What series is undervalued today?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by brotherluv, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. brotherluv

    brotherluv New Member

    Been a few years since I stopped collecting, having sold off all my Morgans pre-silver boom to pay bills.

    I remember what must have been 20 years ago... magazines touting the undervalued nature of Morgans after a previous cash in values.

    How has the buillon price affected values on high and low mintage MS 65/66 Morgans?

    Has the recession caused prices to fall, or has the panic raised all boats in an attempt to find an alternative to stocks?

    I'm a big fan of nickels in general, particularly Buffalo Nickels, mint/proof set varieties, Morgans, and of course varities of all sorts fascinte me...

    If there was an undervalued series today, offering an interesting history and design chock full of varities to cherrypick and keep interest in the hunt... what would they be?
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  3. McBlzr

    McBlzr Sr Professional Collector Supporter

    :welcome: brotherluv :)

    I think Buffalo Nickels (even thought they are not silver) are under-rated.

    Also i believe Circ & Unc Walking Liberty Halves are under-rated as collector sets.
  4. 19Lyds

    19Lyds Member of the United States of Confusion


    Last of the large dollar coins and just LOADED with varieties!
  5. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    I'm hoarding Eisenhowers.

    One of these days, Mercs will get the respect they deserve for being the most beautiful coin this country has ever created...
  6. Duke Kavanaugh

    Duke Kavanaugh The Big Coin Hunter

    I think any semi key silver coin is undervalued compared to their common silver counterparts.
  7. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot

    I agree with 19lyds and merc. The Eisenhower series is definitely undervalued. Try finding nice Ike dollars, I dare ya. They're nowhere near as plentiful as you would think and being clad dollars, they have been tossed about and basically forgotten as a collector series.

    I think I read your question as if you are asking what series will appreciate in value the most over the short term, not what series do people care about the least and the answer to that question is anybody's guess, nobody can say for sure. If I had to bet money on an under-collected series, I would agree with what merc and 19lyds have said, I'd put my money on Ikes as well.
  8. Silvertip

    Silvertip New Member

    I'd have to go with frankies, with walkers a very close second. :)
  9. Collector1966

    Collector1966 Senior Member

    Jefferson nickels in high grade.
  10. rev1774

    rev1774 Well-Known Member

    I think high grade Jefferson's are a good series, though I do like them...
    Walkers are also a good bet..
  11. joey0053

    joey0053 ZERT Operator

    +1 on walkers and buffalo
  12. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD Supporter! Supporter

    I would say Eisenhower Dollars. It is an extremely difficult set to assemble in a nice high grade but it is not that expensive. Plus, there are a ton of varieties.
  13. RaceBannon

    RaceBannon Member

    One thing that I've seen for Morgans is that the spread over bullion spot price has definitely shrunk for lower end MS coins. There are some bargains to be had on common dates in the MS62-64 range. There are also a lot of AU coins that can be had for close to melt.

    Buying these coins is a good way to shield yourself if silver ever drops below $30 for an extended period again, as many could retain their collector's numismatic premium.

    I agree that Walkers are undervalued as well.
  14. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    I would say quite a few series. I am thinking classic commemoratives, half cents, half dimes, etc. TBH if a guy were to cash out of bullion and buy up some great, classic collectible coins I don't think he would regret it regardless of what happens to bullion.

    Rare coins are rare, and always in demand. I would be buying problem free, classic collector coins mainly from the 19th century in XF-AU as my value point, plus the classic commemoratives in AU58-MS65.

    If someone is looking for varieties, look at the SL series. Buy the referenecs and see all of the cool varieties there are available. Most dealers do not even check these coins for varieties.

  15. rev1774

    rev1774 Well-Known Member

    I do like the IKE silver issues as some look wonderful. I've just not cared for the look of the business strike coins... That's just me though..
  16. daship

    daship Member

    I gotta go with IKEs. To me, that coin has the most amazing reverse in the history of coinage. An Eagle landing on the moon - top that!
  17. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD Supporter! Supporter

    I can see where you are coming from with the business strikes. But...they are interesting for what they are. When they were made, the mint had a hard time getting good full strikes because of the size and hardness of the planchet. As a result, well struck examples are scarce. Combine that with the fact that the vast majority of these coins are bag marked covered...and you find a very challenging set to assemble in high grade. They aren't the prettiest coin, but they are certainly a challenge and their scarcity is under appreciated IMHO.

    You may or may not know this...but the reverse of the Ike and SBA are almost direct copies of the Apollo 11 mission insignia.

  18. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Seated Liberty, Standing Liberty, or something else?
  19. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Sorry, by referencing 19th century issues, I was meaning Seated liberty. There are tons of varieties in them that not many dealers check thoroughly since the series aren't know to the general public for them, unlike Bust coinage.
  20. WingedLiberty

    WingedLiberty The Color of Money

    I have 2 candidate undervalued series:

    1. Draped Bust Half Dollars

    The field population of the ENTIRE TYPE is only around 14,000 coins. They are a bargain in lower circulated grades.
    I picked this one up raw for $350 last Summer from 900fine.
    I since had it graded by PCGS, who summarily over-graded it, it should be F15 at best.

    2. Early Half Cents

    I bought this a few weeks ago for $775. A bargain in my opinion.

  21. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    I agree Winged. Nice coins. I think they are all good coins, I was going for a little less pricey and easier to afford.

    The thing is, US coins overall are still too expensive. If you look at mintages, US coins are stratoshperically priced compared to any other world coinage. Something to think about. It has only been US coin collectors demand for only US coinage that has priced them so high.

    If you really want to see some undervalued coins versus their rarity, look at many world coins. Its just an aside, but wanted to remind everyone how pricey US coins in general are overall, and always have been.

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