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
04/24/2018
Rare coins you could find in your change - the most valuable £1, £2, 50p and 20p coins out there
Is there a fortune in your spare change, or hiding down the back of the sofa? Remember that 20p coin without the date on that was selling for hundreds of pounds? Or the 2p coin that is still selling for a small fortune? Every now and again there’s a ... more info

04/24/2018
Everyone Thought This Coin From the California Gold Rush Was Fake, But It's Actually Worth Millions
Coin dealers thought it was a forgery too, insisting that there’s no way he could have had a rare 1854 piece like that. But he brought it to the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), a Florida-based company that does third-party authentication of coins ... more info

04/23/2018
Album auction offers rare 1904 gold so-called dollar medal
One of two examples reported of a gold so-called dollar medal related to the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition highlights Stephen Album Rare Coins’ May 17 to 19 auction. Medal images courtesy of Stephen Album Rare Coins. Thomas Jefferson may have bought ... more info

04/24/2018
In largest ever Regency Auction, Legend Rare Coin Auctions to present many important coins
(April 20, 2018, Lincroft, NJ) — Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 26th Regency Auction will be the firm’s largest and most impressive auction yet. The official auction for the May 2018 PCGS Member’s Show at Harrah’s in New Orleans will take place on ... more info

04/19/2018
Coin, believed to be fake, is actually real and worth millions
A third owned by industrialist Willis DuPont has not been seen since it was stolen in 1967. The rare coin inspected by NGC is not the long-lost DuPoint coin, according to NGC President Rick Montgomery, who said markings shown on that coin in photographs ... more info

04/24/2018
"Fake" Gold Coin Is Actually Worth Millions, According to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
SARASOTA, Fla., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A small gold coin, mistakenly believed by its New England owner to be a fake, has been authenticated by rare coin experts as only the fourth known example of a $5 denomination coin struck at the San Francisco ... more info