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What Makes a Coin Valuable?

One of the common misconceptions regarding the value of coins is that the older it is the more it is worth. Nothing can be further from the truth. Coin and paper money values are based on a combination of rarity, grade and collector demand. Let’s explore each of these in detail

Rarity/Scarcity

Simply put, this is the number of coins that are available in a certain year, mint and grade. If a coin has a total mintage of 1 billion pieces, much like many Lincoln Cents, and 99% of them have survived circulation, it is unlikely that that coin will ever be worth more than face value unless there is a sharp increase in metal prices. This is true no matter how old the coin is. There are simply more coins of this date available than collectors need.

Collector Demand or Popularity

There are some coins that collectors can never seem to get enough of. For example, some coins with higher mintages are worth more than other coins with lower mintages because more people may collect that series. Demand and scarcity/rarity go hand-in-hand. Many times the coins that are the most scarce are the ones in demand, thereby driving the price up even higher. Many people hope that their collections contain that ultra rare coin. The fact is, it is unlikely that your collection contains that coin. That is why the coin is rare. Still, there is always a chance.

Grade/Condition

Grade can also determine the value of a coin. A coin that is worn and beat up will not generate desire as much as a coin that is in “Mint State Condition” This can be thought of the state of preservation or condition. In other words, the better condition he coin, the more it may be worth. Cleaned coins though are always worth less than original uncleaned coins. Do not clean coins.

Summary

While any one of the three items can drive a price, it is more often the combination of all three that will determine price with, in my opinion, the demand as the biggest factor in value determination. If there is no demand, meaning no one is willing to buy the coin, it does not matter what grade, how old or how scarce the coin is.

 

We are Buying The Following

 

Cents

Flying Eagle Cents

Indian Head Cents

Wheat Cents (Lincoln Cents)

Lincoln Memorial Cents

 

Nickels

Shield Nickels

Liberty Nickels

Buffalo Nickels

Jefferson Nickels 1938-1959

 

Silver Dimes

Seated Liberty Dimes

Barber Dimes

Mercury Dimes

Roosevelt Dimes 1946-1964

 

Silver Quarters

 

Seated Liberty Quarters

Barber Quarters

Standing Liberty Quarters

Washington Quarters 1932-1964

 

Silver Half Dollars

 

Seated Liberty Half Dollars

Barber Halves

Walking Liberty Halves

Franklin Halves

Kennedy Halves 1964-1970

 

Silver Dollars

 

Peace Dollars

Morgan Dollars

Trade Dollars

Seated Liberty Dollars

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also buy the Following


Half Cents

Large Cents

Two Cent Pieces

Three Cent Pieces

Half Dimes

Twenty Cent Pieces

US Mint Issued Commemorative Coins

Silver Bullion Coins

Paper Money

Foreign Coins and Notes

Mint Sets

Proof Sets

 

 

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