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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.

SUPERB RARE MS UNC PROOF LIKE 1897 P Morgan Dollar Silver Coin  NO RESERVE
SUPERB RARE MS UNC PROOF LIKE 1897 P Morgan Dollar Silver Coin NO RESERVE
$67.00
1889 CC Morgan Silver Dollar XF+ Rare Key Date
1889 CC Morgan Silver Dollar XF+ Rare Key Date
$707.00
1839 LIBERTY HEAD 10 GOLD EAGLE CHOICE ALMOST UNCIRCULATED VERY RARE
1839 LIBERTY HEAD 10 GOLD EAGLE CHOICE ALMOST UNCIRCULATED VERY RARE
$1,186.00
1839 O CLASSIC HEAD 25 GOLD ABOUT UNCIRCULATED RARE ONLY 17781 MINTED
1839 O CLASSIC HEAD 25 GOLD ABOUT UNCIRCULATED RARE ONLY 17781 MINTED
$415.00
100 Very Old Antique Rare 1935 1957 US Silver Certificate Dollar Collection Lot
100 Very Old Antique Rare 1935 1957 US Silver Certificate Dollar Collection Lot
$7.50
1878 CC US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin HIGH QUALITY RARE Key Date
1878 CC US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin HIGH QUALITY RARE Key Date
$182.49
1921 Pilgrim Commemorative Half ANACS MS60 BU UNC RARE Conical Hat Var II
1921 Pilgrim Commemorative Half ANACS MS60 BU UNC RARE Conical Hat Var II
$68.00
1888 O HOT LIPS RARE MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR FROM ESTATE STARTS 199
1888 O HOT LIPS RARE MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR FROM ESTATE STARTS 199
$64.00
Old Vintage Antique Civil War Relic Very Rare 1864 Indian Head Penny Limited
Old Vintage Antique Civil War Relic Very Rare 1864 Indian Head Penny Limited
$13.50
Old Rare Vintage Antique Civil War Relic 1849 One Cent Large Coin Limited Penny
Old Rare Vintage Antique Civil War Relic 1849 One Cent Large Coin Limited Penny
$15.50
Rare Very Old Antique WWII US Wartime Collection 1943 Lincoln Steel Coin War Lot
Rare Very Old Antique WWII US Wartime Collection 1943 Lincoln Steel Coin War Lot
$19.00
RARE VF KEY DATE 1891 CC TOP 100 VAM 3 SPITTING EAGLE MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR
RARE VF KEY DATE 1891 CC TOP 100 VAM 3 SPITTING EAGLE MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR
$105.50
1626 Silver 1 24 Thaler Rare Very Old Antique Renaissance Medieval Era Nice Coin
1626 Silver 1 24 Thaler Rare Very Old Antique Renaissance Medieval Era Nice Coin
$26.50
1878 8TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 77965 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 8TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 77965 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$61.00
1879P MS Detail US1 Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Rim Damage Uncirculated Coin3236
1879P MS Detail US1 Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Rim Damage Uncirculated Coin3236
$23.50
1921 Mercury Dime Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1921 Mercury Dime Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$26.05
1901 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 77988 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1901 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 77988 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$96.00
1894 Indian Head Penny Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
1894 Indian Head Penny Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
$10.01
1914 2 1 2 Indian Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle RARE KEY DATE
1914 2 1 2 Indian Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle RARE KEY DATE
$237.50
1904 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 77987  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1904 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 77987 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$35.79
1909 S Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
1909 S Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
$82.00
1913 S Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
1913 S Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
$59.00
1914 D Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date LOT A
1914 D Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date LOT A
$145.50
1880 MICRO O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 78008 MS+ US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1880 MICRO O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 78008 MS+ US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$21.51
1935 Peace Dollar Beautiful Uncirculated Coin Rare Date Lot A
1935 Peace Dollar Beautiful Uncirculated Coin Rare Date Lot A
$113.50
1858 1C Flying Eagle Cent Small Letters Lustrous Uncirculated GEM Beauty Rare
1858 1C Flying Eagle Cent Small Letters Lustrous Uncirculated GEM Beauty Rare
$301.00
1885 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 78007 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1885 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 78007 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$21.90
1889 S Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS AU53 Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1889 S Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS AU53 Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$83.00
1881 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 77983 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1881 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 77983 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.78
1879 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1879 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$98.00

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