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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.

1938 LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 6582  HI GRADE US MINTRARE
1938 LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 6582 HI GRADE US MINTRARE
$18.49
1880 S Morgan Silver dollar 90 Silver BU RARE GEM STUNNING CARTWHEEL
1880 S Morgan Silver dollar 90 Silver BU RARE GEM STUNNING CARTWHEEL
$36.89
Morgan Silver Dollar 1885 P Gem BU PL Glassy Rare Date Stunner MS+++++++ PQ
Morgan Silver Dollar 1885 P Gem BU PL Glassy Rare Date Stunner MS+++++++ PQ
$46.00
1934 D PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1168  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1934 D PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1168 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$37.77
1922 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 7312 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1922 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 7312 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$23.38
1923 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1478 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1923 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1478 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$18.52
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2545 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2545 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$28.44
1924 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2322 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1924 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2322 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$19.02
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2358  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2358 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$26.00
Morgan Silver Dollar 1898 O Gem BU PL DMPL Blazing Glassy Rare Date MS++++++
Morgan Silver Dollar 1898 O Gem BU PL DMPL Blazing Glassy Rare Date MS++++++
$117.50
1882 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2168 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1882 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2168 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$44.95
1934 S SILVER PEACE DOLLAR COIN 1591 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE
1934 S SILVER PEACE DOLLAR COIN 1591 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE
$38.00
1923 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1474 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1923 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1474 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$19.05
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR AU+ RARE HIGH GRADE KEY DATE US SILVER COIN
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR AU+ RARE HIGH GRADE KEY DATE US SILVER COIN
$31.00
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2546 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2546 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$25.38
1924 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2331 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1924 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2331 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$17.00
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2572  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2572 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$28.00
1892 S SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1602 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE
1892 S SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1602 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE
$42.00
Morgan Silver Dollar 1880 O Gem BU PL DMPL Blazing Glassy Rare Date MS++++++ DDO
Morgan Silver Dollar 1880 O Gem BU PL DMPL Blazing Glassy Rare Date MS++++++ DDO
$76.00
Morgan Silver Dollar 1884 S Ch Bu Frosty Luster Blazing MS+++++ Rare estate Coin
Morgan Silver Dollar 1884 S Ch Bu Frosty Luster Blazing MS+++++ Rare estate Coin
$202.51
1889 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1994 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1889 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1994 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$34.00
1889 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1860 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1889 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1860 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$48.88
1883 CC SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1590 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE
1883 CC SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1590 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE
$83.00
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2550 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2550 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$19.50
1884 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2284 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1884 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2284 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$32.00
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1749 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1749 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$19.00
Morgan Silver Dollar 1878 S Gem Bu Blazing Frosty White MS+++++++ PL OBV Rare
Morgan Silver Dollar 1878 S Gem Bu Blazing Frosty White MS+++++++ PL OBV Rare
$85.00
1889 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1995 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1889 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1995 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$34.95
1882 O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2465 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1882 O BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2465 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$46.00
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1929  HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 1929 HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$172.50

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