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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.

1959 D Lincoln Cent PCGS Rare Sample Grading slab Lightly Toned Toning OGH
1959 D Lincoln Cent PCGS Rare Sample Grading slab Lightly Toned Toning OGH
$39.00
NICE RARE FULL LIBERTY 1906 USCOIN OLD INDIAN HEAD 1 ONE CENT US PENNY NR
NICE RARE FULL LIBERTY 1906 USCOIN OLD INDIAN HEAD 1 ONE CENT US PENNY NR
$3.29
RARE BEAUT FULL LIBERTY 4 DIAMOND 1901 COIN OLD INDIAN HEAD ONE CENT US PENNY NR
RARE BEAUT FULL LIBERTY 4 DIAMOND 1901 COIN OLD INDIAN HEAD ONE CENT US PENNY NR
$4.25
1895 O Morgan Silver Dollar Rare
1895 O Morgan Silver Dollar Rare
$120.50
Rare Date 1893 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS AU Details New Holder
Rare Date 1893 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS AU Details New Holder
$125.57
RARE OLD COIN COLLECTION MORGAN DOLLARSTAR HALFFIVEGOLDSILVERUSWORLD LOT
RARE OLD COIN COLLECTION MORGAN DOLLARSTAR HALFFIVEGOLDSILVERUSWORLD LOT
$305.00
1890 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN RARE KEY DATE CIRCULATED CONDITION NR
1890 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN RARE KEY DATE CIRCULATED CONDITION NR
$71.00
NICE RARE 1939 S SILVER MERCURY DIME TEN CENT USCOIN OLD VINTAGE10 US CENT NR
NICE RARE 1939 S SILVER MERCURY DIME TEN CENT USCOIN OLD VINTAGE10 US CENT NR
$3.25
Rare Date 1895 O Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS XF Detauls New Holder No Reserve
Rare Date 1895 O Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS XF Detauls New Holder No Reserve
$364.99
Rare Date 1894 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS VF 30 New Holder
Rare Date 1894 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS VF 30 New Holder
$810.07
MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 1889 S SAN FRANCISCO NO RESERVE RARE HARDER TO FIND
MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 1889 S SAN FRANCISCO NO RESERVE RARE HARDER TO FIND
$67.00
Rare Date 1893 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS AU Details New Holder No Reserve
Rare Date 1893 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS AU Details New Holder No Reserve
$122.49
1956 D Lincoln Cent WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE D D S OMM
1956 D Lincoln Cent WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE D D S OMM
$17.50
1869 S 250 LIBERTY GOLD COIN RARE FIND GREAT INVESTMENT
1869 S 250 LIBERTY GOLD COIN RARE FIND GREAT INVESTMENT
$785.00
Lincoln Cent UNC WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE TAILS ONLY OBW
Lincoln Cent UNC WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE TAILS ONLY OBW
$23.15
Lincoln Cent UNC WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE TAILS ONLY OBW
Lincoln Cent UNC WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE TAILS ONLY OBW
$27.06
1954 D Lincoln Cent UNC WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE TONE
1954 D Lincoln Cent UNC WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE TONE
$20.00
1969 S Lincoln Cent UNC PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE DOUBLED DIE
1969 S Lincoln Cent UNC PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE DOUBLED DIE
$50.90
1878 8TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19806 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 8TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19806 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$54.00
1879 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19827 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1879 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19827 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$59.99
1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19847 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19847 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$45.00
1884 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19823 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1884 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19823 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$56.00
1892 S Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Date Strong Details 11 22
1892 S Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Date Strong Details 11 22
$70.99
Encased Rare Coins of the 19th Century Collection Free S H
Encased Rare Coins of the 19th Century Collection Free S H
$15.49
1886 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19820 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1886 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19820 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$38.05
SILVER FRANKLIN 1955 P NGC PF67 GEM PROOF iTS GORGEOUS  RARE MUST SEE
SILVER FRANKLIN 1955 P NGC PF67 GEM PROOF iTS GORGEOUS RARE MUST SEE
$78.00
1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19843 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19843 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$37.00
1878 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19815  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19815 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$34.00
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9691  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9691 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$28.00
1942 MERCURY DIME COIN 1952 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1942 MERCURY DIME COIN 1952 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$5.50

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1959 D Lincoln Cent PCGS Rare Sample Grading slab Lightly Toned Toning OGH,  NICE RARE FULL LIBERTY 1906 USCOIN OLD INDIAN HEAD 1 ONE CENT US PENNY NR,  RARE BEAUT FULL LIBERTY 4 DIAMOND 1901 COIN OLD INDIAN HEAD ONE CENT US PENNY NR,  1895 O Morgan Silver Dollar Rare,  Rare Date 1893 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS AU Details New Holder,  RARE OLD COIN COLLECTION MORGAN DOLLARSTAR HALFFIVEGOLDSILVERUSWORLD LOT,  1904 o rare blue monster toned Morgan silver dollar,  1890 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN RARE KEY DATE CIRCULATED CONDITION NR,  RARE BEAUT FULL LIBERTY 4 DIAMOND 1908 COIN RED INDIAN HEAD ONE CENT US PENNY NR,  NICE RARE 1939 S SILVER MERCURY DIME TEN CENT USCOIN OLD VINTAGE10 US CENT NR,  Rare Date 1894 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS VF 30 New Holder,  Rare Date 1895 O Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS XF Detauls New Holder No Reserve,  MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 1889 S SAN FRANCISCO NO RESERVE RARE HARDER TO FIND,  Rare Date 1893 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS AU Details New Holder No Reserve,  1956 D Lincoln Cent WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE D D S OMM,  1869 S 250 LIBERTY GOLD COIN RARE FIND GREAT INVESTMENT,  Lincoln Cent UNC WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE TAILS ONLY OBW,  Lincoln Cent UNC WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE TAILS ONLY OBW,  1954 D Lincoln Cent UNC WHEAT PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE TONE,  1969 S Lincoln Cent UNC PENNY original bank wrap shotgun roll RARE DOUBLED DIE,  1878 8TF MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19806 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1879 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19827 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19847 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1884 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19823 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1892 S Morgan Silver Dollar Rare Date Strong Details 11 22,  Encased Rare Coins of the 19th Century Collection Free S H,  1886 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19820 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  SILVER FRANKLIN 1955 P NGC PF67 GEM PROOF iTS GORGEOUS RARE MUST SEE,  1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19843 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1878 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 19815 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  

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