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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.

EX Rare 3 Coins 1916 Mercury Dime 90 Silver + 2 Nazi 3rd Reich German US Lot
EX Rare 3 Coins 1916 Mercury Dime 90 Silver + 2 Nazi 3rd Reich German US Lot
$5.50
RARE LOT 13 INDIAN HEADS 59 62 63 64 65 70 71 72 73 74 75 76
RARE LOT 13 INDIAN HEADS 59 62 63 64 65 70 71 72 73 74 75 76
$82.50
1 No Reserve 1882 O Morgan Silver Dollar Bright AU RARE High Grade
1 No Reserve 1882 O Morgan Silver Dollar Bright AU RARE High Grade
$27.60
1 No Reserve 1890 S Morgan Silver Dollar Bright AU RARE High Grade
1 No Reserve 1890 S Morgan Silver Dollar Bright AU RARE High Grade
$28.00
1838 Coronet Head Large Cent RARE COIN GREAT DETAILS
1838 Coronet Head Large Cent RARE COIN GREAT DETAILS
$12.54
1804 Liberty Draped Bust Half Cent Original Very Good RARE COIN 1055312
1804 Liberty Draped Bust Half Cent Original Very Good RARE COIN 1055312
$47.66
Rare 2 COIN LOT 1878 CC + 1890 S AU Morgan Silver Dollar Set 1 No Reserve
Rare 2 COIN LOT 1878 CC + 1890 S AU Morgan Silver Dollar Set 1 No Reserve
$131.11
1829 US Classic Head Half Cent 005c Full Liberty Rare Denomination
1829 US Classic Head Half Cent 005c Full Liberty Rare Denomination
$46.00
RARE Three 3 1923 S Buffalo Nickel 5 Cent US Coin Lot  5c Semi key Dates
RARE Three 3 1923 S Buffalo Nickel 5 Cent US Coin Lot 5c Semi key Dates
$7.54
RARE 1872 SHIELD NICKEL NO RAYS STRONG DATE + 1900 1902 INDIAN HEAD CENT PENNIES
RARE 1872 SHIELD NICKEL NO RAYS STRONG DATE + 1900 1902 INDIAN HEAD CENT PENNIES
$67.15
Indian Head Lot of 67 Vintage Rare Collection Good Condition
Indian Head Lot of 67 Vintage Rare Collection Good Condition
$26.00
1892 CC CARSON CITY KEY DATE MORGAN DOLLAR ICG EF 45 RARE COIN
1892 CC CARSON CITY KEY DATE MORGAN DOLLAR ICG EF 45 RARE COIN
$286.00
1908 D BARBER QUARTER HIGH GRADE AU ORIGINAL RARE COIN
1908 D BARBER QUARTER HIGH GRADE AU ORIGINAL RARE COIN
$102.50
1909 VDB WHEAT PENNY Old Antique USA American Cent KEY DATE Rare Old COIN
1909 VDB WHEAT PENNY Old Antique USA American Cent KEY DATE Rare Old COIN
$6.30
WHEAT PENNY ROLL WITH AN INDIAN HEAD CENT END 50 PENNIES LOT 709 MIX RARE COINS
WHEAT PENNY ROLL WITH AN INDIAN HEAD CENT END 50 PENNIES LOT 709 MIX RARE COINS
$6.50
1893 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE IRIDESCENT RAINBOW TONING
1893 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE IRIDESCENT RAINBOW TONING
$5,600.00
1959 Proof Franklin Half NGC PF 68 Bright  Rare NR
1959 Proof Franklin Half NGC PF 68 Bright Rare NR
$107.45
1890 O KEY DATE IN UNC MORGAN DOLLAR PCGS MS 65 CERTIFIED VERY RARE COIN
1890 O KEY DATE IN UNC MORGAN DOLLAR PCGS MS 65 CERTIFIED VERY RARE COIN
$1,300.00
2012S Silver Eagle 1 Coin MS69 First Releases Mint Sealed Box 9 Rare NR
2012S Silver Eagle 1 Coin MS69 First Releases Mint Sealed Box 9 Rare NR
$30.00
RARE DATE 1811 CLASSIC HEAD LARGE CENT THE COIN HAS FULL BOLD  LIBERTY
RARE DATE 1811 CLASSIC HEAD LARGE CENT THE COIN HAS FULL BOLD LIBERTY
$39.00
1872 Indian Head Cent Circulated Rare Key Date
1872 Indian Head Cent Circulated Rare Key Date
$480.02
1909 S VDB LINCOLN HEAD CENT KEY DATE PCGS AU 50 GREAT RARE ORIGINAL COIN
1909 S VDB LINCOLN HEAD CENT KEY DATE PCGS AU 50 GREAT RARE ORIGINAL COIN
$910.00
1865 Indian Head Cent Circulated Rare Key Date
1865 Indian Head Cent Circulated Rare Key Date
$10.49
1830 Capped Bust Silver Half Dollar US Coin Lettered Edge Rare  245
1830 Capped Bust Silver Half Dollar US Coin Lettered Edge Rare 245
$19.50
1909 S Lincoln Wheat Cent RARE
1909 S Lincoln Wheat Cent RARE
$66.25
1882 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR GEM BU MS+++++ STUNNER LARGE ESTATE COIN RARE
1882 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR GEM BU MS+++++ STUNNER LARGE ESTATE COIN RARE
$113.37
1911 S Lincoln Cent Rare Date NR
1911 S Lincoln Cent Rare Date NR
$16.52
1862 Seated Liberty Silver Half Dollar Rare Date Fine Details Low Mintage
1862 Seated Liberty Silver Half Dollar Rare Date Fine Details Low Mintage
$49.48
1878 S 2 1 2 Liberty Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle RARE
1878 S 2 1 2 Liberty Head Gold Coin Quarter Eagle RARE
$325.00
1885 P MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE HIGH GRADE US COIN
1885 P MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE HIGH GRADE US COIN
$44.40

Use this search tool, find Rare and Certified U.S. Coins:




EX Rare 3 Coins 1916 Mercury Dime 90 Silver + 2 Nazi 3rd Reich German US Lot,  RARE LOT 13 INDIAN HEADS 59 62 63 64 65 70 71 72 73 74 75 76,  1 No Reserve 1882 O Morgan Silver Dollar Bright AU RARE High Grade,  1 No Reserve 1890 S Morgan Silver Dollar Bright AU RARE High Grade,  1838 Coronet Head Large Cent RARE COIN GREAT DETAILS,  1804 Liberty Draped Bust Half Cent Original Very Good RARE COIN 1055312,  Rare 2 COIN LOT 1878 CC + 1890 S AU Morgan Silver Dollar Set 1 No Reserve,  1829 US Classic Head Half Cent 005c Full Liberty Rare Denomination,  RARE Three 3 1923 S Buffalo Nickel 5 Cent US Coin Lot 5c Semi key Dates,  1887 O Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated BU Mint State Rare Key Date MS US Coin,  RARE 1872 SHIELD NICKEL NO RAYS STRONG DATE + 1900 1902 INDIAN HEAD CENT PENNIES,  EX Rare E1 +A1 Nazi Coins 3rd Reich 1945 p War Nickel 35 Silver German US Lot,  Indian Head Lot of 67 Vintage Rare Collection Good Condition,  1892 CC CARSON CITY KEY DATE MORGAN DOLLAR ICG EF 45 RARE COIN,  1908 D BARBER QUARTER HIGH GRADE AU ORIGINAL RARE COIN,  1909 VDB WHEAT PENNY Old Antique USA American Cent KEY DATE Rare Old COIN,  WHEAT PENNY ROLL WITH AN INDIAN HEAD CENT END 50 PENNIES LOT 709 MIX RARE COINS,  1893 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE KEY DATE HIGH GRADE IRIDESCENT RAINBOW TONING,  1959 Proof Franklin Half NGC PF 68 Bright Rare NR,  1890 O KEY DATE IN UNC MORGAN DOLLAR PCGS MS 65 CERTIFIED VERY RARE COIN,  2012S Silver Eagle 1 Coin MS69 First Releases Mint Sealed Box 9 Rare NR,  RARE DATE 1811 CLASSIC HEAD LARGE CENT THE COIN HAS FULL BOLD LIBERTY,  1872 Indian Head Cent Circulated Rare Key Date,  1909 S VDB LINCOLN HEAD CENT KEY DATE PCGS AU 50 GREAT RARE ORIGINAL COIN,  1865 Indian Head Cent Circulated Rare Key Date,  1830 Capped Bust Silver Half Dollar US Coin Lettered Edge Rare 245,  1909 S Lincoln Wheat Cent RARE,  1882 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR GEM BU MS+++++ STUNNER LARGE ESTATE COIN RARE,  1911 S Lincoln Cent Rare Date NR,  1862 Seated Liberty Silver Half Dollar Rare Date Fine Details Low Mintage,  

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