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High Grade Mint Marked Lincoln Cents Advancing

October 23, 2017

     Many key and semi-key dates have drifted lower over the last couple of years mostly due to the lack of new collectors entering the coin market. There are so many coins available that buyers can be very selective; the 1932 D and S Washington Quarters in Good through Very Fine and the 1938 D Walking Liberty Half Dollar in the same grades are good examples. However, this may be a good opportunity for dealers, who cater to the new collector, to stock up on this type of material, when the prices are most reasonable and deals can be made.

     The metals can best be described as moving sideways of late; basically down a little, then up some. This can be good for both buyers and sellers as stability calms an unsteady market. However, this is not what the market is used to and most analysts are waiting for a sign for the next significant trend. Currently, Gold is $1,281.40 and Silver is $17.05.

     Better date Lincoln Cents continue to attract buyers, especially if they are nice, problem-free coins at a fair price. Red and Brown and Red coins are very popular, especially when they are early San Francisco or Denver coins. This week the 1912 S in MS65 Red is higher at $1,450 Market; the MS66 is currently at $10,250.

1912 S Lincoln Cent MS66 Red PCGS CAC

1912 S Lincoln Cent MS66 Red PCGS CAC sold for $14,100 at the Heritage Auctions Central States U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Schaumburg, Illinois, April 26-30, 2017

     The 1913 S Lincoln Cent in MS65 Red is now at $2,800 Market with the MS66 at $31,250. The MS66 shows a population of just two PCGS coins, yet the MS65, at less than 10% of the MS66, still may be underpriced.

     The 1919 D Lincoln Cent is another date that has a major spread between grades; the MS66 Red and MS67. With only two coins certified in MS67 the Market value is $32,500. The MS66 jumped this past week to $5,250.

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