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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.

1896 O 1 Morgan Silver Dollar US mint 90  Gorgeous Coin RARE
1896 O 1 Morgan Silver Dollar US mint 90 Gorgeous Coin RARE
$26.00
1883 O Morgan Silver Dollar KEY DATE RARE Silver Coin NO RESERVE
1883 O Morgan Silver Dollar KEY DATE RARE Silver Coin NO RESERVE
$21.35
1900 P Morgan Silver Dollar High Grade Rare
1900 P Morgan Silver Dollar High Grade Rare
$29.00
1924 D BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW TONE RARE ROTATED REVERSE UNC+++ MERCURY DIME
1924 D BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW TONE RARE ROTATED REVERSE UNC+++ MERCURY DIME
$127.10
OLD ROLL LINCOLN WHEAT CENT PENNY 1909 VDB BLANK PLANCHET END COINS RARE++
OLD ROLL LINCOLN WHEAT CENT PENNY 1909 VDB BLANK PLANCHET END COINS RARE++
$141.50
Rare Very Old WWII US Coin Collection Steel Penny USA WW2 Vintage War Money Lot
Rare Very Old WWII US Coin Collection Steel Penny USA WW2 Vintage War Money Lot
$4.79
5c Semi Key 1931 S Buffalo Nickel Rare SHARP Horn 987
5c Semi Key 1931 S Buffalo Nickel Rare SHARP Horn 987
$12.50
1883S MORGAN DOLLAR GREAT DMPL PL RARE COIN BU+++ A TRUE COLLECTORS COIN
1883S MORGAN DOLLAR GREAT DMPL PL RARE COIN BU+++ A TRUE COLLECTORS COIN
$1,040.25
Rare Old CCCP Red Star Army Russia Lenin Civil Pin COLD WAR Coin Collection Lot
Rare Old CCCP Red Star Army Russia Lenin Civil Pin COLD WAR Coin Collection Lot
$10.50
 NO RESERVE 1897 O RARE SEMI KEY DATE MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR
NO RESERVE 1897 O RARE SEMI KEY DATE MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR
$22.72
1872 Indian Head Penny PCGS VF30 Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1872 Indian Head Penny PCGS VF30 Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$339.88
1877 Indian Head Penny Beautiful Coin Very Rare Date
1877 Indian Head Penny Beautiful Coin Very Rare Date
$293.00
1914 D Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1914 D Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$127.50
1879 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful Coin Rare Date Lot A
1879 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful Coin Rare Date Lot A
$137.38
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 85255  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 85255 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$25.78
MORGAN DOLLAR 1882P PROOF SUPER RARE PROOF AMAZING EYE APPEAL REAL KEEPER
MORGAN DOLLAR 1882P PROOF SUPER RARE PROOF AMAZING EYE APPEAL REAL KEEPER
$833.00
1940 P OBW Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Roll Nice Uncirculated Roll Rare Find NR
1940 P OBW Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Roll Nice Uncirculated Roll Rare Find NR
$80.00
1883 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
1883 CC Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
$98.75
1880 O RARE MICRO O O FULL BREAST FEATHERS UNC++++ MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR
1880 O RARE MICRO O O FULL BREAST FEATHERS UNC++++ MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR
$180.00
1884 S Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
1884 S Morgan Silver Dollar Beautiful High Grade Coin Rare Date
$73.00
Mystery OBW Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Roll MS BU Unc Both Reverse Ends Rare
Mystery OBW Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Roll MS BU Unc Both Reverse Ends Rare
$32.00
1874 Indian Head Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1874 Indian Head Penny Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$8.53
1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 85273 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1878 S BU UNC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 85273 MS++ COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$32.78
1921 D Mercury Dime Beautiful Coin Rare Date Lot A
1921 D Mercury Dime Beautiful Coin Rare Date Lot A
$32.00
RARE 1934 S 1 Peace Silver Dollar S Mint VAM 3 Doubled Tiara A3027
RARE 1934 S 1 Peace Silver Dollar S Mint VAM 3 Doubled Tiara A3027
$24.03
1895 O VERY RARE KEY DATE CHOICE+++ MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR
1895 O VERY RARE KEY DATE CHOICE+++ MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR
$798.00
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 85258  HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
1885 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR 85258 HIGH GRADE COIN US MINT RARE KEY DATE ESTATE
$25.05
1955 55 1C Lincoln Cent Doubled Die Obverse DDO 1 Error AU+ Near UNC 1955 Rare
1955 55 1C Lincoln Cent Doubled Die Obverse DDO 1 Error AU+ Near UNC 1955 Rare
$876.00
1894 Liberty V Nickel Beautiful Coin Rare Date
1894 Liberty V Nickel Beautiful Coin Rare Date
$11.50
1857 1C Flying Eagle Cent Choice Looking Beauty w Uncirculated Details Rare
1857 1C Flying Eagle Cent Choice Looking Beauty w Uncirculated Details Rare
$170.00

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