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Is the Rare Coin Market Cycling Upward?

August 15, 2016

     With two major official auctions at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, one hosted by Heritage Auctions and the other by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, there were some terrific rarities that found new homes. One of the featured coins in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Rarities Sale was an 1860 $20 Gold Liberty graded PCGS MS65 that included the CAC approval. It is the single highest graded coin for this date. We previously listed a Market price of $65,000; it realized a phenomenal $141,000.

1860 $20 Gold Liberty PCGS MS65 CAC

1860 $20 Gold Liberty PCGS MS65 CAC sold for $141,000 at the Stack's Bowers Galleries ANA World’s Fair of Money Official Auction in Anaheim, California, July 9-12 2016

     Also available was the always popular $4 Gold Stella Flowing Hair, this one certified as PCGS PR63 and sold for $146,875. This final price was only a small premium above our previous Market price. Below are a few other highlights from this sale.

1793 Chain Cent AMERI.PCGS F12$25,850
1918/7 D Buffalo NickelPCGS MS64+ CAC$111,625
1796 Draped Bust QuarterNGC MS63$105,750
1795 Flowing Hair Half Two LeavesPCGS MS63+$129,250
1875 $2 ½ GoldPCGS PR65 CAC$135,125
1798/7 $10 Gold Capped Bust 7x6 StarsPCGS AU58$352,500
1912 $20 Gold Saint GaudensPCGS PR65 CAC$188,000

     Heritage Auctions had a superb offering of rarities in their Platinum Night Sale that included a 1792 Birch Cent in NGC MS61 Brown. This is one of only two known coins and it brought $517,000.

     Another extreme rarity that sold was the 1792 Silver Center Cent certified by PCGS as SP35 with the CAC sticker; this one realized $352,500. The following list contains some of the many highlights of this sale.

1792 Silver Center Cent PCGS SP35 CAC

1792 Silver Center Cent PCGS SP35 CAC sold for $352,500 at the Heritage Auctions ANA World's Fair of Money U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Anaheim, California, July 10-14, 2016

1880 Shield NickelPCGS MS63$23,500
1794 Flowing Hair Half DimePCGS MS65+ CAC$61,688
1796 Draped Bust QuarterPCGS AU55$54,050
1918/7 S Standing Liberty QuarterNGC MS67$105,750
1921 S Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS64 CAC$70,500
1796 $2 ½ Gold No StarsPCGS AU53$102,813
1880 $4 Gold Flowing HairNGC PR65$352,500
1797 $10 Gold Small EaglePCGS MS61$258,500
1907 $10 Gold Indian Rolled RimNGC MS66+ *$346,625
1921 $20 Gold Saint GaudensPCGS MS63$199,750

     We will take a more in-depth look at the prices realized from both auctions in the September FMV Monthly article.

     With the ANA World’s Fair of Money completed and the summer winding down, dealers and collectors can now concentrate on their regular buying habits. Bullion-related coins have been the main focus of collectors and investors for quite some time, but the market seems to be cycling back to rare coins as buyers are looking for better coins in all denominations. Price is still a focal point but demand looks much better than in previous months.

     While the metals have fallen in the last week, dealers were expecting more sales in bullion coins, but that wasn’t necessarily the case at the ANA. Even generic U.S. Gold is sporting some tight premiums as it competes for investment money. MS63 Saints have been offered at just 6% over melt which makes them very competitive against modern Gold Eagles. From a numismatic standpoint, these would make a lot of sense especially when the market turns, as it always does, and the premiums stretch out once again.

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