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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.

1935 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 14506  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1935 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 14506 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$35.89
1935 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4360  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1935 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4360 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$35.00
1921 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 14478  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1921 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 14478 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$64.00
1926 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4576  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1926 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4576 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$26.00
1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14505  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14505 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$50.00
1937 MERCURY DIME COIN 4223 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1937 MERCURY DIME COIN 4223 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$8.02
pl rev 1879 s silver morgan rare ms+++ unc bu rev of 79
pl rev 1879 s silver morgan rare ms+++ unc bu rev of 79
$28.88
1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14477  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14477 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$49.00
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3603  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3603 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$29.57
1886 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14504  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1886 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14504 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$47.00
1945 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 4352  HI GRADE US MINTRARE
1945 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 4352 HI GRADE US MINTRARE
$12.00
1891 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14476  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1891 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14476 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$251.50
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4419 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4419 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$32.00
1894 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14503  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1894 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14503 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$47.00
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4039  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4039 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$27.00
1901 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14502  NICE COIN  US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1901 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14502 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$43.00
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4468  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4468 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$61.00
1935 MERCURY DIME COIN 4227 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1935 MERCURY DIME COIN 4227 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$12.00
1886 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4413 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1886 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4413 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$32.00
1896 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4002  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1896 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4002 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$28.00
1890 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4081  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1890 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4081 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$30.00
1883 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4352 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1883 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4352 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$28.50
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3589  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3589 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$30.00
1896 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4415 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1896 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4415 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$36.00
1878 REV79 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4599  HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1878 REV79 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4599 HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$66.00
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3780  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3780 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$30.00
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4092  HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
1878 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4092 HI GRADE US MINTRARE KEY DATE
$139.87
1922 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4110 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
1922 P BU GEM PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4110 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE
$24.50
1886 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3485  HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
1886 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3485 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE
$27.00
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4433 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4433 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE
$33.00

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




pl rev 1879 s silver morgan rare ms+++ unc bu rev of 79,  1892 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14505 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1935 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4360 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1935 S PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 14506 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1886 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14504 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1926 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4576 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1904 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14477 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1921 PEACE SILVER DOLLAR 14478 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1901 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14502 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4039 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1889 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 3603 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRA,  1922 P PEACE SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4386 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1945 D LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF DOLLAR COIN 4352 HI GRADE US MINTRARE,  1894 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14503 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  1921 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4419 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,   1 9 4 5 S ORIGINAL UNOPENED RARE A T BANK RED CENT ROLL ,  1896 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4002 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1897 O MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4468 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1942 BU GEM LIBERTY WALKING SILVER HALF COIN 4333 UNC MS+++ US MINTRARE,  1895 S RARE OLD MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR TAKE A LOOK ONE OF THE KEYS,  1891 CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 14476 NICE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE,  3 RARE OLD WHEAT CENT PENNIES 1909 1910 1911 C1,  1937 MERCURY DIME COIN 4223 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  1903 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR RARE No Reserve,  1983 US MINT SET BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED RARE,  1883 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4352 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1898 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4614 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE KEY DATE,  1886 BU GEM MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4413 UNC MS+++GENUINE US MINT RARE,  Rare Very Old Antique Vintage American Government WWII 1943 Collection Coin Lot,  1890 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR COIN 4081 HI GRADEGENUINE US MINTRARE,  

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