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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 FINE MORGAN DOLLAR RARE KEY DATE SHARP 90SILVER VERY NICE US1 COIN3321
1887 O FINE MORGAN DOLLAR RARE KEY DATE SHARP 90SILVER VERY NICE US1 COIN3321
$20.50
1 DAY SALE JUNK DRAWER LOT OF 232 JEWELRY 24K GOLD LF RARE US COINS VINTAGE
1 DAY SALE JUNK DRAWER LOT OF 232 JEWELRY 24K GOLD LF RARE US COINS VINTAGE
$20.50
1911 S Lincoln Cent Key Date Rare Nice Condition Free S H
1911 S Lincoln Cent Key Date Rare Nice Condition Free S H
$25.30
1881 S Morgan Silver Dollar UNC BU MS+++ Coin RARE Lot A
1881 S Morgan Silver Dollar UNC BU MS+++ Coin RARE Lot A
$36.00
1896 Morgan Silver Dollar UNC BU MS+++ Coin RARE Lot C
1896 Morgan Silver Dollar UNC BU MS+++ Coin RARE Lot C
$22.03
1878 S Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU Cleaned Coin RARE Lot D
1878 S Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU Cleaned Coin RARE Lot D
$32.99
1878 S Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU Coin RARE Lot E
1878 S Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU Coin RARE Lot E
$39.68
1881 O Morgan Silver Dollar AU UNC Coin RARE Lot F
1881 O Morgan Silver Dollar AU UNC Coin RARE Lot F
$28.00
1879 S Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot G
1879 S Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot G
$21.50
1886 O Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot H
1886 O Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot H
$19.50
1921 S Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot I
1921 S Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot I
$19.50
1901 O Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot J
1901 O Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot J
$16.50
1899 O Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot K
1899 O Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot K
$19.50
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9688 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9688 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$150.00
Unsearched Old Rare OBW Wheat  Indian Head Penny Roll Wheat  Indian Head Ends
Unsearched Old Rare OBW Wheat Indian Head Penny Roll Wheat Indian Head Ends
$20.50
1922 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 9715  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1922 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 9715 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$24.52
Junk drawer mixed lot Silver coins Colonial 1800s Draped Bust Antique RARE
Junk drawer mixed lot Silver coins Colonial 1800s Draped Bust Antique RARE
$34.00
1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9714  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9714 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$32.00
1900 Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU UNC Coin RARE Lot Q
1900 Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU UNC Coin RARE Lot Q
$27.99
1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9713  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9713 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$20.50
1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU UNC Coin RARE Lot R
1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU UNC Coin RARE Lot R
$24.50
1900 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9712  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1900 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9712 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$27.99
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9711  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9711 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$33.12
1897 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9710  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1897 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9710 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$27.99
1887 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9709  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1887 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9709 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.99
1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar AU UNC Gorgeous Coin RARE Lot X
1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar AU UNC Gorgeous Coin RARE Lot X
$31.00
1885 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9708  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1885 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9708 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$53.00
1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar UNC BU MS++++ Gorgeous Coin RARE Lot Y
1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar UNC BU MS++++ Gorgeous Coin RARE Lot Y
$37.00
1891 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9747 MS+++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1891 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9747 MS+++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$41.12
1892 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9707  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1892 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9707 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$51.00

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1887 O FINE MORGAN DOLLAR RARE KEY DATE SHARP 90SILVER VERY NICE US1 COIN3321,  1 DAY SALE JUNK DRAWER LOT OF 232 JEWELRY 24K GOLD LF RARE US COINS VINTAGE,  1911 S Lincoln Cent Key Date Rare Nice Condition Free S H,  1881 S Morgan Silver Dollar UNC BU MS+++ Coin RARE Lot A,  1896 Morgan Silver Dollar UNC BU MS+++ Coin RARE Lot C,  1878 S Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU Cleaned Coin RARE Lot D,  1878 S Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU Coin RARE Lot E,  1881 O Morgan Silver Dollar AU UNC Coin RARE Lot F,  1879 S Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot G,  1886 O Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot H,  1921 S Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot I,  1901 O Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot J,  1899 O Morgan Silver Dollar Historic Coin RARE Lot K,  1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9688 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  Unsearched Old Rare OBW Wheat Indian Head Penny Roll Wheat Indian Head Ends,  1923 D PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 9716 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1922 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 9715 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  Junk drawer mixed lot Silver coins Colonial 1800s Draped Bust Antique RARE,  1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9714 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1900 Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU UNC Coin RARE Lot Q,  1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9713 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar XF AU UNC Coin RARE Lot R,  1900 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9712 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  Unsearched Old Rare OBW Wheat Indian Head Penny Roll Wheat Indian Head Ends,  1900 Morgan Silver Dollar AU UNC Gorgeous Coin RARE Lot S,  1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9711 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1897 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9710 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1887 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9709 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1900 O Morgan Silver Dollar AU UNC Gorgeous Coin RARE Lot X,  1885 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 9708 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  

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