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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.

1875 S 20 Twenty Cent Liberty Seated Silver Rare Nice Condition
1875 S 20 Twenty Cent Liberty Seated Silver Rare Nice Condition
$74.09
1928 S Peace Silver Dollar US rare Coin Date for set collection 1 XF VF
1928 S Peace Silver Dollar US rare Coin Date for set collection 1 XF VF
$32.57
RARE 1921 MS ++++ Peace Silver Dollar No Reserve
RARE 1921 MS ++++ Peace Silver Dollar No Reserve
$96.00
Rare coins
Rare coins
$21.77
RARE 1909 GERMANY 3 DREI MARK J FREIE und HANSESTADT HAMBURG SILVER COIN FINE
RARE 1909 GERMANY 3 DREI MARK J FREIE und HANSESTADT HAMBURG SILVER COIN FINE
$7.50
1932 D WASHINGTON 25 CENTS EXTREMELY FINE RARE KEY DATE
1932 D WASHINGTON 25 CENTS EXTREMELY FINE RARE KEY DATE
$112.50
EXTREME RARE 1913 A GERMANY WILHELM II KAISER KONIG 3 DREI MARK SILVER COIN FINE
EXTREME RARE 1913 A GERMANY WILHELM II KAISER KONIG 3 DREI MARK SILVER COIN FINE
$11.00
RARE THIRD REICHS SILVER 1934 A 5 mark Berlin CHURCH with inscription GERMANY
RARE THIRD REICHS SILVER 1934 A 5 mark Berlin CHURCH with inscription GERMANY
$6.30
1872 10 Liberty Head Gold Eagle XF45 PCGS SUPER RARE 40 60 known C927
1872 10 Liberty Head Gold Eagle XF45 PCGS SUPER RARE 40 60 known C927
$2,258.44
Rare Very Old Antique WWII US American Government Collection 1943 War Coin Lot
Rare Very Old Antique WWII US American Government Collection 1943 War Coin Lot
$11.61
Rare 1877 S US Trade Dollar Silver 1 Coin Early United States Currency NR
Rare 1877 S US Trade Dollar Silver 1 Coin Early United States Currency NR
$127.75
Rare Old Antique Freemason Knights Templar Masonic WW2 Free Mason 1940 Coin Lot
Rare Old Antique Freemason Knights Templar Masonic WW2 Free Mason 1940 Coin Lot
$26.55
RARE 1955 PCGS MS64 SILVER FRANKLIN KEY YEAR SUPERWHITE FREE SHIP
RARE 1955 PCGS MS64 SILVER FRANKLIN KEY YEAR SUPERWHITE FREE SHIP
$25.00
EX Rare A1 + A1 Nazi Coins 3rd Reich Mercury Dime 90 Silver Color US German Lot
EX Rare A1 + A1 Nazi Coins 3rd Reich Mercury Dime 90 Silver Color US German Lot
$15.50
RARE 1896 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR low mintage date sharp VF ships free
RARE 1896 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR low mintage date sharp VF ships free
$38.00
Rare Old Antique American US USA Indian Head Penny 25 Coin Lot Collection Xmas
Rare Old Antique American US USA Indian Head Penny 25 Coin Lot Collection Xmas
$14.50
Lot of 13 Seated Half Dimes and Capped Bust Half Dime Rare Dates 1836 1872 805
Lot of 13 Seated Half Dimes and Capped Bust Half Dime Rare Dates 1836 1872 805
$161.51
Lot of 6 Seated Liberty Dimes Various Dates 1843 1890 Rare Hard to find 119
Lot of 6 Seated Liberty Dimes Various Dates 1843 1890 Rare Hard to find 119
$12.67
Lot of 12 Key date Indian Head Pennies and Flying Eagle Cents 1857 1864 Rare
Lot of 12 Key date Indian Head Pennies and Flying Eagle Cents 1857 1864 Rare
$50.65
1882 P Morgan Dollar Rare Date US Mint Gem PQ Silver Coin BU Unc MS++++++
1882 P Morgan Dollar Rare Date US Mint Gem PQ Silver Coin BU Unc MS++++++
$15.50
Junk drawer mixed lotSilver coins Colonial 1800s Cap Bust Civil Shield RARE
Junk drawer mixed lotSilver coins Colonial 1800s Cap Bust Civil Shield RARE
$13.50
RARE EARLY KEY DATE 90 SILVER CHOICE BU HIGH GRADE 1953 P FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR
RARE EARLY KEY DATE 90 SILVER CHOICE BU HIGH GRADE 1953 P FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR
$20.50
SEALED UNOPENED Uncirculated Rare GSA Morgan Carson City CC Silver Dollar
SEALED UNOPENED Uncirculated Rare GSA Morgan Carson City CC Silver Dollar
$229.60
1999 P 1 PCGS PR70 DCAMEO AMERICAN PROOF SILVER EAGLE PR70 Rare 999 Q
1999 P 1 PCGS PR70 DCAMEO AMERICAN PROOF SILVER EAGLE PR70 Rare 999 Q
$202.50
1880 O Morgan Dollar Rare Key Date US Mint Silver Coin Unc MS
1880 O Morgan Dollar Rare Key Date US Mint Silver Coin Unc MS
$22.49
2 1900 S Barber half dollars US 90 silver coin lot rare coins silver coins
2 1900 S Barber half dollars US 90 silver coin lot rare coins silver coins
$14.50
1898 Morgan silver dollar US90 silver coin lot rare coin silver coin
1898 Morgan silver dollar US90 silver coin lot rare coin silver coin
$31.00
8 eight Indian Head penny lot rare coins hard to get coins Liberty vintage
8 eight Indian Head penny lot rare coins hard to get coins Liberty vintage
$4.25
Rare Very Old Antique Liberty Head Nickel American US Coin Money Investment Lot
Rare Very Old Antique Liberty Head Nickel American US Coin Money Investment Lot
$10.50
1928 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE IN AIRTITE CAPSULE
1928 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE IN AIRTITE CAPSULE
$26.00

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