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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.

1961 RARE 25 OFF CENTER LINCOLN MEMORIAL CENT MINT ERROR 236
1961 RARE 25 OFF CENTER LINCOLN MEMORIAL CENT MINT ERROR 236
$16.76
Old Original US Morgan SILVER DOLLAR 1900 Very Rare
Old Original US Morgan SILVER DOLLAR 1900 Very Rare
$24.07
RARE THIRD REICHS SILVER 1934 A 5 mark Berlin CHURCH with inscription GERMANY
RARE THIRD REICHS SILVER 1934 A 5 mark Berlin CHURCH with inscription GERMANY
$10.50
2005 P MINNESOTA STATE QUARTER BEAUTIFUL RARE EXTRA TREE DOUBLE DIE REVERSE 2
2005 P MINNESOTA STATE QUARTER BEAUTIFUL RARE EXTRA TREE DOUBLE DIE REVERSE 2
$27.00
RARE 1867 Indian Head Cent Extra fine Key date
RARE 1867 Indian Head Cent Extra fine Key date
$23.50
1937 D Walking Liberty Half DollarRare Silver Coin
1937 D Walking Liberty Half DollarRare Silver Coin
$8.20
1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN
1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN
$47.88
1890 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN
1890 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN
$44.87
2013 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set Very Rare And Beautiful
2013 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set Very Rare And Beautiful
$89.00
EX RARE D 2 Two Cent Coin Nazi 3rd Reich German Mercury Dime 90 Silver US Lot
EX RARE D 2 Two Cent Coin Nazi 3rd Reich German Mercury Dime 90 Silver US Lot
$30.00
SEALED UNOPENED Uncirculated Rare GSA Morgan Carson City CC Silver Dollar
SEALED UNOPENED Uncirculated Rare GSA Morgan Carson City CC Silver Dollar
$242.49
1878 7TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN
1878 7TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN
$52.00
Rare Very Old Antique Liberty Head Nickel American US Coin Money Investment Lot
Rare Very Old Antique Liberty Head Nickel American US Coin Money Investment Lot
$10.00
1833 Capped Bust Half Dollar PROBLEM FREE ORIGINAL rare old type coin 50c
1833 Capped Bust Half Dollar PROBLEM FREE ORIGINAL rare old type coin 50c
$42.00
1837 Capped Bust Half Dollar PROBLEM FREE ORIGINAL rare type coin REEDED EDGE RE
1837 Capped Bust Half Dollar PROBLEM FREE ORIGINAL rare type coin REEDED EDGE RE
$79.00
1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar PROBLEM FREE ORIGINAL rare old type coin 50c
1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar PROBLEM FREE ORIGINAL rare old type coin 50c
$52.00
1821 Capped Bust Half Dollar NICE ORIGINAL TOUGH DATE rare old type coin 50c
1821 Capped Bust Half Dollar NICE ORIGINAL TOUGH DATE rare old type coin 50c
$56.55
1858 Flying Eagle Cent PCGS VF35 Large Letters Variety rare old type coin LL
1858 Flying Eagle Cent PCGS VF35 Large Letters Variety rare old type coin LL
$39.00
1909 S Lincoln Cent Rare Key Date San Francisco Mint Scratched 99 NR FS
1909 S Lincoln Cent Rare Key Date San Francisco Mint Scratched 99 NR FS
$42.04
1907 Indian Head Cent PCGS MS64 BN rare old type coin LOOKS RB very high grade
1907 Indian Head Cent PCGS MS64 BN rare old type coin LOOKS RB very high grade
$61.01
1906 Indian Head Cent PCGS MS64 BN rare old type coin WOOD GRAIN TONE high grade
1906 Indian Head Cent PCGS MS64 BN rare old type coin WOOD GRAIN TONE high grade
$51.00
RARE VINTAGE US COIN1798 DRAPED BUST LARGE CENT EE97
RARE VINTAGE US COIN1798 DRAPED BUST LARGE CENT EE97
$190.26
1926 S Buffalo Nickel PCGS F15 rare old type coin 5c BETTER KEY DATE
1926 S Buffalo Nickel PCGS F15 rare old type coin 5c BETTER KEY DATE
$125.67
1808 Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS F15 rare type coin old money 50c ORIGINAL
1808 Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS F15 rare type coin old money 50c ORIGINAL
$122.50
1913 Barber Half Dollar PCGS VG10 Rare Date
1913 Barber Half Dollar PCGS VG10 Rare Date
$55.76
1824 DOUBLED PROFILE Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS VF30 rare type coin old money
1824 DOUBLED PROFILE Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS VF30 rare type coin old money
$85.00
1836 BEADED REVERSE Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS VF30 rare coin REDBOOK VARIETY
1836 BEADED REVERSE Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS VF30 rare coin REDBOOK VARIETY
$81.00
1903 S XF Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Key Date Key Grade Extra Fine EF Coin
1903 S XF Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Key Date Key Grade Extra Fine EF Coin
$162.51
1880 S Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS MS64 rare type coin old money LOOKS FULL PL
1880 S Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS MS64 rare type coin old money LOOKS FULL PL
$58.88
1883 O Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS MS63 rare type coin TIGER STRIPE RAINBOW TONED
1883 O Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS MS63 rare type coin TIGER STRIPE RAINBOW TONED
$41.81

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1961 RARE 25 OFF CENTER LINCOLN MEMORIAL CENT MINT ERROR 236,  Old Original US Morgan SILVER DOLLAR 1900 Very Rare,  Old Original US Peace SILVER DOLLAR 1922 Very Rare,  1974 S Eisenhower 40 Silver Proof One Dollar United States UNC Coin Rare Tone,  RARE THIRD REICHS SILVER 1934 A 5 mark Berlin CHURCH with inscription GERMANY,  2005 P MINNESOTA STATE QUARTER BEAUTIFUL RARE EXTRA TREE DOUBLE DIE REVERSE 2,  RARE 1867 Indian Head Cent Extra fine Key date,  1937 D Walking Liberty Half DollarRare Silver Coin,  1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN,  1889 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN,  1890 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN,  2013 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set Very Rare And Beautiful,  EX RARE D 2 Two Cent Coin Nazi 3rd Reich German Mercury Dime 90 Silver US Lot,  SEALED UNOPENED Uncirculated Rare GSA Morgan Carson City CC Silver Dollar,  1878 7TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN,  Rare Very Old Antique Liberty Head Nickel American US Coin Money Investment Lot,  1833 Capped Bust Half Dollar PROBLEM FREE ORIGINAL rare old type coin 50c,  1837 Capped Bust Half Dollar PROBLEM FREE ORIGINAL rare type coin REEDED EDGE RE,  1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar PROBLEM FREE ORIGINAL rare old type coin 50c,  1878 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE COLLECTOR US COIN,  1821 Capped Bust Half Dollar NICE ORIGINAL TOUGH DATE rare old type coin 50c,  1858 Flying Eagle Cent PCGS VF35 Large Letters Variety rare old type coin LL,  1909 S Lincoln Cent Rare Key Date San Francisco Mint Scratched 99 NR FS,  1907 Indian Head Cent PCGS MS64 BN rare old type coin LOOKS RB very high grade,  1906 Indian Head Cent PCGS MS64 BN rare old type coin WOOD GRAIN TONE high grade,  1807 6 VERY RARE LARGE CENT FROM BIG COLLECTION,  RARE VINTAGE US COIN1798 DRAPED BUST LARGE CENT EE97,  1926 S Buffalo Nickel PCGS F15 rare old type coin 5c BETTER KEY DATE,  1808 Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS F15 rare type coin old money 50c ORIGINAL,  1913 Barber Half Dollar PCGS VG10 Rare Date,  

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