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
05/28/2017
The error on this rare £2 coin means it's worth a small fortune
If you've managed to find one of the rare coins in your stash, it is advised that you get it valued by a coin collector or expert, before placing it on eBay.co.uk or selling it elsewhere. The Royal Numismatic Society is the UK’s foremost society for ... more info

05/27/2017
Rare £2, 50p, 20p and 2p coins you really should check your shrapnel for
Have good look at all your change - and 50p, 20p, 2p and £2 coins in particular - because they could worth a pretty penny. It's not just new £5 notes that could make you serious amounts, plenty of the coinage that has been circulating for years has ... more info

05/15/2017
Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XXI Sale: Lots You Need to Know
Legend Rare Coin Auctions offered Part I of mega-collector Bob R. Simpson’s collection of Standard Silver Patterns. No collector has ever acquired a complete set – there are several unique pieces, and a quite few more that are exceedingly rare. more info

05/25/2017
THE TOP FIVE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COIN COLLECTING
Coin collecting raises a lot of questions and concerns for many, especially beginners. Here are some general answers to the top five most frequently asked questions our staff at Bellevue Rare Coins have been asked. 1.What Makes A Coin Valuable? Simply put ... more info

05/20/2017
Rare coin donated to Indiana church sells for big bucks at Chicago auction
WHAT: A rare 1866 proof Liberty Head double eagle gold coin donated to a church in Valparaiso, Ind., brought riches to the congregation after it was consigned to Heritage Auctions. Available in person at a Chicago-area auction and online, the coin, one of ... more info

05/26/2017
Small Business: Coin company knows the value of its customers
Fort Worth Coin recently moved to the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Norwood Street after serving customers at a West Seventh Street location for 44 years. In addition to buying and selling rare coins and the products that accommodate collecting them ... more info