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 £379 this week - do you have one of these rare pieces?
eBay is one of the best places to find rare coins, including this £2. The 2002 Gibraltar £2 coin was sold on the auction site on Sunday for £379. A bidding war broke out over the item, after 11 bidders made an attempt to get their hands on the coin. more info

Rare two pence coins from the '70s are being sold on eBay for up to £14,000 - but do YOU have any in your wallet?
The coin is one of a handful which has gone on sale on the website in recent weeks, with an asking price of thousands, as those lucky enough to have one of the rare coins seek to cash in. Produced between 1971 and 1981, the coins features the words 'new ... more info

Rare SILVER 2p coin that’s worth £40 – do you have one in your pocket?
IT'S hunting season for coin collectors. From the launch of the new "A-Z" British 10p coins, to the 2018 Beatrix Potter collection, it's fair to say that interest has never been higher, with collectors eager to get their hands on the new coins. But while ... 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

Christie's to auction rare watch once owned by Egyptian king
King Farouk, Egypt’s last king before a 1952 revolution overthrew the monarchy, was a collector of rare watches, a hobby inherited from his father, King Fuad. He owned Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin watches and also collected cars and coins. 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