

  • Do your best to hold your rare coin assets;
  • If in buying mode, look for most early ‘A / B’ rare type pieces
  • Focus on rare coins that carry the ‘CAC’ certification

Despite the trends for noted above, eBay is one of the more active marketplaces for rare U.S. coin collectors and investors. Here are some examples of popular high bid pieces.

Here is a sample of available popular U.S. coins selling at eBay.

1921 D Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Morgan 90 Silver Dollar
1921 D Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Morgan 90 Silver Dollar
$26.00
1952 S RARE BETTER DATE Franklin Half Dollar US 90 silver50c No Reserve
1952 S RARE BETTER DATE Franklin Half Dollar US 90 silver50c No Reserve
$9.00
Rare 1824 Capped Bust Quarter
Rare 1824 Capped Bust Quarter
$104.50
1942 1963 US Rare UNC coin Lot mercury Franklin Washington 5
1942 1963 US Rare UNC coin Lot mercury Franklin Washington 5
$16.05
1812 capped bust half dollar rare variety R3 0 106 ICG graded AU53
1812 capped bust half dollar rare variety R3 0 106 ICG graded AU53
$560.00
RARE 1947 D Walking Liberty Half Dollar COIN silver 50CBetter DateNo Reserve
RARE 1947 D Walking Liberty Half Dollar COIN silver 50CBetter DateNo Reserve
$10.60
RARE KEY DATE 1954 S Franklin Half Dollar COIN 90 silver 50cNO RESERVE
RARE KEY DATE 1954 S Franklin Half Dollar COIN 90 silver 50cNO RESERVE
$9.00
Rare Very Old Antique Indian Head Penny American US Coin Collection Money 20 Lot
Rare Very Old Antique Indian Head Penny American US Coin Collection Money 20 Lot
$15.50
1871 Shield Nickel Coin Strong Date and Details BIG Rare Key Date 5 Cents
1871 Shield Nickel Coin Strong Date and Details BIG Rare Key Date 5 Cents
$43.00
1886 O Morgan Silver Dollar 90 Silver Coin 1 Junk Silver Great Rare Coin
1886 O Morgan Silver Dollar 90 Silver Coin 1 Junk Silver Great Rare Coin
$16.50
1889 O Morgan Silver Dollar 90 Silver Coin 1 Junk Silver Great Rare Coin
1889 O Morgan Silver Dollar 90 Silver Coin 1 Junk Silver Great Rare Coin
$14.08
COLD WAR Rare Old Russian Star Vintage Bank Note Coin Collection Money Gift Lot
COLD WAR Rare Old Russian Star Vintage Bank Note Coin Collection Money Gift Lot
$5.50
Rare Very Old Antique Indian Head Penny American US Coin Collection Money 14 Lot
Rare Very Old Antique Indian Head Penny American US Coin Collection Money 14 Lot
$14.50
Rare Old Vintage Russian CCCP COLD WAR MONEY Dollar Collection Coin Note 20 Lot
Rare Old Vintage Russian CCCP COLD WAR MONEY Dollar Collection Coin Note 20 Lot
$4.25
Pristine original Extremely Fine+ AU RARE 1885 bronze indian head cent 1C penny
Pristine original Extremely Fine+ AU RARE 1885 bronze indian head cent 1C penny
$50.00
STRONG 1909 VDB 1909 Lincoln Cent WITH Designers Initials Rare 0502
STRONG 1909 VDB 1909 Lincoln Cent WITH Designers Initials Rare 0502
$18.50
Rare Very Old Antique Indian Head Penny American US Coin Collection Money 20 Lot
Rare Very Old Antique Indian Head Penny American US Coin Collection Money 20 Lot
$20.50
Rare Very Old Antique Indian Head Penny American US Coin Collection Money 25 Lot
Rare Very Old Antique Indian Head Penny American US Coin Collection Money 25 Lot
$9.00
1944 D HIGHER GRADE Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Rare US Coin 315
1944 D HIGHER GRADE Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Rare US Coin 315
$20.50
RARE 1895 O BARBER DIME NO RESERVE
RARE 1895 O BARBER DIME NO RESERVE
$276.27
S Mint Mark TOUGH 1947 S Washington Quarter RARE 8844
S Mint Mark TOUGH 1947 S Washington Quarter RARE 8844
$6.00
Rare Old CCCP Red Star Army Badge Lenin Civil Pin COLD WAR Coin Collection Lot
Rare Old CCCP Red Star Army Badge Lenin Civil Pin COLD WAR Coin Collection Lot
$11.50
Rare 1st Year 1892 Silver Columbian Expo US Commemorative Half Dollar 4485
Rare 1st Year 1892 Silver Columbian Expo US Commemorative Half Dollar 4485
$12.00
1952 S UNC MS Franklin Half Dollar RARE BETTER DATE US 90 silver Coin50cN R
1952 S UNC MS Franklin Half Dollar RARE BETTER DATE US 90 silver Coin50cN R
$8.24
1952 S UNC TONED Franklin Half Dollar RARE KEY DATE US COIN 90silver50c N R
1952 S UNC TONED Franklin Half Dollar RARE KEY DATE US COIN 90silver50c N R
$22.09
1951 Double Mint Set GEM VERY RARE
1951 Double Mint Set GEM VERY RARE
$483.00
RARE PCGS BUFFALO NICKEL GRADED LOT BETTER DATES 1919 D 1920 S 1925 S 1928 S
RARE PCGS BUFFALO NICKEL GRADED LOT BETTER DATES 1919 D 1920 S 1925 S 1928 S
$666.09
1876 CC Carson City US RADE DOLLAR  High Grade Very Rare
1876 CC Carson City US RADE DOLLAR High Grade Very Rare
$300.00
Rare UNC 1951 S Franklin Half Dollar TOUGH in High Grades 6310
Rare UNC 1951 S Franklin Half Dollar TOUGH in High Grades 6310
$9.00
1809 1C Classic Head Large Cent Vintage US Copper Coin AB22 Rare Key Date
1809 1C Classic Head Large Cent Vintage US Copper Coin AB22 Rare Key Date
$18.50

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