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
01/20/2017
Cool Coins! 2017 Episode 1 – Over a Million Dollars in Rare Coins – 4K Video
Oops! No results, try changing your search! Cool Coins! kicks off 2017 with this "million dollar" episode, featuring WINGS Co-President Lance Tchor and his 1952 Peru 100 Soles gold coin with deep mirror Prooflike surfaces in an NGC MS67 holder; error coin ... more info

01/17/2017
Newly-discovered rare £2 coin with the Queen’s head upside down – do you have one in your pocket?
A SMALL number of 2015 Britannia £2 coins showing the Queen’s head upside down are in circulation, and they could be worth a small fortune. Just 1 in around 200 of the coins show the Queen’s head rotated clockwise by around 150 degrees, making it ... more info

01/20/2017
Rare dollar in Stack’s Bowers sale
The Professional Coin Grading Service grades it AU-58 ... Nine different varieties of silver Gobrecht dollars to be featured include the rarest of the rare, 1836 Judd-65, 1838 Judd-88, and 1839 Judd-108. more info

01/19/2017
Rare £2 coin now worth small fortune due to glaring error - here's how to check if you've got one
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

01/07/2017
Exhibition displays rare coins from the Maratha dynesty
NASHIK: Teachers often struggle to make history interesting, but being surrounded by coins that are over 300 years-old make almost anyone a history buff. Rare Fair Exhibition has become a beloved fixture in Nashik's annual calander. The three-day ... more info

01/19/2017
Rare £2 piece is the latest coin that could make you hundreds of pounds
This rare £2 coin could mean you are sitting with a small fortune in your purse or wallet. The newly discovered error has been discovered on thousands of coins in circulation and could make them highly valuable to collectors. Coin experts have revealed ... more info