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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.

1865 3 Cent Nickel Piece rare old three cents type coin 3c
1865 3 Cent Nickel Piece rare old three cents type coin 3c
$15.50
1878 8TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65445 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 8TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65445 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$55.59
1901 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65477  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1901 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65477 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.00
Old Very Rare Vintage Antique Indian War Relic 1873 Seated Silver Half Dime
Old Very Rare Vintage Antique Indian War Relic 1873 Seated Silver Half Dime
$14.05
1912 S Liberty Nickel V Nickel Rare Key Date  Free Shipping
1912 S Liberty Nickel V Nickel Rare Key Date Free Shipping
$100.00
1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65461 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65461 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$25.03
1899 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65505 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1899 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65505 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$38.01
1880 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65504 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1880 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65504 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$31.00
1902 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65459  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1902 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65459 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.01
1900 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65503 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1900 O BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65503 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$36.00
1892 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65458  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1892 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65458 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$26.00
1884 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65502 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1884 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65502 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$29.00
1888 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65457  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1888 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65457 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$31.00
1883 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65501 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1883 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65501 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$29.00
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65456  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65456 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$26.00
1880 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65500 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1880 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65500 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.00
1883 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65455  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1883 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65455 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$26.00
1923 S Buffalo Nickel Highly Desired RARE Choice AU+ Key Date  Free S H
1923 S Buffalo Nickel Highly Desired RARE Choice AU+ Key Date Free S H
$338.00
1879 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65499 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1879 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65499 MS++++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$36.00
1924 S SILVER PEACE DOLLAR COIN 1628 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE
1924 S SILVER PEACE DOLLAR COIN 1628 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE
$17.01
1881 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65454  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1881 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65454 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.00
1879 P MORGAN DMPL OBVERSE ABSOLUTELY A STUNNING COIN RARE THIS NICE GEM BU
1879 P MORGAN DMPL OBVERSE ABSOLUTELY A STUNNING COIN RARE THIS NICE GEM BU
$173.50
1921 SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1594 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE
1921 SILVER MORGAN DOLLAR COIN 1594 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE HIGH GRADE
$16.38
1879 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65453  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1879 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65453 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$30.00
1878 REV79 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65452  HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 REV79 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65452 HIGH GRADE US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$26.00
1928 S SILVER PEACE DOLLAR COIN 1627 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE TONING
1928 S SILVER PEACE DOLLAR COIN 1627 FREE SHIPPING RARE KEY DATE TONING
$20.50
1881 O MORGAN KNOCKOUT PIECE ULTRA RARE DMPL STUNNING MIRRORS MS+++++ WOW
1881 O MORGAN KNOCKOUT PIECE ULTRA RARE DMPL STUNNING MIRRORS MS+++++ WOW
$144.50
1878 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65451  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 65451 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$24.45
1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1559 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++
1921 BU GEM SILVER MORGAN DOLLA 1559 FREE SHIPPING RARE ESTATE UNC MS+++
$23.50
1877 TRADE SILVER DOLLAR 65450  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1877 TRADE SILVER DOLLAR 65450 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$169.50

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