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NumisMedia Weekly Market Report


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United States Rare Coin Market




December 29, 2008

Premiums Firm for Modern Gold and Platinum


     The Modern issue market has been the least active over the last few weeks. This week’s Moderns Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide shows sporadic declines within Lincoln Cents, Jefferson Nickels, Roosevelt Dimes, and Washington Quarters, both in Mint State and Proof. High grade Proof Roosevelt Dimes and Washington Quarters, with high populations have declined as well. There seems to be more of an emphasis on selling lately than buying which is the main cause of these decreases. We have also noted several declines in Ike Dollars; for example, the 1973 P and 1974 P & D in MS65 fell about 10% wholesale.

     There are some exceptions to this downturn. Highest grade Lincoln Cents contain a considerable number of increases due to the availability of coins entering the market. These highest grades are still in demand by Registry collectors and prices realized can be well in advance of current levels. Numerous MS67 and MS68 dates rose depending on the total populations within these grades. The 1934 Red in MS68 jumped to $6,350 Market; the 1937 D Red, also MS68 increased to $7,500. The 1939 D and 1940, both in Red MS68 also advanced this week. We are continuing to find strength for early Proof Lincoln Cents. These are always popular and seem to bring premiums to current Market prices when they are offered for sale. The 1909 in Red and Brown and Red moved higher in grades above PR64.

     Gold and Platinum modern issues are still attracting much of the public attention. Premiums remain higher than normal and advances can be seen throughout the charts for Eagles, $5 & $10 Modern Commemoratives, and Buffalo Gold. Supplies continue to be considerably less than current demand. Until this changes, the premiums will probably remain status quo.





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