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Rarities Commanding Major Market Returns

February 9, 2015

     The current NumisMedia 500 is showing a lot of activity for better date coins, especially those with low populations for the grade. For example, the 1897 O Morgan Dollar in Prooflike is a very difficult coin to locate in all Mint State grades and there are only 33 coins total certified by PCGS and NGC in all uncirculated grades. The MS64 is the highest certified grade, that by NGC. In the past 30 days the MS61 has advanced over 40% from $1,025 Market to the current $1,450.

     Another coin that has jumped substantially in the last month is the exceptionally rare 1821 $5 Gold in MS63. This coin has only six total certified in Mint State with MS66 being the highest, one each by NGC and PCGS. There are no MS64 or MS65 coins at this time so the MS63 is nearly as good as it gets. We are not currently listing a value for the MS66, so when the MS63 advances from $195,000 Market to $250,000, it is a very reasonable assumption that the MS66 coin would command a rather dramatic price if offered into the marketplace. Below are some other coins that have advanced over the last month.

1863 $20 GoldMS63$53,25022.41%
1806 Bust Half DollarMS65$67,50017.39%
1903 O Morgan DollarMS66 P/L$2,85016.33%
1860 O $20 GoldXF40$27,25015.96%
1826 $5 GoldMS66$450,00015.38%
1868 Three Cents SilverMS64$2,85015.15%
1817/3 Bust Half DollarMS62$6,87515.06%
1853 Seated Half Arrows & RaysMS66$44,50014.84%

     There are also several Modern Rarities that have increased of late, one being the 1997 Platinum $25 in MS70; the Market has jumped to $2,450 which is up over 20%. Also on the rise is the 2008 Platinum $50 in MS70, now at $950, up 18.75%.

     The recent losses in the metals market has led to a soft coin market for average quality common date coins in the $2,500 and lower range. When Gold goes down the way it has in the last two weeks, it tends to restrict money flow for numismatic coins; buyers have less confidence in the market and they are inclined to bargain hunt for common date coins in all series. This is nothing new, it has been going on for at least the last year. However, there seems to be more declines showing up as sellers are now taking advantage of the discount shoppers. Gold is up slightly this morning at $1,239.50 and Silver is $17.05.

     In this week’s LD Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide there are numerous declines for common Lincoln Cents as many of the coins that have large populations are lower this week. A lot of dates from 1910 to 1927 are down in grades MS63 & MS64; however, there are increases for these same dates in MS65 and higher. The 1910 S in MS66 Red is up to $1,875 Market and the 1911 D in MS65 Red is higher at $1,175.

     Some of the more common Mercury Dimes in Full Bands are also suffering from discounted sales over the last few weeks.

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