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
06/19/2018
SS Central America treasure includes rare world gold coins
The wreck of the SS Central America includes a surprising number of world gold coins, like the finest known 1855-S sovereign from Australia. Images courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service. A shipwreck in American waters well known for containing ... more info

06/16/2018
Rare coins and medals from Hawaii will be part of Holabird's June 22-26 mega-auction in Reno
Separate email addresses with commas. You may provide up to 30 emails at a time. RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections’ upcoming five-day auction, June 22-26 – officially titled June Treasures from Pacific Shores – is loaded with ... more info

06/18/2018
Rare Coins From All Over the World: Sincona Auction Review
Sincona’s auction 46 was all about gold – and gold has captivated people since the beginning of time. Lot 13: Australia, Sovereign 1861. Estimate: 800 CHF / Price realized: 2,500 CHF (excl. premium). The numismatic journey began in Australia where we ... more info

06/18/2018
How a Few Nickels Grew Into a Multi-Million Dollar Coin Collection
Morton-Smith’s father began an investigation into the coin’s origins. What he found inspired him to keep hunting for more rare monetary units; the result is one of the most significant numismatic collections in the U.S. “My dad had a thing for ... more info

06/11/2018
Singapore Postcard: Summit adds value to North Korea's coins
In this Monday, June 11, 2018, photo, rare coin dealer Joseph Poh displays two North Korean coins depicting its rockets program in Singapore. Stamped with images of “Eternal President” Kim Il Sung, national monuments or ballistic missiles, coins minted ... more info

06/19/2018
Rare Paddington Bear 50p coin has been launched - and one has already sold on Ebay for £16,000
A new, rare 50p coin featuring everyone's favourite bear has launched - and one has already sold on Ebay for £16,000. The Royal Mint has unveiled a new Paddington Bear fifty pence piece and one or two have already sold for a pretty penny. The new coins ... more info