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Better Date $25 Gold Eagles Climb Higher

April 14, 2014

     Once again Gold is surging ahead; over the last few months it has swung like a pendulum, pushed by events in the economy. It is back well over the $1,300 mark, now at $1,327 in morning trading. With these ups and downs it gives the everyday trader many opportunities to take profits while those in it for the long haul remain optimistic that today’s levels are quite reasonable compared to the future when it could skyrocket. As for now, this week’s Moderns Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide shows mixed results over the last few weeks. Gold is lower since the last printing but Platinum is higher so there are numerous changes in the Modern Eagles chart.

     While most Gold Eagles are lower in the chart there are some encouraging advances. The low mintage $25 Gold Eagles continue to not only increase in value but the number of dealers who offer to purchase them is on the rise also. This is a very competitive market and in some cases the Market price is somewhat flexible as buyers know they need to outbid their fellow dealers for available coins. Below is a list of the new Market prices for some of these better dates.

DateGradeCurrent Market
1986 $25 Gold EagleMS69$780
1987 $25 Gold EagleMS69$1,125
1988 $25 Gold EagleMS69$1,700
1989 $25 Gold EagleMS69$1,750
1990 $25 Gold EagleMS69$2,050
1991 $25 Gold EagleMS69$3,100
1992 $25 Gold EagleMS69$1,275
1995 $25 Gold EagleMS69$1,400
1996 $25 Gold EagleMS69$1,450
2001 $25 Gold EagleMS69$1,250

     A chart follows for the 1991 $25 Gold Eagle showing its progress since January 2012 when it was $2,250. Gold bullion was $1,600 an ounce at that time; with lower Gold today the Market price has increased almost 40%.

1991 $25 Gold Eagle showing its progress since January 2012 when it was $2,250

     Over the last several months much of the trading on the Teletypes has been concentrated on bullion related material. Lately, we have noted an increase in the amount of offers to buy and sell rare coins prior to 1930. This would indicate that collectors and investors are requesting these coins from participating dealers. Seated coins, especially better date Quarters and Halves from 1878 to 1890 are easy to sell and the circulated grades are tougher to locate than many of the Mint State coins.

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