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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.

1909 S VDB 1C Lincoln Wheat Cent San Francisco Mint You Grade Rare
1909 S VDB 1C Lincoln Wheat Cent San Francisco Mint You Grade Rare
$610.00
Partial Bank Roll BU 2009d Jefferson Nickels 5 Uncirculated 2009 D rare coins
Partial Bank Roll BU 2009d Jefferson Nickels 5 Uncirculated 2009 D rare coins
$2.25
1924 PEACE SILVER DOLLARHIGH GRADE BY NGPSLABRARE STRONG DETAILBEAUTIFUL
1924 PEACE SILVER DOLLARHIGH GRADE BY NGPSLABRARE STRONG DETAILBEAUTIFUL
$20.50
1875 S 50C Seated Liberty Half Silver Dollar Rare San Francisco Mint US
1875 S 50C Seated Liberty Half Silver Dollar Rare San Francisco Mint US
$22.76
1923 Peace Dollar NGC MS 60 Rare SAMPLE Slab
1923 Peace Dollar NGC MS 60 Rare SAMPLE Slab
$100.02
Rare Old Russian CCCP COLD WAR Collection Antique Soviet Dollar Coin Note 20 Lot
Rare Old Russian CCCP COLD WAR Collection Antique Soviet Dollar Coin Note 20 Lot
$5.01
2 RARE Date coins VG F 1922 D  1924 D Denver Lincoln Wheat Cent 1C penny lot
2 RARE Date coins VG F 1922 D 1924 D Denver Lincoln Wheat Cent 1C penny lot
$20.64
Rare Very Old USA Antique WW2 WWII US Collection 1943 Lincoln War Steel Coin Lot
Rare Very Old USA Antique WW2 WWII US Collection 1943 Lincoln War Steel Coin Lot
$13.51
RARE original Very Fine 1915 S San Francisco Barber Liberty silver 25C quarter
RARE original Very Fine 1915 S San Francisco Barber Liberty silver 25C quarter
$42.00
Rare 1984 W Los Angeles Olympic Ten 10 Commemorative 900 22K GOLD Coin NO RES
Rare 1984 W Los Angeles Olympic Ten 10 Commemorative 900 22K GOLD Coin NO RES
$622.00
Rare Old Vintage Soviet CCCP Army Pin Badge Coin COLD WAR Russian Collection Lot
Rare Old Vintage Soviet CCCP Army Pin Badge Coin COLD WAR Russian Collection Lot
$8.75
2013 US SILVER EAGLE NGC MS 69 GRADE RARE 1963 5 NOTE PMG 66EPQ STAR PICS
2013 US SILVER EAGLE NGC MS 69 GRADE RARE 1963 5 NOTE PMG 66EPQ STAR PICS
$47.00
1859 S KEY DATE SEATED LIBERTY DIME PCGS FINE 15 ONLY 60 THOUSAND MINTED  RARE
1859 S KEY DATE SEATED LIBERTY DIME PCGS FINE 15 ONLY 60 THOUSAND MINTED RARE
$405.00
1883 S 1 Silver Morgan Dollar US Coin  Vintage  RARE Great Condition
1883 S 1 Silver Morgan Dollar US Coin Vintage RARE Great Condition
$15.67
1892 S 1 Silver Morgan Dollar US Coin  Vintage  RARE Great Condition
1892 S 1 Silver Morgan Dollar US Coin Vintage RARE Great Condition
$22.25
1890 CC US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin RARE Key Date
1890 CC US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin RARE Key Date
$51.00
1878 KEY DATE INDIAN HEAD CENT NGC MS 62 BN LUSTROUS CERTIFIED RARE DATE COIN
1878 KEY DATE INDIAN HEAD CENT NGC MS 62 BN LUSTROUS CERTIFIED RARE DATE COIN
$232.50
1898 S 1 Silver Morgan Dollar US Coin  Vintage  RARE Great Condition
1898 S 1 Silver Morgan Dollar US Coin Vintage RARE Great Condition
$18.27
Rare Very Old Antique Liberty Head V Nickel US Coin Money Invest Collection Lot
Rare Very Old Antique Liberty Head V Nickel US Coin Money Invest Collection Lot
$9.00
USA 1868 GOLD 1 DOLLAR INDIAN PORTRAIT HEAD TYPE RARE DATE 900 PHILADELPHIA
USA 1868 GOLD 1 DOLLAR INDIAN PORTRAIT HEAD TYPE RARE DATE 900 PHILADELPHIA
$130.50
1891 CC 1 Silver Morgan Dollar US Coin  CARSON CITY  RARE Great Condition
1891 CC 1 Silver Morgan Dollar US Coin CARSON CITY RARE Great Condition
$69.00
3 ASSORTED USSILVER COINS  GRADE 2 RARE 1928A FB  1950A 5 NOTES  COINS
3 ASSORTED USSILVER COINS GRADE 2 RARE 1928A FB 1950A 5 NOTES COINS
$51.55
1909 S Lincoln Cent Rare Key Date San Francisco Corroded 99 NR Free Ship
1909 S Lincoln Cent Rare Key Date San Francisco Corroded 99 NR Free Ship
$36.02
1798 DRAPED BUST LARGE CENT NICE REVERSE DIECRACK MISSING NOSE RARE COIN
1798 DRAPED BUST LARGE CENT NICE REVERSE DIECRACK MISSING NOSE RARE COIN
$71.00
1878 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Rare First Year CC Very Good condition sd225
1878 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Rare First Year CC Very Good condition sd225
$43.77
1891 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Carson City Very Good condition sd210
1891 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Carson City Very Good condition sd210
$45.59
1980 US Coin Proof SetUS MintSBA DollarKennedy Half DollarRareFree Ship516
1980 US Coin Proof SetUS MintSBA DollarKennedy Half DollarRareFree Ship516
$6.28
1894 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 69344 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1894 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 69344 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$76.00
1857 SMALL DATE 1c NGC AU 50 BN RARE 1857 BRAIDED HAIR LARGE CENT SMALL DATE
1857 SMALL DATE 1c NGC AU 50 BN RARE 1857 BRAIDED HAIR LARGE CENT SMALL DATE
$247.50
1890 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 69362  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1890 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 69362 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$20.50

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