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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.

VERY RARE 1916 S OBV OBVERSE WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR FULL RIM DATE LETTERS
VERY RARE 1916 S OBV OBVERSE WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR FULL RIM DATE LETTERS
$33.89
S Mint Mark TOUGH 1942 S Washington Quarter RARE 731
S Mint Mark TOUGH 1942 S Washington Quarter RARE 731
$3.78
RARE 1916 NGC MS65 FB Mercury Dime Look it up Tough 150
RARE 1916 NGC MS65 FB Mercury Dime Look it up Tough 150
$125.16
1886 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR UNCIRCULATED+ RARE BETTER DATE
1886 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR UNCIRCULATED+ RARE BETTER DATE
$128.29
COLD WAR Russian Money Rare Old Antique Rubles Collection Invest Coin Note Lot
COLD WAR Russian Money Rare Old Antique Rubles Collection Invest Coin Note Lot
$6.66
1881 O Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare Date A1
1881 O Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare Date A1
$24.50
Silver SPECIALLY MINTED 1971 S 40 Eisenhower Dollar RARE 631
Silver SPECIALLY MINTED 1971 S 40 Eisenhower Dollar RARE 631
$15.49
1891 S MIRROR LIKE Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare A4
1891 S MIRROR LIKE Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare A4
$28.00
1952 S MS UNC Franklin Half Dollar RARE BETTER DATE US 90 Silver Coin50c N R
1952 S MS UNC Franklin Half Dollar RARE BETTER DATE US 90 Silver Coin50c N R
$39.00
1899 O Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare Date A5
1899 O Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare Date A5
$24.49
Rare Very Old WWII US Wartime Collection 1943 Steel Emergency Issue Coin War Lot
Rare Very Old WWII US Wartime Collection 1943 Steel Emergency Issue Coin War Lot
$5.50
1895 O Barber Dime PCGS AG3 Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1895 O Barber Dime PCGS AG3 Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$280.00
1909 S Indian Head Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1909 S Indian Head Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$284.87
1893 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1893 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$312.00
1882 O Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare Date A14
1882 O Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare Date A14
$28.00
1921 SILVER PEACE DOLLAR RARE KEY DATE HARD TO FIND NICE CONDITION
1921 SILVER PEACE DOLLAR RARE KEY DATE HARD TO FIND NICE CONDITION
$69.00
1909 S Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful Uncirculated Coin Rare Date
1909 S Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful Uncirculated Coin Rare Date
$260.00
1797 Draped Bust Large Cent Plain Edge Rev of 95 NGC AG3 BN Very Rare Date
1797 Draped Bust Large Cent Plain Edge Rev of 95 NGC AG3 BN Very Rare Date
$165.50
S Mint Mark TOUGH 1941 S Washington Quarter RARE 732
S Mint Mark TOUGH 1941 S Washington Quarter RARE 732
$6.50
1806 Draped Bust Half Cent Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
1806 Draped Bust Half Cent Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
$72.88
1899 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS XF40 Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1899 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS XF40 Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$140.99
Rare Old CCCP Red Star Army Badge Lenin Civil Pin COLD WAR Coin Collection Lot A
Rare Old CCCP Red Star Army Badge Lenin Civil Pin COLD WAR Coin Collection Lot A
$12.95
1877 TRADE SILVER DOLLAR 84545  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1877 TRADE SILVER DOLLAR 84545 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$148.50
1890 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful AU BU Coin Rare Date
1890 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful AU BU Coin Rare Date
$59.00
1922 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 82565  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1922 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 82565 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$19.51
1827 Capped Bust Half Dollar Curl Base 2 Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
1827 Capped Bust Half Dollar Curl Base 2 Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
$42.02
1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 82564  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 82564 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$73.00
1871 Two Cent Piece Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
1871 Two Cent Piece Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
$34.00
1890 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 82584 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1890 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 82584 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$20.10
1896 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 82563  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1896 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 82563 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$61.00

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S Mint Mark TOUGH 1942 S Washington Quarter RARE 731,  S Mint Mark TOUGH 1948 S Washington Quarter RARE 724,  VERY RARE 1916 S OBV OBVERSE WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR FULL RIM DATE LETTERS,  RARE 1916 NGC MS65 FB Mercury Dime Look it up Tough 150,  1886 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR UNCIRCULATED+ RARE BETTER DATE,  COLD WAR Russian Money Rare Old Antique Rubles Collection Invest Coin Note Lot,  1881 O Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare Date A1,  S Mint Mark TOUGH 1944 S Washington Quarter RARE 727,  Silver SPECIALLY MINTED 1971 S 40 Eisenhower Dollar RARE 631,  1876 Indian Head Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date,  1890 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful AU BU Coin Rare Date,  1896 O Barber Dime Beautiful Coin Rare Date,  1866 Indian Head Penny Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date Full Liberty,  1899 O Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare Date A5,  1924 S Standing Liberty Quarter Beautiful Coin Rare Date,  1888 Liberty V Nickel Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date Full Liberty,  1952 S MS UNC Franklin Half Dollar RARE BETTER DATE US 90 Silver Coin50c N R,  1827 Capped Bust Half Dollar Curl Base 2 Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date,  1900 S Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date,  1899 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS XF40 Beautiful Coin Rare Date,  1891 S MIRROR LIKE Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare A4,  1909 S Indian Head Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date,  1882 O Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare Date A14,  Rare Very Old WWII US Wartime Collection 1943 Steel Emergency Issue Coin War Lot,  1871 Two Cent Piece Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date,  1874 Indian Head Penny Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date,  1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 7562 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  1899 O MIRROR LIKE Morgan Silver Dollar 1 Coin Genuine High Grade Rare A32,  1922 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 82565 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1892 P MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  

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