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Lower Grade Common Date Gold Declining

August 3, 2015

     With Gold down over $200 in the last year, dealers have shifted much of their focus into modern bullion coins and are reporting a surge in sales. That is not to say that these dealers are abandoning rare coins. They are just following current market demand and, at the same time, gaining some new customers that can potentially be future rare coin collectors.

     Gold is currently at $1,086.20 and Silver is $14.46; Platinum is lower at $957. Demand is on the rise for Proof Silver Eagles in the OGP, now at $46. The premiums for one ounce Proof Gold Eagles remain steady with wholesale trading at $1,315 per ounce.

     There are a few areas of the market, especially for many post-1900 series, that have slipped over the last couple of years. Some look like they may have hit a bottom and it could be the right time for collectors to jump back into the market. The graph below shows the recent FMV price history for the most common dates within the Walking Liberty Half Dollar series in grades MS65-MS67.

Type Walking Liberty Half Dollars MS65-MS66-MS67

     The Walking Liberty Half Dollar is one of the most beautifully designed coins ever minted and is always a collector favorite. As you can see from the graph above, all three grades of MS65, MS66 & MS67 are down since January 2010. In fact, the MS65 is down 12% since the first of this year. In January 2010, the FMV for the MS65 was at $135 and now is down to $110. The MS66 has lost a considerable amount since 2010 with the FMV dropping from $238 down to the current $175. The MS67 was at $810 in 2010 and now it is just $660. Can these Walkers really drop any further?

     Most of the adjustments in this week’s HD Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide occur in U.S. Gold, especially in the higher denominations of $10s and $20s. Lower Market prices can be found for most of the common date gold coins in all grades from Good through MS63; dealers have been reluctant to lower their sell prices on the grades above MS63. The higher grades appear to be steady at current levels.

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