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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.

48 RARE Lot of Every Silver Jefferson Nickels
48 RARE Lot of Every Silver Jefferson Nickels
$41.24
1902 Morgan Dollar Silver Coin Rare 43
1902 Morgan Dollar Silver Coin Rare 43
$16.50
1921 KEY LOW MINT PEACE LIBERTY SILVER DOLLAR RARE COIN 1ST YEAR SERIES
1921 KEY LOW MINT PEACE LIBERTY SILVER DOLLAR RARE COIN 1ST YEAR SERIES
$84.55
1872 P Seated Liberty One Dollar Raw and Ungraded Rare and Collectible
1872 P Seated Liberty One Dollar Raw and Ungraded Rare and Collectible
$241.50
1857 1C Flying Eagle Cent XF RARE Penny
1857 1C Flying Eagle Cent XF RARE Penny
$157.51
1921p Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 2 AU
1921p Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 2 AU
$21.55
1921s Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 2 AU
1921s Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 2 AU
$21.65
1921d Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 2
1921d Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 2
$21.50
1983US Coin Proof Set5 Coin SetKennedy HalfBirth YearGiftRareFreeShip574
1983US Coin Proof Set5 Coin SetKennedy HalfBirth YearGiftRareFreeShip574
$4.25
1921s Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 4
1921s Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 4
$21.05
1921s Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 5
1921s Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 5
$21.57
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 15
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 15
$22.05
1921p Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 21 AU
1921p Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 21 AU
$22.00
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 4
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 4
$22.05
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 8
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 8
$21.05
Rare 1926 Independence Sesquicentennial US Early Commemorative Half Dollar 092
Rare 1926 Independence Sesquicentennial US Early Commemorative Half Dollar 092
$43.00
Rare Last Year Issue 1909 Indian Head Cent High Red Book Value 380
Rare Last Year Issue 1909 Indian Head Cent High Red Book Value 380
$3.00
RARE MS 65 1885 O Morgan Silver Dollar Graded By ICG Choice Unc 440
RARE MS 65 1885 O Morgan Silver Dollar Graded By ICG Choice Unc 440
$81.00
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 14
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 14
$21.05
Early 1877 S Seated Liberty Half Dollar Rare Type US Coin Silver 90 311
Early 1877 S Seated Liberty Half Dollar Rare Type US Coin Silver 90 311
$25.39
COLD WAR Rare Old Russian Star Vintage CCCP Note Coin Collection Russia Money
COLD WAR Rare Old Russian Star Vintage CCCP Note Coin Collection Russia Money
$6.00
Rare Last Year Issue 1909 Indian Head Cent High Red Book Value 381
Rare Last Year Issue 1909 Indian Head Cent High Red Book Value 381
$4.14
Rare 1832 BUST Half Dollar Great Detail United States Type Coin 859
Rare 1832 BUST Half Dollar Great Detail United States Type Coin 859
$43.88
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 23
1921p MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 23
$14.00
1921p High grade Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 11
1921p High grade Morgan Silver Dollar Rare US Mint Silver Coin 11
$13.01
1901 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR US MINT RARE KEY DATE No Reserve
1901 S MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR US MINT RARE KEY DATE No Reserve
$20.50
Rare Very Old WWII US Collection Collectible Steel War USA Penny Coin Lot
Rare Very Old WWII US Collection Collectible Steel War USA Penny Coin Lot
$7.00
RARE NGC MS 66 1946 Washington Silver Quarter NGC Graded Choice Unc 983
RARE NGC MS 66 1946 Washington Silver Quarter NGC Graded Choice Unc 983
$20.31
Rare 1884 CC Morgan Silver Dollar CARSON City GSA Hoard 666
Rare 1884 CC Morgan Silver Dollar CARSON City GSA Hoard 666
$176.49
1885o MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 12
1885o MS+ Morgan Silver Dollar Uncirculated Rare US Mint Silver Coin 12
$27.00

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




48 RARE Lot of Every Silver Jefferson Nickels,  1954 US SILVER DOUBLE MINT SET RARE RARE,  1958 US SILVER DOUBLE MINT SET RARE RARE,  1892 THREE IT ALVORD CARDBOARD TOKENS of VIEW UTAH 5 10 50 RARE,  1825 4 2 B1 R5 Capped Bust quarter PCGS F15 rare variety DavidKahnRareCoins,  1916 D Mercury Dime Beautiful Coin Very Rare Date,  1913 S Barber Quarter Beautiful Coin Very Rare Date,  1934 Texas Centennial Classic Silver Commemorative Half Dollar Coin RARE 50C,  RARE 1916 D SILVER MERCURY DIME GRADES GOOD,  1912 S Liberty V Nickel Beautiful Coin Rare Date,  Rare Old Vintage Russian CCCP COLD WAR Collection Coin Note 20 Lot FREE US SHIP,  RARE 1921 D SILVER MERCURY DIME GRADES GOOD,  RARE LOT OF 8 NICKEL ERRORS HUGE CURVED STRAIGHT RAGGED CLIP SINTERED PLANCHET,  VERY RARE 1913S TYPE 2 BUFFALO NICKEL FREE SHIPPING RN1629,  Super Rare 1970 S 1C PCGS PR69RD CAM SMALL DATE Extremely low pop top in cam,  RARE LOT OF 6 LINCOLN CENTS CUD RAGGED CLIP BLANK DIE CAP UNPLATED 1985 D,  RARE BUNDLE 10 Mercury Dimes from 1910s Various Mints 90 Silver 417,  Ultra Rare 1970 S 1C PCGS PR69RD SMALL DATE Extremely low POP 8 top grade,  1858 C 5 Gold Half Eagle Rare Type 2 C Over E Variety Charlotte,  1955 US MINT PROOF SET IN White CAPITAL HOLDER RARE Nice Toning No Reserve,  SUPER RARE HUGE RAGGED END OF STRIP CLIP MERCURY 10c ONE OF LARGEST KNOWN,  1857 1C Flying Eagle Cent XF RARE Penny,  1907 SAINT GAUDENS HI RELIEF WIRE RIM GOLD 20 NEARLY UNCIRCULATED VERY RARE,  1909 S IN MINT STATE CONDITION RARE,  1937s Washington silver quarter in FINE + conditionRARE DATE FREE SHIPPING,  RARE LOT OF 6 JEFFERSON NICKELS OFF CENTER RAGGED CLIP HUGE BROADSTRIKE BLANK,  1877 INDIAN HEAD PENNY VERY RARE WELL WORN KEY DATE 2 SERIES CHECK D STORE 4MORE,  RARE LOT OF 6 JEFFERSON NICKELS CUD CLIP BLANK DIE CAP SINTERED ERROR 2 HEADED,  2 Roll of 40 Buffalo Liberty V Nickels Shield 5c are rare Lot 21,  1921 Mercury Dime Very Rare Key Date Ungraded Silver Coin,  

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