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Lincoln Cent Registry Collectors Aggressive

May 22, 2017

     In this week’s Moderns Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide there are numerous increases in later date Lincoln Cents as Registry collectors are actively seeking specific high grade coins. The 1935 S MS67 Red is up to $875 Market and the 1953 MS67 Red is higher at $650. The latter may seem like a common date, but in high grade it is quite desirable to the advanced collector.

     The early Proof Lincoln Cents are all about the quality and the color. The 1909 VDB in PR65 Red has jumped to $32,500 over the past few weeks. The Proof VDB is always a very popular coin, and when a Red coin is available there are multiple competitive buyers. The 1916 in PR66 Red moved higher to $18,750....


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May 2017

Evaluating Rare $10 Liberty Gold

     How do you put a fixed value on a coin in a fluid market? The answer is simple; you can’t. Dealer buy and sell prices, auction prices realized, teletype sales, and bullion values for those coins that are considered generic and influenced by Gold, Silver, and Platinum can be used to determine current prices for U.S. coins. When we put a value on a coin it is from the best information available at the time.

     One of the easiest coins to evaluate is the MS65 1881 S Morgan Dollar. NumisMedia currently lists the FMV for the MS65 at $163. To illustrate our point of value we used the Heritage auction archive. They sold no less than ten MS65 coins at auction in the month of April; PCGS and NGC coins which brought anywhere from $104 to $199. The average appeared to be $129. But are these wholesale prices or retail, or somewhere in-between?

     Many years ago we would use dealer bid prices as a bottom value for the general population of coins. This worked well as long as dealers maintained their bids at appropriate levels for the true value of a coin; nowadays, not so much. Since so much of the coin market is based on sight seen trading, most dealers only put up competitive bids on the core 5% of the market that they know is easily traded within a small percentage of these levels, thus limiting their downside risk. What about the rest of the market and more importantly rare coins? Many of the bids dealers see on the teletype systems are a fraction of a coin’s true value. Below are several examples of coins where the highest visible bids are nowhere near the value of the coins....


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