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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.

1891 S RARE CHOICE BU++ MORGAN DOLLAR CHOICE BU GRADE BEAUTY STRONGER STRIKE
1891 S RARE CHOICE BU++ MORGAN DOLLAR CHOICE BU GRADE BEAUTY STRONGER STRIKE
$132.50
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67912  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67912 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$153.50
RARE 1899 O MORGAN 1 SILVER DOLLAR NEW ORLEANS NICE
RARE 1899 O MORGAN 1 SILVER DOLLAR NEW ORLEANS NICE
$45.01
1883 Indian Head Cent Penny 1c 818 Rare Date Free Shipping
1883 Indian Head Cent Penny 1c 818 Rare Date Free Shipping
$0.55
OLD ROLL LINCOLN WHEAT CENT PENNY 1909 VDB BLANK PLANCHET END COINS RARE++
OLD ROLL LINCOLN WHEAT CENT PENNY 1909 VDB BLANK PLANCHET END COINS RARE++
$152.50
1912 S Liberty Nickel V Nickel Well Desired RARE Key Date  Free Shipping
1912 S Liberty Nickel V Nickel Well Desired RARE Key Date Free Shipping
$78.00
1879 O Morgan Silver Dollar RARE This PQ Impressive Solid Gem BU++ Better Date
1879 O Morgan Silver Dollar RARE This PQ Impressive Solid Gem BU++ Better Date
$159.27
1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67957 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67957 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$46.00
1901 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67928 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1901 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67928 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$29.50
1881 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67956 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1881 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67956 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$37.00
1861 Seated Liberty Half Dollar Nice Circulated Coin RARE DATE
1861 Seated Liberty Half Dollar Nice Circulated Coin RARE DATE
$49.00
1896 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67926 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1896 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67926 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$57.00
1891 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67925 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1891 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67925 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$26.00
1918 S 25c GORGEOUS KEY DATE STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER RARE RAINBOW TONE Lot MS66
1918 S 25c GORGEOUS KEY DATE STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER RARE RAINBOW TONE Lot MS66
$154.00
1876 cc seated liberty qurater  RARE CARSON CITY DATE
1876 cc seated liberty qurater RARE CARSON CITY DATE
$48.00
1890 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67924 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1890 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67924 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$22.00
1883 with CENTS V Liberty Nickel 5c Coin 818 RARE TYPE
1883 with CENTS V Liberty Nickel 5c Coin 818 RARE TYPE
$11.39
 RARE KEY DATE UNCIRCULATED 1884 S MORGAN DOLLAR HARD TO FIND THIS NICE
RARE KEY DATE UNCIRCULATED 1884 S MORGAN DOLLAR HARD TO FIND THIS NICE
$305.02
1903 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67922  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1903 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67922 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$39.00
1952 Franklin Silver 50c Rare Uncirculated Proof Great Condition
1952 Franklin Silver 50c Rare Uncirculated Proof Great Condition
$66.00
1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1761 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++
1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1761 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++
$23.50
1925 BU GEM SILVER PEACE DOLLAR 1809 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS +++
1925 BU GEM SILVER PEACE DOLLAR 1809 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS +++
$25.07
1886 1 CH BU Gorgeous Gem Morgan Silver Dollar RAINBOW TONED RARE Lot MS 1
1886 1 CH BU Gorgeous Gem Morgan Silver Dollar RAINBOW TONED RARE Lot MS 1
$33.56
1889 SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1727 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE
1889 SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1727 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE
$33.00
1937 WALKING LIBERTY SILVER HALF DOLLAR 67947 HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY ESTATE
1937 WALKING LIBERTY SILVER HALF DOLLAR 67947 HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY ESTATE
$18.50
1883 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67918  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1883 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67918 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$33.00
1924 BU GEM SILVER PEACE DOLLAR 1805 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS +++
1924 BU GEM SILVER PEACE DOLLAR 1805 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS +++
$41.00
1876 S Trade Dollar PCGS AU 58 High End Toned Semi Rare Chop Mark Starts 100
1876 S Trade Dollar PCGS AU 58 High End Toned Semi Rare Chop Mark Starts 100
$300.00
1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1754 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++
1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1754 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++
$23.50
1927 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 67945  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1927 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 67945 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$42.00

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RARE 1899 O MORGAN 1 SILVER DOLLAR NEW ORLEANS NICE,  1882 Indian Head Cent Penny 1c 818 Rare Date Free Shipping,  1883 Indian Head Cent Penny 1c 818 Rare Date Free Shipping,  1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67912 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1881 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67958 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1889 Indian Head Cent Penny 1c 818 Rare Date Coin FRee Shipping,  1912 S Liberty Nickel V Nickel Well Desired RARE Key Date Free Shipping,  1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67957 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1887 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67929 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1901 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67928 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1881 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67956 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  OLD ROLL LINCOLN WHEAT CENT PENNY 1909 VDB BLANK PLANCHET END COINS RARE++,  1891 S RARE CHOICE BU++ MORGAN DOLLAR CHOICE BU GRADE BEAUTY STRONGER STRIKE,  1876 cc seated liberty qurater RARE CARSON CITY DATE,  1879 O Morgan Silver Dollar RARE This PQ Impressive Solid Gem BU++ Better Date,  1861 Seated Liberty Half Dollar Nice Circulated Coin RARE DATE,  1896 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67926 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1891 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67925 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1890 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67924 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1884 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67919 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1937 WALKING LIBERTY SILVER HALF DOLLAR 67947 HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY ESTATE,  1925 BU GEM SILVER PEACE DOLLAR 1809 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS +++,  1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1761 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++,  1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67944 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1903 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 67922 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1897 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2016 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1754 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++,   1914 S 5C BUFFALO NICKEL SUPER RARE SEMI KEY DATE hORN DETAIL ,  1889 SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1727 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE,  1946 LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 4018 HI GRADE US MINTRARE,  

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