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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.

1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18281 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18281 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$35.08
1890 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18311 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1890 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18311 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$35.06
1879 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18280 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1879 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18280 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$45.55
LOT OF 7 LARGE CENTS 1818 18351839 1843 1844 AND 1853 RARE KEY 222
LOT OF 7 LARGE CENTS 1818 18351839 1843 1844 AND 1853 RARE KEY 222
$44.59
1902 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18308 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1902 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18308 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$43.07
1941 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1691  HI GRADE US MINTRARE
1941 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1691 HI GRADE US MINTRARE
$8.27
1883 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9518  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1883 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9518 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$26.66
1921 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18307 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1921 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18307 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$29.00
1924 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9498  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1924 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9498 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$21.65
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9515  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9515 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$21.08
1909 S Indian Head Penny Rare Key Date  Free Shipping
1909 S Indian Head Penny Rare Key Date Free Shipping
$462.00
1879 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9489  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1879 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9489 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$26.00
1859 NGC Seated Liberty Dime PROOF NGC PF 65  Ultra Rare This Nice
1859 NGC Seated Liberty Dime PROOF NGC PF 65 Ultra Rare This Nice
$2,300.00
1878 7 8TF BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18274 MS+ COIN MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 7 8TF BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18274 MS+ COIN MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$64.00
1921 D MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9494  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1921 D MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9494 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$26.00
1882 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9501  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1882 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9501 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$22.38
1890 CC VAM5A MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18273 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1890 CC VAM5A MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18273 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$143.57
1939 LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1700  HI GRADE US MINTRARE
1939 LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1700 HI GRADE US MINTRARE
$16.50
1896 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9476  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1896 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9476 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$40.00
1903 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18272  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1903 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18272 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$154.58
1880 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9577  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1880 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9577 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$21.15
1888 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18302 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1888 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18302 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$38.02
1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18271  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18271 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$73.25
1943 BU GEM LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF  COIN 1648  UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1943 BU GEM LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF COIN 1648 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$18.50
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9486  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9486 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$39.00
1893 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18270  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1893 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18270 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$214.50
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18269 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18269 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$53.05
1942 BU GEM LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF  COIN 1633  UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1942 BU GEM LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF COIN 1633 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$18.50
1897 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9559  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1897 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9559 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$18.65
1887 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9565 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1887 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9565 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$35.88

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1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18281 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1890 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18311 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1879 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18280 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1921 D MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18279 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1883 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18309 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  LOT OF 7 LARGE CENTS 1818 18351839 1843 1844 AND 1853 RARE KEY 222,  1922 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN HI GRADE US SAN FRANCISCO MINT CIRCULATED RARE,  1902 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18308 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1941 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1691 HI GRADE US MINTRARE,  1883 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9518 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1921 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18307 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1924 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9498 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9515 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1909 S Indian Head Penny Rare Key Date Free Shipping,  1921 D MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN HI GRADE US DENVER MINT CIRCULATED RARE,  1942 D MERCURY DIME COIN 1687 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1879 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9489 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1940 LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1696 HI GRADE US MINTRARE,  1884 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9499 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1859 NGC Seated Liberty Dime PROOF NGC PF 65 Ultra Rare This Nice,  1878 7 8TF BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18274 MS+ COIN MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1921 D MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9494 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1882 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9501 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1890 CC VAM5A MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18273 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1939 LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1700 HI GRADE US MINTRARE,  1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9405 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1896 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9476 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1880 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9577 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1903 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18272 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1888 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 18302 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  

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