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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.

1943 WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR RARE COLLECTIBLE FREE DELIVERY NO RESERVE
1943 WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR RARE COLLECTIBLE FREE DELIVERY NO RESERVE
$8.00
1903 O Morgan Silver Dollar  Rare Coin  FINE to VERY FINE  F VF
1903 O Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Coin FINE to VERY FINE F VF
$306.00
1952 FRANKLIN HISTORIC HALF DOLLAR RARE COLLECTIBLE FREE DELIVERY NO RESERVE
1952 FRANKLIN HISTORIC HALF DOLLAR RARE COLLECTIBLE FREE DELIVERY NO RESERVE
$8.43
1938 HALF DOLLAR WALKING LIBERTY RARE KEY DATE FREE DELIVERY NO RESERVE
1938 HALF DOLLAR WALKING LIBERTY RARE KEY DATE FREE DELIVERY NO RESERVE
$7.19
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
$8.00
1893 CC Morgan Silver Dollar AU Details Key Date Nice Strike Very Rare Date WOW
1893 CC Morgan Silver Dollar AU Details Key Date Nice Strike Very Rare Date WOW
$155.00
1921 STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER DOLLAR 25c PCGS XF45 US COIN RARE BEAUTY
1921 STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER DOLLAR 25c PCGS XF45 US COIN RARE BEAUTY
$577.00
1897 O BARBER QUARTER DOLLAR 25c CH AU US COIN RARE
1897 O BARBER QUARTER DOLLAR 25c CH AU US COIN RARE
$152.50
1891 P XF EXTRA FINE Silver Morgan Dollar Rare US Old Antique Coin 58
1891 P XF EXTRA FINE Silver Morgan Dollar Rare US Old Antique Coin 58
$26.00
1952 S UNC MS Franklin Half Dollar RARE BETTER DATE US 90 Silver Coin50c N R
1952 S UNC MS Franklin Half Dollar RARE BETTER DATE US 90 Silver Coin50c N R
$42.11
1879 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR CAPPED CC VF US COIN RARE
1879 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR CAPPED CC VF US COIN RARE
$170.00
1894 O US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin NICE QUALITY RARE Key Date
1894 O US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin NICE QUALITY RARE Key Date
$56.05
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR CH AU US COIN RARE
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR CH AU US COIN RARE
$160.38
1859 US Indian Head One Cent Penny Coin RARE Key Date HIGH QUALITY
1859 US Indian Head One Cent Penny Coin RARE Key Date HIGH QUALITY
$43.00
SIX FRANKLIN 90 SILVER HALFS  2 RARE 1981 A 1 NY IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER PICS
SIX FRANKLIN 90 SILVER HALFS 2 RARE 1981 A 1 NY IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER PICS
$48.11
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
$6.50
1851 BRAIDED HAIR HALF CENT CH AU US COIN RARE
1851 BRAIDED HAIR HALF CENT CH AU US COIN RARE
$120.50
1893 P US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin NICE QUALITY RARE Key Date
1893 P US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin NICE QUALITY RARE Key Date
$315.00
1941 S Mercury Dime FSBGem BU Very Rare True Beauty FREE SHIPPING471
1941 S Mercury Dime FSBGem BU Very Rare True Beauty FREE SHIPPING471
$15.26
1928 P US Peace Silver 1 One Dollar Coin NICE QUALITY RARE Key Date
1928 P US Peace Silver 1 One Dollar Coin NICE QUALITY RARE Key Date
$167.50
1891 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR AU US COIN RARE
1891 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR AU US COIN RARE
$239.16
SIX KENNEDY 90 SILVER HALFS  RARE 2 2013 2 DALLAS IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER PICS
SIX KENNEDY 90 SILVER HALFS RARE 2 2013 2 DALLAS IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER PICS
$48.11
1890 CC Key Date Carson City Morgan Dollar AttractiveFine Rare Coin
1890 CC Key Date Carson City Morgan Dollar AttractiveFine Rare Coin
$87.00
1855 INDIAN PRINCESS GOLD DOLLAR NEAR CHOICE UNCIRCULATED RARE THIS NICE
1855 INDIAN PRINCESS GOLD DOLLAR NEAR CHOICE UNCIRCULATED RARE THIS NICE
$322.00
Rare Old WWII WW2 US Wartime Steel Coin Collection 1943 War Invest 20 Lot USA uk
Rare Old WWII WW2 US Wartime Steel Coin Collection 1943 War Invest 20 Lot USA uk
$7.05
Vintage Russia Rare CCCP Army Badge Lenin Civil Pin COLD WAR Coin Collection Lot
Vintage Russia Rare CCCP Army Badge Lenin Civil Pin COLD WAR Coin Collection Lot
$8.50
1817 Capped Bust 50c Half Dollar PCGS VF25  Rare Pre Civil War Coinage
1817 Capped Bust 50c Half Dollar PCGS VF25 Rare Pre Civil War Coinage
$165.00
1824 4 Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS XF Details  Rare Pre Civil War Coinage
1824 4 Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS XF Details Rare Pre Civil War Coinage
$155.50
 Estate Sale lot  Coins 999 Silver 24K Gold Bullion Copper Old Rare Sellout
Estate Sale lot Coins 999 Silver 24K Gold Bullion Copper Old Rare Sellout
$5.50
1901 O Barber Half Dollar RARE almost uncirculated condition + Lustre
1901 O Barber Half Dollar RARE almost uncirculated condition + Lustre
$103.50

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1793 Large Cent Flowing Hair Wreath Extremely RARE Early Copper Key Date,  1934 S Walking Liberty Half Dollar Key Date RARE COIN silver 50C NO RESERVE ,  1941 S Mercury Dime FSBGem BU Very Rare True Beauty FREE SHIPPING471,  1903 S Barber Dime Beautiful Coin Rare Date,  1826 Better Date COLONIAL COPPER FULL GUN METAL TONE R+++RARE SCARCE COIN,  1952 FRANKLIN HISTORIC HALF DOLLAR RARE COLLECTIBLE FREE DELIVERY NO RESERVE,  1946 LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 5796 HI GRADE US MINTRARE,  RARE KEY DATE 1954 S Franklin Half Dollar COIN 90 silver 50cNO RESERVE,  1884 S Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date,  1788 KEY COLONIAL BRASS COPPER Pre US Revolutionary WAR Era COIN VERY RARE,  1898 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 79410 NICE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1894 O US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin NICE QUALITY RARE Key Date,  1756 KEY DATE COLONIAL COPPER HIGH RELIEF FULL COLLAR EF+ RARE SCARCE COIN,  1923 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3810 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE,  Vintage Russia Rare CCCP Army Badge Lenin Civil Pin COLD WAR Coin Collection Lot,  1943 WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR RARE COLLECTIBLE FREE DELIVERY NO RESERVE,  1812 Capped Bust Half Dollar Beautiful Coin Rare Date,  1922 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3793 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE,  1891 P XF EXTRA FINE Silver Morgan Dollar Rare US Old Antique Coin 58,  1935 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3972 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1835 Classic Head Half Cent Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date,  1952 S UNC MS Franklin Half Dollar RARE BETTER DATE US 90 Silver Coin50c N R,  1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3940 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  Rare Old Vintage Russian CCCP COLD WAR MONEY Dollar Collection Coin Note 20 Lot,  1859 US Indian Head One Cent Penny Coin RARE Key Date HIGH QUALITY,  1922 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3818 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE,  2012 W SILVER EAGLE NGC MS 70 RARE 1969 C 1 CHICAGO GREEN SEAL CU FRN PHOTOS,  1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 79406 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1818 Capped Bust Quarter Beautiful Coin Rare Date,  1940 LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 5694 HI GRADE US MINTRARE,  

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