Rare Coins

Rare Coins Definition: Technically, "rare" means very few examples are known (e.g. no more than 75 to earn that designation on the Sheldon Rarity Scale), but with these coins becoming not affordable for the general collection coins with much higher mintages are becoming "rare coin investments".
Rarity of the coin has a huge affect on rare coin value. There are some rare coins with a value of more than $1,000,000 and there are some common coins with the face value or little value.

Most of the time, the rare coins are the once, which can appreciate in value dramatically over some time and these are the once collectors seek the most. You can read more on the Value of Rare Coins on our Coin Values page.

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Rare Coins Prices


Rare coins prices depend on a lot of factors and we will discuss some of them here:

1) Coin Grading: Value of rare coins depends a lot on the coin grading. Usually, even a difference in 1 grade makes coins 2-3 times more expensive.

2) Mintage or how rare the coin is also affects the value. Coins minted in low mintages would have a better value in the series. Even if 2 coins look and grade identical and only differ in 1 year, the coin with the lower mintage for the year will have higher value.

3) Coin Market: - Demand and Supply for coins creating a coin market, where value of the coin would be influenced by a lot of political and economical factors. For ex: Some of the rare old coins from Eastern Europe would cost very little only, because there is a little demand and people can't afford to have the luxury of collecting coins. NOTE: We can see that this is changing now and some coins from Eastern Europe, especially Russian coins have a huge opportunity to increase in value and already started to become expensive even for serious investors.

4) Rare Silver Coins and Rare Gold Coins - There is an increasing demand in rare coins made from precious metals, such as silver and gold. The value of these rare coins grown dramatically in last years affected by increase in commodity prices and high demand. Refer to Silver Coins page and Gold Coins page for more information about rare silver coins, rare gold coins and rare gold coins value.

5) Error Coins - Some collectors specialize in so-called error coins. These are the coins that have been minted in error or with some unintended mistake in design. Prices of error coins vary considerably, and are based on denomination, date (if the date is visible), how significant the error, error type, how scarce the error is, and the dealer's demeanor.

NOTE: Be aware that values of error coins have been stable and steady over the decades. This is not an investment hobby, but an enjoyable and educational experience, and a good illustration of our imperfect world.

Please refer to the Coin Values page for more information about rare coin value and rare coin prices.

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This article by Eduardo De Resendes briefly summarizes the main advantages of investing in rare coins and offers some guidelines to prospective rare coin investors.

The following summarizes some of the main advantages of rare coin investments.

1) Rare coins have historically protected or preserved wealth as strong inflation fighters, particularly in countries whose paper currency has been severely weakened. Any time our paper money is threatened, rare coins can protect wealth much like an investment in gold bullion.

2) Rare coins are selling at steep discount to their 1980's highs and, given the cyclical nature of the rare coin market, may be poised for rapid price appreciation in the near future.

3) The beauty of rare coins can be enjoyed much like any other work of art. They are also a very private form of investment not subject to government scrutiny common to other types of investments held in banks and by brokerage houses.

4) Rare coins are easy to store and are virtually indestructible. They are also insurable. Rare coins represent truly portable wealth which can be moved from place to place very quickly and easily.

5) With thousands of coin dealers around, selling most quality rare coins is quite easy making them a fairly liquid investment.

If you are interested to collect rare coins, read more at A Companion to Rare Coin Collecting

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Rare Coins News
02/25/2017
These rare £2, 50p, 20p, 2p coins are worth hundreds - check your shrapnel now
It's time to look down the back of the sofa, search the pockets of your jeans and inspect the contents of your piggy bank, as you could have a small fortune of shrapnel sitting gathering dust. While everyone has been eagerly checking their new £5 notes to ... more info

02/23/2017
Rarest and most valuable coins in circulation revealed – do you have one in your spare change?
Now we reveal the rarest and most valuable £1, £2 and 50p coins that could be found in your spare change. There are a number of rare coins that are currently in circulation. The old style £1 coin has been in circulation since 1983 with over 1.5billion ... more info

02/24/2017
Rare coin collection going up for auction at Kimball Sterling, Inc.
Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Kimball Sterling, Inc., an auction company ... more info

02/23/2017
Lord Kitchener WW1 £2 coin: Is it really worth hundreds of pounds and what are the rarest £2 coins?
In the last few months, This is Money has received a number of reader letters and e-mails asking whether or not their coin is rare. One of the most common is the Lord Kitchener World War I £2 coin, which was minted in 2014. Readers have contacted us in ... more info

02/22/2017
337 Fresh Lots at David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction
Our Sunday Internet Auction #950 is now live with a great selection of 337 fresh, new coins, 65 No Reserve lots and 25 Vault Value items. All lots will begin closing at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, March 5. more info

02/25/2017
THIS is the most valuable coin in circulation — and it could make you a FORTUNE
Brits have been urged to spend their old £1 coins before the new 12-sided designs are introduced next month. And the hunt for the rare Jane Austen £5 continues, with one special fiver still out there to be found. A mystery woman gave her engraved fiver ... more info