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OK…Your ready to buy a coin off a web site or on line coin auction. The seller is representing the coin as an MS-65..but is it.

  It hard to accurately judge the grade of a coin just by a picture. Especially if the picture is of low resolution and proper lighting was not used when the photo was snapped. I’ve bought coins on line in the past that were latter determined to be as much as 4 to 5 grades lower when sent to a top tier grading company. I’ve also bought coins that were represented as DMPL, that upon inspection were not.

  So what’s the big deal you ask, if the coin is graded one or two grades to high. Lets assume that you buy the coin based on the representation that it is the higher of the two example grades below..( now that is loosing money) Well, here are a few examples:

1878-s Morgan Dollar    MS-65  DMPL               $7,500

                                           MS-65 (not dmpl)        $  310


1880 Morgan Dollar         MS-65                          $745

                                             MS-64                         $150


1880-O Morgan Dollar          MS-65                     $26,250

                                                  MS-62                      $    158  (ouch) get the point.    The proper grade of a coin has a lot to do with the value, so unless you are an expert’ be carefully buying raw coins or coins graded by low tier grading companies.

 Most of the coins I sell on my E Bay store and in my on line auctions on Proxibid and I- Collector are graded by the top two grading companies and they back up their grading with a guarantee.  

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  Ok, I going to let you in on a little secret. I’ve bought coins in the past, that were either not real or what PCGS likes to refer to as ” Genuine”.  Just like anything of value, if an item is worth a lot of money, there is someone out there willing to produce a counterfeit.

  I have to tell you, some of the look a likes out there make it very hard to distinguish between the fake and the real Mc Coy. Pictures can hide a lot of flaws and impurities.  You will find Gold plated, changed dates and mint marks, and even real coins cleaned or doctored up to increase the value.

  I have sent coins off to be graded that come back a counterfeit, cleaned, genuine (which means a real coin that has somehow be altered by cleaning, chemicals, etc. This determination will make your high dollar coin, nearly worthless.

When you purchase raw coins you are really rolling the dice. I suggest purchasing coins graded by the top two grading companies in the world, PCGS and NGC. These companies have the technology and expertise to accurately grade your coins and to insure that the are genuine. The coins are then sealed in a tamper evident capsule to further insure that you get what you pay for. In addition both companies offer a guarantee that if the coin is mis-graded or is not genuine they will re-inspect the coin and pay the difference in value. These certified coin will also consistently bring a higher sale price when it is time to sell. I sell mostly graded coins on my E bay site and my auctions.

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Thankfully there are many paths to financial freedom in this great country. You can invest in Real Estate, start a business, invent a new product or service, or come up with the latest social networking web site.

Some of the paths require a ton of start up capital, long hours of work, or just plain luck. Of course, there is no reason you can’t head down several paths at once.  You may find yourself limited by how hard you want to work and how many hours you are wiling to put in.

Let me suggest that you look towards rare coins as one method of multiplying your wealth, while engaging in a very interesting and rewarding endeavor.  You can easily devote as little as an hour a week and begin growing your collection and making a profit.

Unless you jump into the coin business full time, it’s a fairly passive income and wealth builder. You can literally buy some high quality coins and place them in your desk drawer for a few years and you will likely be rewarded.

Here are a few examples of some choice coins and their values if bought 5 years ago, and their price today (credit to PCGS price guide)

1942 1 cent ddo fs-103 ms 65 red     was $5.00           now $1,150   a  22900 % increase

1958 quarter  ms 67+                           was $320             now $2,180 a      681% increase

1897-s 50 cent ms 58                           was $2,000          now $12,950   a   647% increase get the picture.   Remember these gains were obtained without physical labor, long hours of hard work, or time away from the family. Of course not all coins go up in this fashion, but overall the track record on rare coins has been significant. Its simply a matter of supply and demand, and they just are not making any more 150 year old coins.

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  Stocks, Bonds, Real Estate, and Insurance policies..each one an important part of your diverse financial portfolio. Financial counselors are quick to recommend IRAs, Mutual funds, and commodities, but what about rare coins and precious metals.

   To have a truly diverse and well rounded portfolio, I think its appropriate to have at least 15% of your assets in precious metals and numismatic  type coins.   These invests offer solid growth performance as well as providing an excellent vehicle for preservation of principle.

Many people like hard assets that they can personally hold and control. An additional benefit is the enjoyment you will find in collecting and studying rare coins. If you have not done so already, consider acquiring some rare coins today.

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  Come on guys…admit it. We all like to collect and invest in the really cool macho coins. There is nothing like a Morgan or Peace dollar, a Twenty dollar Gold piece or rare commemorative in MS-70.

   What about the lowly penny, the Lincoln cent, wheat cent, Indian head cent,or 2 cent piece. The truth is that many of these coins have been great investments and have attracted more than their share of collector interest.

  Just take a look at the venerable 1909-S VBD Lincoln cent. This coin is among the most collectible and well known coins in coin collecting today. From a initial face value of only one cent this coin can easily sell for 350,000 times its initial value.

   To be honest, I don’t think you can actually buy anything for a penny anymore; and I’m not sure how much longer they will be minted. Long ago the cost of minting the coin actually exceeded the face value of the coin. They will probably do the way of the half-penny or the half dime.  In my mind these factors simply add to the appeal of the coin.

  I always make sure that I included a representative quantity of these fine coins in my auctions and E-Bay site.  Bid on one today..

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Coin auctions are a great alternative to purchasing coins at coin shops, classified ads, and television shopping shows.  There are dozens of live and on- line coin auctions underway every day. Auctions bring to market large quantities of  coins and collectibles, often at very competitive prices.  Years ago auctions were used to sell coins and merchandise that were inferior, damaged, or not genuine, in an unreserved format,  for pennies on the dollar. “Let the buyer beware” was the unwritten understanding.

Auctions have long since evolved into highly respected marketing tools. The majority of web sites that host coin auctions today have strict rules of conduct for both buyers and sellers. Coins must be honestly described with detailed and accurate photographs. Its not unusual to see some very rare and valuable coins, as well as certified and graded coins by the top grading companies. bid prices may start at $1.00 or very close to the actual book value. Competitive bidding and reserves placed by the seller, help insure that both buyer and seller get a “fair” deal.

Of course its possible for a buyer to obtain a coin at a much reduced price however Multiple bidders will often elevate the price of the coins to near or above the book values. Its very rare that a bidder will get a valuable coin for half or less of the market price. Its also rare that precious metals will sell for much less than the current spot price. Often bidders will spend hours bidding on a  large group of coins or precious metals at half or less than the going value. These bidders will often be disappointed and rarely win any substantial number of lots.

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Thanks ..Carl C.



I used to think it’s a pretty smart guy, and why not? All of my investments always made money now is well diversified. In fact, I begin to think I was a financial genius. I had money in stocks, bonds, real estate, and businesses.

So you can imagine that the last couple years have been a real eye-opener. Stocks are down, bonds are down, real estate has seen a major correction, and most businesses are lucky to break even. Yes, the financial and investment environment has changed drastically.

Everyone seems to be running for safety into the sidelines with their investments. Everyone is searching for the next best thing. Great returns on investment are now taking second place the preservation of capital. So what is the answer?

For me, the answer has been there all along. Investing in rare coins is both fun and profitable. I mean, what was the last time you had fun looking at your stock certificates or CD statement.

What if there was an investment that was both fun and profitable. What if there was an investment in which your principle never went down good times or bad. What if there was an investment that was totally liquid and offered a great deal of privacy and control. Add to these benefits, the fact that coin collecting is not labor intensive and requires very little of your time.

I’d like to suggest that you take a good look at the hobby\investment opportunities in collecting rare coins. I think you’ll find the activity both rewarding and profitable. Another plus is the fact that you can join in this activity for a minimum investment in both time and money.

You can easily diversify this investment between bullion gold and silver coins, which fluctuate in value with the underlying market price of the precious metal. Again, your coin will always be worth the face value, and you stand to make significant gains if the spot price of gold and silver continue to rise.

Your collection will also gain value if the numismatic price of the coin goes up. For example: A simple 1909 vdb Lincoln cent, in very good condition, with an original face value of one cent is worth over  $50  today.  That’s a huge return for a passive investment that just sits in your closet waiting.

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For those of you that get a little board with the standard penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half, and dollar routine…Enter the world of “Commemorative Coins” and Medals. The modern commemorative coin program began in 1982, older coins are also available.

Although these coins are actual legal tender and have an assigned  face value, they generally sell at quite a premium. They are not minted for the purpose of general circulation, and I can’t say I’ve ever gotten one back at change at the local Walmart. In fact, these coins are generally  minted in limited quantities and are available from the mint for a short period of time. Both of these factors also add to the value as collector or investor items.

No, if you want to collect or invest in commemoratives you will probably have to deal with someone that specializes in this type of coin. Because they are not produced for general trade, the quality and strike is generally much better than your average coin. Also, because they are not intended to be carried around in your pocket as spare change, many of them tend to be larger in size.

Congress authorizes the minting of these commemorative coins as a way of honoring and celebrating certain American people, places, events, and institutions. As a collector you might also gain some satisfaction in knowing that part of the proceeds from the surcharge on the coin, goes back to the communities and organizations that they coins portray and honor.

I find many of these coins to be true works of art as well as commemorating important parts of American history. The funds generated have helped build museums, national memorials and the like.

I recently added some coins from the “Disabled American Veterans” to my collection and have made some available on my E-Bay store.  This coin is among the most striking and meaningful coins I have yet to see. The face of the coin is adorned with three American service men depicted from the waist down in their B.D.U’s and boots. The third man is depicted with only one leg and a pair of crutches. A very touching and meaningful salute to those that have given the all for this country.  A great collector item or gift to a disables American servicemen.

The inscription “They Stood Up For Us” adorns the front of the coin. The reverse side of the coin has an inspiration that reads: “ Take this moment to honor our disabled defenders of freedom”

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One of things I love about collecting coins is all small intricacies involved. Of course today, it’s all the rage to collect the high-end grated slab coins by a major grading company. Buying these coins is relatively safe because you have some assurance as to the condition and value. However, in many cases they bring a premium that makes it difficult to resell our profit.

Although not as trendy and sexy, I like to pay attention to the old-fashioned 2 x 2 cardboard coin holders. Many of these coins are remarkably well preserved and of high quality. I can’t help to conjure up pictures of a father and son sitting around a kitchen table and sorting through rolls of coins to find a treasure. These old-fashioned holders complete with Staples or often lovingly saved and then set aside in a desk drawer somewhere.

These old fashioned holders, lack the sleek look of an enclosed plastic case and a hologram. They are not as glitzy as a modern slab holders, but often hold some real bargains. I would estimate that there are millions of old coins tucked away in these cardboard holders.


Of course you must use caution when evaluating this type of investment. Make sure to match the coins year, mint mark, a condition with the corn and the holder. Be careful to closely evaluate the conditioning grade of the coin. Do not rely solely on the handwritten notes of the cardboard holder.

Also don’t assume that because the coin is in the holder that has some great value or is in uncirculated condition. The same applies to coins stored in the old-cardboard albums.

So enjoy your collecting, and be sure not to overlook coins encased, in these old two by two holders. Good luck, and good collecting.

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Thank you…… Carl C.