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.


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

Rare Coins News
eBay: £2 coin sold for £175 - do you have one of these rare two pound coins?
A very rare £2 coin has been put up for sale on eBay, and sold straight away for £175. The sought after coin was in high demand on the sight, with lots of collectors making a bid on the piece- but why? The coin was the very first version of the £2 coin ... more info

Collectors share the histories behind rare coins at Springfield trade show
Whether a modern quarter displaying a U.S. national park or a rare, hand-hammered Greek denarius dating back to 250 A.D., history is woven throughout the process and story of all coins, tokens and currencies, according to Monte Mensing, president of the ... more info

Rare Paper Money Collection Worth $30 Million to Be Auctioned
Additionally, the prices for coins are far higher than than that of paper. A rare coin, according to Treglia, could set you back $30 million, but the most paid at the upper end of the of the U.S. currency market is $3.29 million for 1890 treasury note with ... more info

Do you have this rare Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin selling for £140?
A rare 50p coin celebrating the life and work of English scientist Sir Isaac Newton is selling for £140 on eBay. The anonymous seller – listed as c-t7 – from St Albans in Hertfordshire, has posted an advert for several of the coins complete with ... more info

5 rare coin collections and scooter stolen in two break-ins
SEVERAL rare coin collections have been stolen from a Hervey Bay home. Offenders forced entry through a rear screen door of a Scarness property some time between 6.30am and 4pm on March 21. Police can confirm five rare coin collections worth about $1000 ... more info

How many more of this rare overdate are just waiting to be found?
That coin, graded PCGS Very Fine Details, Tooled, went unsold. In the Feb. 22 auction, a PCGS Very Fine 35 1794 Flowing Hair dollar provided solid evidence that problem-free rare coins of long-established rarity and desirability continue to be in hot ... more info