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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.

1922 D PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 13010  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1922 D PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 13010 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$25.00
1925 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 13009  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1925 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 13009 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$21.00
1899 MICRO O VAM 5 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13008 NICE US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1899 MICRO O VAM 5 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13008 NICE US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$24.07
1897 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13007  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1897 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13007 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$22.50
1881 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13006  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1881 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13006 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$35.00
1879 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13005  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1879 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13005 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$30.99
NO RESERVE UNCIRCULATED 1880 P Morgan Silver Dollar BEAUTIFUL RARE DATE COIN
NO RESERVE UNCIRCULATED 1880 P Morgan Silver Dollar BEAUTIFUL RARE DATE COIN
$32.99
1898 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13004  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1898 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13004 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$27.00
1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13003  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13003 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$25.50
1884 O O VAM 39 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13028 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE ESTATE
1884 O O VAM 39 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13028 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE ESTATE
$37.00
1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13002  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13002 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$26.49
Morgan silver dollar 1888 O Gem BU Blazing Satin Rare Date Frosted Beauty
Morgan silver dollar 1888 O Gem BU Blazing Satin Rare Date Frosted Beauty
$314.00
1883 O O VAM 10 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13027 MS+ COIN US MINT RARE ESTATE
1883 O O VAM 10 BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13027 MS+ COIN US MINT RARE ESTATE
$21.55
Morgan silver dollar 1921 D CH BU Semi PL with Proof Like Look Rare Date
Morgan silver dollar 1921 D CH BU Semi PL with Proof Like Look Rare Date
$45.80
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2195 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2195 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$29.00
1947 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 4037 GENUINE US MINTRARE
1947 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 4037 GENUINE US MINTRARE
$12.50
1887 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13000  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1887 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13000 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$29.00
Morgan Silver Dollar 1884 O PCGS MS 64 Pastel Rainbow Rare Dual Sided Beautiful
Morgan Silver Dollar 1884 O PCGS MS 64 Pastel Rainbow Rare Dual Sided Beautiful
$113.51
1900 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2396 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1900 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2396 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$24.00
Morgan Silver Dollar 1886 P NGC MS 63++ Old Fat Holder Toned Rare Vam Die Clash
Morgan Silver Dollar 1886 P NGC MS 63++ Old Fat Holder Toned Rare Vam Die Clash
$57.00
1886 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 12999  HIGH GRADE COIN  US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
1886 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 12999 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE
$18.55
1883 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3328 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1883 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3328 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$31.02
1928 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8338 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1928 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8338 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$36.00
RARE KEY DATE 90 SILVER CHOICE BU HIGH GRADE 1955 P FRANKLIN HALF WOW
RARE KEY DATE 90 SILVER CHOICE BU HIGH GRADE 1955 P FRANKLIN HALF WOW
$20.50
Morgan silver dollar 1884 S Slider UNC PL Rev Ultra Rare Date Original Beauty
Morgan silver dollar 1884 S Slider UNC PL Rev Ultra Rare Date Original Beauty
$155.00
1922 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2977 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1922 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2977 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$17.38
1896 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 12997 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1896 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 12997 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$28.00
1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3314 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3314 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$32.00
1891 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 12996 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1891 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 12996 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$35.00
1882 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3317 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1882 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3317 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$34.00

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1897 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13007 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1881 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13006 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1922 D PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 13010 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1925 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 13009 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1899 MICRO O VAM 5 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13008 NICE US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  NO RESERVE UNCIRCULATED 1880 P Morgan Silver Dollar BEAUTIFUL RARE DATE COIN,  1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13003 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  RARE 1903 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR VERY NICE COIN LQQK,  1879 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13005 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1945 S MERCURY DIME COIN 4152 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1928 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8338 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1898 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13004 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1879 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 12998 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1922 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2977 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1900 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2396 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1880 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3428 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1896 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2703 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1903 S 25C Barber QuarterVERY RAREIN HIGH GRADEKEY DATE,  1901 S VERY RARE MORGAN DOLLAR WITH GREAT DETAILS LUSTER,  1886 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 12999 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1926 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 13014 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1923 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 13013 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1927 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 13018 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1923 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2976 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1882 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3317 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  Morgan silver dollar 1884 S Slider UNC PL Rev Ultra Rare Date Original Beauty,  1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN3498 GENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1890 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 2699 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 13002 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE DATE ESTATE,  1881 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3313 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  

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