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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.

1883 O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4410 UNC MS++ GENUINE US MINT RARE
1883 O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4410 UNC MS++ GENUINE US MINT RARE
$34.00
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4169  HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4169 HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$154.95
1886 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4389 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1886 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4389 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$36.01
1885 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4436 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1885 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4436 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$56.00
1881 O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4403 UNC MS++PL GENUINE US MINT RARE
1881 O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4403 UNC MS++PL GENUINE US MINT RARE
$40.01
1903 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4432 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE KEY
1903 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4432 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE KEY
$50.00
1890 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4390 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1890 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4390 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$43.02
1900 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4179  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1900 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4179 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$52.00
1885 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4394 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1885 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4394 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$40.99
1880 O MICRO O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4431 UNC MS++US MINTRARE KEY
1880 O MICRO O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4431 UNC MS++US MINTRARE KEY
$40.00
1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4380  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4380 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$82.88
1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4170  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4170 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$88.05
1898 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4186  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1898 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4186 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$32.00
1879 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4274  HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1879 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4274 HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$393.00
20 Full Date Buffalo Nickel Lot Collection USA Old Rare Coins Random Dates
20 Full Date Buffalo Nickel Lot Collection USA Old Rare Coins Random Dates
$9.50
2 Five 5 Very Rare Old Indian Head Cents18601861186218631879
2 Five 5 Very Rare Old Indian Head Cents18601861186218631879
$34.99
Old Rare Indian Head Cent Full Date Lot of 50 Coins
Old Rare Indian Head Cent Full Date Lot of 50 Coins
$46.00
Old Rare Indian Head Cent Full Date Lot of 50 Coins
Old Rare Indian Head Cent Full Date Lot of 50 Coins
$47.00
1811 SMALL 8 VERY RARE CAPPED BUST HALF DOLLAR
1811 SMALL 8 VERY RARE CAPPED BUST HALF DOLLAR
$29.55
1906 1916 Morgan Quarters Rare circulated and in a book quarters 14
1906 1916 Morgan Quarters Rare circulated and in a book quarters 14
$52.49
1877 Indian Head Penny 7 Rare Coin Lot
1877 Indian Head Penny 7 Rare Coin Lot
$399.99
1983 P Philadelphia  D Denver Souvenir Coin Sets Rare
1983 P Philadelphia D Denver Souvenir Coin Sets Rare
$95.00
20th Century United States circulated coins book of 19 RARE
20th Century United States circulated coins book of 19 RARE
$42.00
1900 O CC Morgan Silver Dollar MS++ Nice Rare New Orleans Carson City
1900 O CC Morgan Silver Dollar MS++ Nice Rare New Orleans Carson City
$103.09
Rare 1968 Landmarks Of New Orleans Mardi Gras Freret 999 Silver Doubloon Coin
Rare 1968 Landmarks Of New Orleans Mardi Gras Freret 999 Silver Doubloon Coin
$26.00
1880 Morgan Silver Dollar RARE COIN FREE SHIPPING  NO RESERVE
1880 Morgan Silver Dollar RARE COIN FREE SHIPPING NO RESERVE
$21.50
RARE EARLY KEY DATE 90 SILVER BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED 1950 P FRANKLIN HALF
RARE EARLY KEY DATE 90 SILVER BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED 1950 P FRANKLIN HALF
$30.00
1919 S STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER RARE DATE
1919 S STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER RARE DATE
$59.56
RARE 1901 GERMANY FRIEDRICH I WILHELM II KAISER KONIG 2 MARK SILVER COIN FINE
RARE 1901 GERMANY FRIEDRICH I WILHELM II KAISER KONIG 2 MARK SILVER COIN FINE
$36.00
1924 Hugenot Silver Commemorative Half Dollar very nice rare key coin
1924 Hugenot Silver Commemorative Half Dollar very nice rare key coin
$27.00

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1883 O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4410 UNC MS++ GENUINE US MINT RARE,  1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4169 HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1886 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4389 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  1885 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4436 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1881 O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4403 UNC MS++PL GENUINE US MINT RARE,  1903 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4432 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE KEY,  1890 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4390 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  1900 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4179 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1885 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4394 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  1880 O MICRO O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN4431 UNC MS++US MINTRARE KEY,  1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4380 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4170 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1898 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4186 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1879 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4274 HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  20 Full Date Buffalo Nickel Lot Collection USA Old Rare Coins Random Dates,  2 Five 5 Very Rare Old Indian Head Cents18601861186218631879,  Old Rare Indian Head Cent Full Date Lot of 50 Coins,  Old Rare Indian Head Cent Full Date Lot of 50 Coins,  1811 SMALL 8 VERY RARE CAPPED BUST HALF DOLLAR,  1906 1916 Morgan Quarters Rare circulated and in a book quarters 14,  1877 Indian Head Penny 7 Rare Coin Lot,  1983 P Philadelphia D Denver Souvenir Coin Sets Rare,  20th Century United States circulated coins book of 19 RARE,  1900 O CC Morgan Silver Dollar MS++ Nice Rare New Orleans Carson City,  Rare 1968 Landmarks Of New Orleans Mardi Gras Freret 999 Silver Doubloon Coin,  1880 Morgan Silver Dollar RARE COIN FREE SHIPPING NO RESERVE,  RARE EARLY KEY DATE 90 SILVER BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED 1950 P FRANKLIN HALF,  1919 S STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER RARE DATE,  1924 Hugenot Silver Commemorative Half Dollar very nice rare key coin,  OLD US COINS RARE 1923 S MONROE DOCTRINE COMMEMORATIVE SILVER HALF DOLLAR,  

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