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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.

1927 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9537 GENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1927 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9537 GENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$30.00
1942 D MERCURY DIME COIN 5193 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1942 D MERCURY DIME COIN 5193 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$9.27
Morgan Silver Dollar 1891 P Ch Gem BU Frosty White From Original Roll Rare Date
Morgan Silver Dollar 1891 P Ch Gem BU Frosty White From Original Roll Rare Date
$57.00
Morgan Silver Dollar 1891 P UNC Rare Date Nice Luster
Morgan Silver Dollar 1891 P UNC Rare Date Nice Luster
$43.00
1925 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8838 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1925 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8838 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$23.50
1890 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9314  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1890 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9314 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$31.00
1896 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9508 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1896 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9508 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$41.00
1878 REV79 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8630  HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1878 REV79 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8630 HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$40.00
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9235  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9235 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$27.00
OLD US COINS RARE 1881 OBSOLETE THREE CENT NICKEL 3c PIECE FULL PILLAR LINES
OLD US COINS RARE 1881 OBSOLETE THREE CENT NICKEL 3c PIECE FULL PILLAR LINES
$20.50
1939 MERCURY DIME COIN 5246 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1939 MERCURY DIME COIN 5246 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$13.27
Morgan Silver Dollar 1903 P Ch Gem Bu Rare date MS++++++ Beauty Nice Luster
Morgan Silver Dollar 1903 P Ch Gem Bu Rare date MS++++++ Beauty Nice Luster
$73.12
1940 BU GEM LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF  COIN 5243  UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1940 BU GEM LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF COIN 5243 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$25.00
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9030 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9030 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$22.50
1911 D Quarter Eagle 25 Gold Indian Coveted RARE Key Date Choice UNC++ BU
1911 D Quarter Eagle 25 Gold Indian Coveted RARE Key Date Choice UNC++ BU
$1,337.00
1896 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9311  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1896 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9311 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$28.06
1935 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8998  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1935 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8998 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$36.00
1900 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9304  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1900 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9304 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$31.00
1901 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR  RARE KEY DATE
1901 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE KEY DATE
$21.61
1886 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9236  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1886 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9236 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$27.56
1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8129  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8129 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$28.01
1880 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9399  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1880 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9399 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$34.00
1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9293 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9293 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$39.00
1889 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9369 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1889 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9369 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$33.00
1884 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9298  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1884 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9298 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$28.06
1891 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9359  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1891 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9359 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$26.00
1921 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9539  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1921 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9539 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$157.55
1887 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9384  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1887 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9384 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$34.00
1881 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9435  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1881 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9435 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$26.01
1883 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 5427 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1883 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 5427 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$26.00

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1927 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9537 GENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1924 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8971 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE,  1925 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8838 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE,  1940 BU GEM LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF COIN 5243 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE,  1896 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9311 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  OLD US COINS RARE 1881 OBSOLETE THREE CENT NICKEL 3c PIECE FULL PILLAR LINES,  1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9030 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  1878 REV79 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8630 HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9235 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1890 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9314 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1896 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9508 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  1942 D MERCURY DIME COIN 5193 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1939 MERCURY DIME COIN 5246 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1935 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8998 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1911 D Quarter Eagle 25 Gold Indian Coveted RARE Key Date Choice UNC++ BU,  1886 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9236 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  Morgan Silver Dollar 1891 P UNC Rare Date Nice Luster,  1887 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8129 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1900 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9304 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1889 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9369 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  1887 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9384 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1891 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9359 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1884 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9298 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1881 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9435 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1880 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9399 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1877 Indian Penny Head Penny Highly Collectible RARE Key Date Scarce Choice AU+,  1883 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 5427 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  Morgan Silver Dollar 1903 P Ch Gem Bu Rare date MS++++++ Beauty Nice Luster,  1890 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 9293 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1878 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 8357 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  

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