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Some Rare Coin Prices Stabilizing

September 18, 2017

     With dealers and their customers focused on bullion related coins, extreme competitiveness has premiums dwindled down to practically nothing. This presents a great opportunity for buyers because the buy/sell spreads are so thin. Many dealers are shifting some of their attention back to collector coins since prices have drifted to their lowest levels in at least two years. We have seen a positive rebound in some areas as dealers have begun to sell specific coins to collectors.

     There has been a noticeable increase in trades with dealers looking for specific coins for their customers and Market prices have been affected with a substantial number of increases over the last few weeks. Mercury Dimes with Full Bands can be very difficult to find in the early mint marked dates, and especially difficult to find with solid eye appeal. The 1925 D in MS66 FB is up to $6,250 Market; there are only 42 coins certified in this grade with just ten grading higher. Another difficult date is the 1928 S in MS66 FB, now up to $3,275.

     Walking Liberty Halves remain an active series for better dates and grades. The 1916 in MS66 is up to $4,025 Market and the 1916 S in MS65 is higher at $5,950. The 1919 in MS67 is now at $29,250; there are only five coins certified in this grade with none higher. The 1919 S in MS65 has climbed to $20,750 despite there being 57 coins certified in this grade. This is a tough coin to find with a solid strike.

     Barber Half Dollars are a popular collector series but have fallen in value over the last several months. In many cases, the coins we see trading at discounts are original toned coins in MS63 and higher. Like many series, toned coins fall in and out of favor according to cycles. However, if you want nice original coins, now may be the time to look into Barber Halves. The 1893 in MS66 is down to $3,450 Market and the 1893 O in MS66 is lower at $10,250; the 1893 O has just seven coins certified in this grade with none higher.

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