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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.

1921 P 1 Morgan Silver Dollar ESTATE FIND RARE Uncirculated Coin High Detail
1921 P 1 Morgan Silver Dollar ESTATE FIND RARE Uncirculated Coin High Detail
$33.00
GOLD WHEAT PENNY Old Antique USA American Cent President Lincoln Rare Money COIN
GOLD WHEAT PENNY Old Antique USA American Cent President Lincoln Rare Money COIN
$3.25
1886 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62392 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1886 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62392 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.00
1903 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62391  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1903 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62391 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$33.40
1892 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62390  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1892 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62390 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$32.00
1881 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62425 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1881 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62425 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.00
1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62389 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62389 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.00
1896 O Barber Dime Rare Key Date Choice G VG
1896 O Barber Dime Rare Key Date Choice G VG
$86.00
1883 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62424 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1883 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62424 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$24.90
1901 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62388 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1901 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62388 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$22.59
1889 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62387 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1889 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62387 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$22.09
1891 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62385  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1891 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62385 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$23.50
1890 S SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1350 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE
1890 S SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1350 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE
$24.26
1892 O Barber Half Dollar Rare New Orleans Issue Key Date Silver Half
1892 O Barber Half Dollar Rare New Orleans Issue Key Date Silver Half
$113.61
1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1363 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS++
1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1363 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS++
$25.01
1884 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62383  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1884 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62383 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$25.10
1897 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR 1362 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++
1897 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR 1362 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++
$35.00
1881 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62382  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1881 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62382 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$23.00
1880 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1361 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS +++
1880 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1361 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS +++
$23.50
1880 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62381  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1880 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62381 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$25.10
1889 O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1367 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1889 O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1367 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$27.00
1922 D PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 62416  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1922 D PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 62416 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$18.27
1887 O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1372 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1887 O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1372 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$29.00
Uncirculated Morgan Silver Dollar Roll Gem 1884 Enders Rare
Uncirculated Morgan Silver Dollar Roll Gem 1884 Enders Rare
$1,235.00
1878 REV79 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62379  HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 REV79 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62379 HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$30.60
1894 O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1366 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE
1894 O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1366 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE
$23.55
1947 WALKING LIBERTY SILVER HALF DOLLAR 62414 HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY ESTATE
1947 WALKING LIBERTY SILVER HALF DOLLAR 62414 HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY ESTATE
$5.83
1884 S SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1371 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE RARE KEY DATE
1884 S SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1371 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE RARE KEY DATE
$30.00
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62378 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62378 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$175.75
1880 O MICRO O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR1373 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE RARE KEY DATE
1880 O MICRO O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR1373 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE RARE KEY DATE
$40.00

Use this search tool, find Rare and Certified U.S. Coins:




1921 P 1 Morgan Silver Dollar ESTATE FIND RARE Uncirculated Coin High Detail,  1903 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62391 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1886 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62392 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  GOLD WHEAT PENNY Old Antique USA American Cent President Lincoln Rare Money COIN,  1883 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62424 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1901 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62388 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1892 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62390 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62389 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1881 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62425 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1896 O Barber Dime Rare Key Date Choice G VG,  1880 MICRO O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62386 HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1889 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62387 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1890 S SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1350 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE,  1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1363 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++,  1891 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62385 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1897 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR 1362 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++,  Uncirculated Morgan Silver Dollar Roll Gem 1884 Enders Rare,  1889 O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1367 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1894 O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1366 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE,  1887 O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1372 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1880 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1361 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS +++,  1880 O MICRO O SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR1373 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE RARE KEY DATE,  1880 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62381 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1884 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62383 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1926 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 6182 GENUINE US MINTRARE,  1881 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 62382 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1884 S SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1371 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE RARE KEY DATE,  1879 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 6118 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1883 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 6222 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 6106 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  

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