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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.

1942 1 D MERCURY DIME PCGS vf25 42 OVER 41 D RARE OVERDATE
1942 1 D MERCURY DIME PCGS vf25 42 OVER 41 D RARE OVERDATE
$165.63
Lot 3 Large Cent RARE 18161817 1818 Matron Coronet Head Liberty Visible In All
Lot 3 Large Cent RARE 18161817 1818 Matron Coronet Head Liberty Visible In All
$17.50
Uncirculated 20 Peace Dollar Roll 20 coins Rare
Uncirculated 20 Peace Dollar Roll 20 coins Rare
$480.00
Uncirculated 20 Peace Roll 20 Coins 1923  S Mint Enders Rare
Uncirculated 20 Peace Roll 20 Coins 1923 S Mint Enders Rare
$310.00
1883 CC Carson City Mint Morgan Silver Dollar  Rare Circulated US Coin
1883 CC Carson City Mint Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Circulated US Coin
$31.00
1890 CC Carson City Mint Morgan Silver Dollar  Rare Circulated US Coin
1890 CC Carson City Mint Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Circulated US Coin
$31.00
1916 D Mercury Dime Ultra RARE Key Date in Series Always in High Demand
1916 D Mercury Dime Ultra RARE Key Date in Series Always in High Demand
$401.00
1884 S Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful BU++ RARE Key Date Great Toning
1884 S Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful BU++ RARE Key Date Great Toning
$442.00
Rare Old Vintage Russian CCCP COLD WAR Collection Coin Note 20 Lot FREE US SHIP
Rare Old Vintage Russian CCCP COLD WAR Collection Coin Note 20 Lot FREE US SHIP
$2.25
1927 SPEACE SILVER DOLLARHIGH GRADE COIN US MINTRARE KEY DATENO RESERVE
1927 SPEACE SILVER DOLLARHIGH GRADE COIN US MINTRARE KEY DATENO RESERVE
$23.50
Lot of 90 Silver Coins Barber Dimes Good or Better Rare Coins
Lot of 90 Silver Coins Barber Dimes Good or Better Rare Coins
$12.05
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
$14.50
RARE MS 65 1901 O Morgan Silver Dollar NGC Rare in High Grade Choice 483
RARE MS 65 1901 O Morgan Silver Dollar NGC Rare in High Grade Choice 483
$123.00
Silver SPECIALLY MINTED S Mint Mark 40 Eisenhower Dollar RARE 271
Silver SPECIALLY MINTED S Mint Mark 40 Eisenhower Dollar RARE 271
$5.51
US Commemorative Gallery of Rare Coins of the Civil War in Display Box
US Commemorative Gallery of Rare Coins of the Civil War in Display Box
$20.50
1873 LIBERTY HEAD 20 GOLD DOUBLE EAGLE OPEN 3 ICG MS63 RARE THIS NICE
1873 LIBERTY HEAD 20 GOLD DOUBLE EAGLE OPEN 3 ICG MS63 RARE THIS NICE
$1,726.00
1883 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR ICG MS63+ VERY RARE THIS NICE
1883 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR ICG MS63+ VERY RARE THIS NICE
$877.77
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR ICG MS62 RARE THIS NICE
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR ICG MS62 RARE THIS NICE
$338.00
VERY RARE PCGS SLABBED 1913 S Variety 2 Buffalo VERY solid and Free SHIPPING
VERY RARE PCGS SLABBED 1913 S Variety 2 Buffalo VERY solid and Free SHIPPING
$26.00
Rare Last Year Issue 1909 Indian Head Cent High Red Book Value 540
Rare Last Year Issue 1909 Indian Head Cent High Red Book Value 540
$9.50
1929 INDIAN HEAD 25 GOLD QUARTER EAGLE ICG MS65 RARE THIS NICE
1929 INDIAN HEAD 25 GOLD QUARTER EAGLE ICG MS65 RARE THIS NICE
$512.00
1854 O INDIAN PRINCESS 3 GOLD ICG AU53 RARE ONLY 24000 MINTED
1854 O INDIAN PRINCESS 3 GOLD ICG AU53 RARE ONLY 24000 MINTED
$842.76
1889 INDIAN PRINCESS 3 GOLD ICG AU55 RARE ONLY 2300 MINTED
1889 INDIAN PRINCESS 3 GOLD ICG AU55 RARE ONLY 2300 MINTED
$854.00
1893 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR UNCIRCULATED+ RARE BETTER DATE
1893 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR UNCIRCULATED+ RARE BETTER DATE
$227.50
1893 P US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin RARE Key Date
1893 P US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin RARE Key Date
$154.50
1894 S US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin RARE Key Date
1894 S US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin RARE Key Date
$32.69
1921 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR ICG MS64 RARE THIS NICE KEY DATE
1921 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR ICG MS64 RARE THIS NICE KEY DATE
$208.49
COLD WAR Russian Money Rare Old Antique Rubles Collection Invest Coin Note Lot B
COLD WAR Russian Money Rare Old Antique Rubles Collection Invest Coin Note Lot B
$3.25
1921 S TONED AU Silver Morgan Dollar Rare US Old Coin
1921 S TONED AU Silver Morgan Dollar Rare US Old Coin
$21.00
1892 CC US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin RARE Key Date
1892 CC US Morgan Silver 1 One Dollar Coin RARE Key Date
$93.00

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