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Out With The Old, In With The New
The beginning of a new year brings with it hopes for continued success all through the coin business. While 2011 was a remarkable year for most dealers, the decline in the metals over the last several weeks has put a damper on the overall market. Many buyers typically postpone major purchases as the year ends, while others wait for the annual FUN Convention in Florida. If the metals continue in their current pattern, it should have a significant impact on the first major show of the year.
In today’s market, a significant number of advanced collectors and investors are taking advantage of major auctions to purchase rarities. One of the benefits here is that you can see how the competition feels about certain coins. If there is a lot of interest, it reinforces attitudes about demand in the overall scheme of acquisitions. Heritage Galleries will host the Official Sale at the FUN Convention, which includes a special offering on Platinum Night. This is always a very exclusive event and is sure to please many collectors. There is no end to the number of rarities offered in this sale. Competition will be quite aggressive, especially for coins that have low populations in high grades.
A look back at the year in Morgan and Peace Dollars illustrates robust advances, new highs, and stability at year’s end. At the beginning of 2011, MS65 common date Morgan Dollars showed an FMV of $173. The year ended at $194. This is a nice increase of 12% for the year. Nonetheless, there were opportunities to make much more money throughout the year as this market had a lovely run to $263 in May before heading back down to the current level. The following chart shows month-by-month FMV for the MS65 and MS66 Morgan Dollar.
|Morgan Dollar||MS65 FMV||MS66 FMV|
As you can see the MS66 made a more spectacular advance during the year and finished the year higher by 31%. The market making dealers in this series were so busy from April to June that they barely had time for all the bullion activity that took place.
While common Peace Dollars had the same type of advances during 2011, they did not have the consistency of the Morgan Dollars. This is simply due to the fact that Morgan Dollars are more popular. The MS65 Peace Dollar began 2011 at $148 FMV and wound up at $185; this is up by 25%. However, although the MS66 did rise to $690, it did not have the strength to create the kind of increases that the other coins showed. Hundreds and thousands of MS66 Peace Dollars were trading, but the overall market was fairly balanced and there were probably more coins in the market than were needed at the time. At year’s end the MS66 was actually down by almost 5%.
The following chart shows the month-by-month movements of the FMV for the MS65 and MS66 Peace Dollars.
|Peace Dollars||MS65 FMV||MS66 FMV|
Again the busiest months were from April to June when almost every dealer was participating in this market. They were selling Dollars to most of their customers and everyone was making a lot of money. Then the metals began to move more dramatically on a daily basis and everyone turned to Gold, Silver, and Platinum. From the beginning of July to the middle of September, Gold rose from $1,483 to well over $1,800. The daily movement of the metals demanded the attention of every dealer and the rest of the coin market was of secondary importance. How the metals will perform and the effects it will have on the overall coin market will be the theme for 2012. What you can be sure of is that Silver Dollars will continue to attract novice buyers as well as advanced collectors.
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