I think a lot of people believe all the valuable and rare coins have been removed from circulation and that there are few, if any, really good pocket change finds left to be made. While the old days of regularly spotting Barber coinage, Mercury dimes, Walking Liberty half dollars, Standing Liberty quarters, and Buffalo nickels may be over, that doesn't mean valuable and rare coins are absent from circulation.
Will 2015 be a hot year for U.S. coins? It’s a similar question that we ask at the beginning of each and every year. Surely, some years are better than others for the U.S. coin market. In the last five years especially, we’ve seen U.S. coins endure some ups and downs, but through it all, I’ve noticed some areas of stability and even growth. Rare U.S. gold coins have enjoyed heightened popularity thanks to the sale of the 1,400+ Saddle Ridge Hoard gold coins that were found buried in tin cans in Northern California. Meanwhile, Morgan silver dollars have been perennially popular and continue to enjoy strong marketplace demand.
American silver and gold eagle coins were flying high in 2014, and as the crystal ball dropped in New York City’s Times Square, we wrapped up what was a very busy year for the precious metal market. As far as the silver and gold bullion scene is concerned, we can easily divide the first and second halves of the year by the metals prices. Gold prices bounced between roughly $1,250 and $1,400 from January through early July, and then started showing weakness after that point. Right around the end of October and into November, the bottom fell out, and gold briefly dipped into the $1,120s.
The Top 25 most expensive Walking Liberty half dollars from November 2014 show a surprising mixture of dates for the month, including several early dates, multiple key coins, and even numerous high-end proof and uncirculated specimens. The top coin for the month sold for more than $9,000, while the least expensive of the Walking Liberty half dollars sold in November 2014 traded hands for $835 – so, there’s quite a spread in price among the coins we’ll look at here.
The U.S. Mint has just announced its 2015 coins and products release schedule, giving coin collectors and bullion investors a heads up as to when they can start making their 2015 coin orders. It looks like the U.S. Mint will be kicking off its first 2015 coin releases very early in the month of January, with a slew of 2015 coin sets and other merchandise to follow.
It was Christmas week, and while the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, the promise of a few more 2014-dated American silver and gold eagle coins was satisfied here. Yes, unlike last week, when I had anemic production figures to report from the U.S. Mint, it looks like several thousand gold eagle coins and slightly more than a half million 2014 American silver eagles were distributed for sale.
Morgan silver dollars are always a top seller on eBay, the most popular online auction site around. In November 2014, some very rare and expensive coins crossed the virtual auction block. In this post, we’ll check out which ones were the most expensive Morgan silver dollars to sell on the site that month.
It’s been a slow news week for the U.S. American silver and gold eagle coin programs. With nothing new distributed on the gold eagle side and only a lean number of new silver eagle coins to speak of, this report reflects the smallest amount of bullion coin sales activity from the U.S. Mint since CoinValues began disseminating American eagle coin sales data earlier this year.
You'd be surprised how often I see or hear of people doing things to their coins that will absolutely damage them. I mean flat-out knock 30% or more of the value off the coin. I'm not talking about drilling holes into the coins, colorizing them, or something else crazy like that. No -- I'm referring to things that to a non-numismatist seem benign but to seasoned collectors are downright damaging and possibly even catastrophic to coins and their value.
Gold and silver prices have climbed back to mid-October levels, but how long will bullion values sustain at this level? American silver and gold eagle coins seem to be languishing at the moment, as nobody can really tell where the bullion market will be tomorrow, next week, or next month. It seems this market uncertainty is persuading many investors to hold their wallets and purses tight, because as this U.S. Mint report for American silver and gold eagle bullion sales shows, there was relatively little activity this past week. Of course, some of that may have to do with the coming transition over to year 2015 American eagle coin production.
It was another busy week in silver and gold trading. Over last weekend, both metals stumbled in price, with silver at one point in the low $15 range and gold trading in the $1,140s. By Monday and Tuesday, a recovery brought prices of those metals respectively back into the $16 and $1,200 range. Meanwhile, the United States Mint is transitioning into 2015 American eagle coin issues, and release dates for those coins have been announced; the U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for 2015 American silver eagles on January 12, 2015 while allocations for American eagle gold coins bearing the new date will begin on January 20.
American eagle silver and gold coin sales figures for November 2014 appear strong, though overall the numbers weren’t quite as high in November as they were in October 2014. A very small part of this may be due to the fact that the U.S. Mint was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
December 1 marks Cyber Monday in 2014, and perhaps you're wondering if you should buy silver and gold bullion coins while you're shopping for your family and friends. While silver and gold decorations may be on every Christmas tree, silver and gold bullion coins are stacking up in coin dealers' and bullion brokers' cases as they stock up on inventory to meet increasing demands over the holidays.
While Americans recovered from tryptophan lows and Black Friday shopping highs, the bullion market quietly slid back just a tad for the week ending November 28, 2014. Silver now rests at $15.56 while gold settled to $1,167 – just a bit off last week’s bullion prices of $15.75 and $1,175, respectively. As bullion prices reclined a tad in the easy chair (and who didn’t last Thursday or Friday?), the U.S. Mint closed out the month of November 2014 with some respectable numbers in terms of American silver and gold coin sales.
The Walking Liberty half dollar, designed by Adolph A. Weinman, is commonly considered the most beautiful silver coin ever made by the United States Mint. It’s also a beloved collectible coin and a popular series on eBay, where thousands of circulated and high-end specimens are commonly traded each month. A look at the October 2014 eBay sales data shows more than a dozen Walking Liberty half dollars sold for more than $1,500, and all of the Top 25 most expensive specimens sold for $985 or more.
The Standing Liberty quarter, designed by Hermon A. MacNeil and produced from 1916 through 1930, was the design immediately preceding the Washington quarter and remains a popular collectible today. The Standing Liberty quarter had a relatively short production run yet presents numerous challenges to collectors. Most notably, it has three distinct design types: Type I quarters show Miss Liberty’s exposed right breast, Type II quarters depict a fully clothed Miss Liberty and a slightly redesigned reverse, and the third type of quarter has a recessed date.
Mercury dimes are a favorite series for many collectors of 20th-century United States coinage and are commonly collected by date and mintmark, much like other series from the middle of the 20th century. Mercury dimes enjoy brisk sales on the eBay auction site, though for the most part the series is not considerably expensive to complete as a set, at least in circulated grades. Only a few issues in the Mercury dime series are categorically rare, and by far the most sought-after of the scarce issues is the 1916-D Mercury dime.
Buffalo nickels are very popular with old-time coin collectors and younger ones alike, and many of these classic five-cent coins did very well on the eBay auction site in October 2014. In fact, one Buffalo nickel sold for three grand on eBay in October, and all the rest of the Buffalo nickels on this Top 25 list sold for $1,025 or more – very respectable prices indeed.
Lincoln cents are one of the most popular collectible American coins, and they always do big business on eBay. October 2014 was no exception, as dozens of rare, expensive Lincoln cents hit the popular online auction block. The usual suspects all were all among the Top 10 most expensive Lincoln cents sold on eBay in October, though surprisingly the 1922 no-D does not show up until the 12th spot. You will also see a few supreme-grade coins represented across the Top 25 and, of course, a heaping helping of 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents to round out this list.