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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.

1912 BARBER SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1456  HI GRADE US MINTRARE
1912 BARBER SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1456 HI GRADE US MINTRARE
$15.01
1891 CC Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve KEY DATE
1891 CC Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve KEY DATE
$255.00
1921 S Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded Coin MS64 Rare Old Holder
1921 S Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded Coin MS64 Rare Old Holder
$85.00
1893 CC Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve KEY DATE
1893 CC Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve KEY DATE
$172.59
COA Early Rare 1702 Old Dutch Colonial New York Penny West Frisia Mint Copper
COA Early Rare 1702 Old Dutch Colonial New York Penny West Frisia Mint Copper
$12.50
1945 D Mercury Silver Dime  UNC Uncirculated FSB  RARE KEY DATE 10c 52
1945 D Mercury Silver Dime UNC Uncirculated FSB RARE KEY DATE 10c 52
$10.00
1927 STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER DOLLAR XF US COIN RARE
1927 STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER DOLLAR XF US COIN RARE
$22.50
D7492 1919 D Buffalo Nickel 5 Cents Coin RARE DATE FREE SHIPPING
D7492 1919 D Buffalo Nickel 5 Cents Coin RARE DATE FREE SHIPPING
$4.25
1900 O MORGAN RARE DMPL DEEP MIRRORS GREAT STRIKE MS+++++ NO RESERVE
1900 O MORGAN RARE DMPL DEEP MIRRORS GREAT STRIKE MS+++++ NO RESERVE
$152.50
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8103  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8103 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$32.00
1893 S Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve KEY DATE
1893 S Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve KEY DATE
$2,025.00
1883 O Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS64 Rare Old Holder
1883 O Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS64 Rare Old Holder
$61.00
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8199  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8199 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$28.99
1934 S RARE MS+++++ WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR FROM BIG COLLECTION
1934 S RARE MS+++++ WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR FROM BIG COLLECTION
$330.00
1885 P Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS63 Rare Old Holder
1885 P Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS63 Rare Old Holder
$56.00
1940 MERCURY DIME COIN 1423 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1940 MERCURY DIME COIN 1423 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$6.02
1896 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve
1896 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve
$36.55
1884 S 1 Morgan Silver Dollar  Rare Key Date Free S H
1884 S 1 Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Key Date Free S H
$118.49
1986 LIBERTY 3 COIN SET STILL MINT SEALED SILVER  GOLD DEEP CAMEO BEAUTYS RARE
1986 LIBERTY 3 COIN SET STILL MINT SEALED SILVER GOLD DEEP CAMEO BEAUTYS RARE
$326.42
D7495 1862 INDIAN HEAD CENT PENNY  RARE COPPER NICKEL TYPE  FREE SHIPPING
D7495 1862 INDIAN HEAD CENT PENNY RARE COPPER NICKEL TYPE FREE SHIPPING
$6.05
1881 O Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS61 Rare Old Holder
1881 O Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS61 Rare Old Holder
$41.00
1898 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve
1898 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve
$25.49
1900 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve Toned
1900 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve Toned
$26.75
1944 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1447  HI GRADE US MINTRARE
1944 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1447 HI GRADE US MINTRARE
$14.65
2014 W KENNEDY GOLD HIGH RELEIF PF70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC FIRST DAY WASHINGTON RARE
2014 W KENNEDY GOLD HIGH RELEIF PF70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC FIRST DAY WASHINGTON RARE
$3,550.00
1986 US MINT PRESTIGE PROOF SET DEEP CAMEO ORIGIONAL MINT SEALED VERY RARE SET
1986 US MINT PRESTIGE PROOF SET DEEP CAMEO ORIGIONAL MINT SEALED VERY RARE SET
$23.72
1904 P Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS61 Rare Old Holder
1904 P Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS61 Rare Old Holder
$49.00
1921 D Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve
1921 D Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve
$34.00
1902 BARBER SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1436  HI GRADE US MINTRARE
1902 BARBER SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1436 HI GRADE US MINTRARE
$16.96
Kennedy 1776 1976 Bicentennial Half Dollars 20 Coin Lot RARE
Kennedy 1776 1976 Bicentennial Half Dollars 20 Coin Lot RARE
$16.25

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1912 BARBER SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1456 HI GRADE US MINTRARE,  1891 CC Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve KEY DATE,  1921 S Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded Coin MS64 Rare Old Holder,  1893 CC Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve KEY DATE,  COA Early Rare 1702 Old Dutch Colonial New York Penny West Frisia Mint Copper,  1945 D Mercury Silver Dime UNC Uncirculated FSB RARE KEY DATE 10c 52,  1927 STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER DOLLAR XF US COIN RARE ,  D7492 1919 D Buffalo Nickel 5 Cents Coin RARE DATE FREE SHIPPING,  1900 O MORGAN RARE DMPL DEEP MIRRORS GREAT STRIKE MS+++++ NO RESERVE,  1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8103 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1893 S Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve KEY DATE,  1883 O Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS64 Rare Old Holder,  1945 D Mercury Silver Dime GEM BU Uncirculated FSB RARE KEY DATE 10c 53,  1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8199 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1934 S RARE MS+++++ WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR FROM BIG COLLECTION,  1885 P Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS63 Rare Old Holder,  1940 MERCURY DIME COIN 1423 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1896 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve,  1884 S 1 Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Key Date Free S H,  1986 LIBERTY 3 COIN SET STILL MINT SEALED SILVER GOLD DEEP CAMEO BEAUTYS RARE,  D7495 1862 INDIAN HEAD CENT PENNY RARE COPPER NICKEL TYPE FREE SHIPPING,  1898 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve,  1881 O Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS61 Rare Old Holder,  1900 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve Toned,  1944 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 1447 HI GRADE US MINTRARE,  2014 W KENNEDY GOLD HIGH RELEIF PF70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC FIRST DAY WASHINGTON RARE,  1921 P Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve,  1986 US MINT PRESTIGE PROOF SET DEEP CAMEO ORIGIONAL MINT SEALED VERY RARE SET,  1904 P Morgan Silver Dollar Coin ANACS Graded MS61 Rare Old Holder,  1921 D Morgan Silver Dollar 90 US Old Rare Coin 900 1 No Reserve,  

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