It didn’t take much to get me hooked on studying U.S.
coin values as a
youngster. When I was an 8-year old, I naturally idolized my older
and his buddies spent countless hours with their Lincoln Cent coin
albums. That was all it took to ignite my passion for U.S. coins. As I
grew older, I also became fascinated with
their place in history.
This early love of coins led to my singular mission: to record and analyze price trends to determine if coin values from the past foretell future performance…
…which eventually led me to develop this website.
Like so many from my generation, I got started collecting coins with the Lincoln Cent. This was my first album, which I started filling as an 8 year old. I never did find a 1909-S VDB from circulation or piggy banks, but it was fun looking! I've come a long way since then.
Now I can share with you the information I’ve gathered
over the past
40-plus years that has made coin collecting a thrilling and fulfilling
pursuit for me.
I’m pretty much just like many of you – I've always wanted to know what a coin is worth and, more importantly, why. At the same time, I've maintained a natural curiosity in how strongly it might rise in value in the years ahead.
I've discovered that long term price trends of a coin ARE INDEED a fairly reliable indicator of where its value could be headed in the future.
For a very long time, I've been gathering lots of data supporting this observation. I created a series of Coin Value Tables (see a sample table below) to report my findings.
The tables have been painstakingly researched and compiled by me. They make it easy for you to find out the past and current values of your coins AND…
…yield clues as to which coins are most likely heading a lot higher in price
…you won’t find these tables anywhere else.
If selecting coins with a good chance of increasing nicely in price is your goal, you'll find the tables to be an indispensable tool. You may access the tables by selecting the U.S. Coin Values (past) link in the Nav Bar to the left. You can also get there by clicking HERE.
Coins are so steeped in U.S. history that I’ve included for you some historical context for each coin. This helps explain the origin and differences between coins. Because of my love affair with U.S. coins and history, I've done my best throughout this site to interject historical connotations while analyzing coin values and other subjects related to numismatics.
What's more, I include a brief snippet of information at the beginning of some pages called:
The idea of the MINT HINT is give you a chance to
quickly absorb a factoid about the featured coin or
whatever the numismatic topic might be for that page. You can quickly
decide if you want to continue
reading for more in depth information or keep moving on.
A longtime favorite of coin collectors, the 1796 quarter has posted solid value growth for many decades. The coin has performed very well recently, increasing by an average of more than 10.00% annually since the year 2000. Photo courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles Inc., Beverly Hills, CA.
I guess I have never lost the respect and adulation of
certain coins I
developed as a kid trying to be like my older brother. I have spent
many years preparing the tables, charts, data and recommendations
you will find on this site because I believe you should have access to
the best and most complete coin value information possible all in one
Are you looking for a life-long hobby you can master? Have you inherited a coin collection and need to know what it is worth? Are you a collector pursuing an elusive coin? If so, you're bound to unearth useful information somewhere on this site.
A coin that has long enthralled me is the 1796 Draped Bust Quarter. A beautiful example of this incredible rarity is pictured to the right. You see, I have a keen interest in very early United States coinage. I get goose bumps owning coins that once upon a time might have been held by one of our Founding Fathers.
Although I may never be able to afford a 1796 Draped Bust Quarter (the one in the picture is now worth over $100,000 -- but it's a real screamer!), I have found the pursuit of that coin (or at least its not-quite-as-valuable cousin) a thrilling chase. Maybe someday my dream will come true.
Coin values are constantly changing. With this site, I pledge:
|1879-CC||Morgan Silver Dollars||
|Mintage:||756,000||Historical Value Trends|
|Year||F-12||VF-20||XF-40||AU-50||MS-60||MS-63||MS-63 DMPL||MS-64||MS-64 DMPL||MS-65||MS-65 DMPL||MS-67|
|Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…|
|Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2013|
|Year||F-12||VF-20||XF-40||AU-50||MS-60||MS-63||MS-63 DMPL||MS-64||MS-64 DMPL||MS-65||MS-65 DMPL||MS-67|
As we can see from the sample table, the 1879-CC Morgan silver dollar has displayed solid, if not spectacular, value growth over a very long period of time. In certain grades, the coin has been especially hot since the year 2000 (although things of not gone so well since 2009). Any coin collector fortunate enough to own one of these Carson City rarities need not worry about selling at a loss down the road. The table demonstrates that the 1879-CC dollar is a good choice for continued appreciation in the future.
You may use the Table of Contents below or the
Navigation bar on the upper left hand side of the page to take you to
major sections of this site:
US Coin Blog
Our Blog page keeps you informed on the latest updates to the US Coin Values Advisor website. We also bring you the biggest stories happening in the world of numismatics. Check back frequently, or be notified automatically by feeding www.us-coin-values-advisor.com/coin-values.xml into your RSS reader. If you're not familiar with the RSS concept, visit our What's an RSS feed? page.
US Coin Types and Key Dates
All regular production US coin types, from the Half Cent to Double Eagle, are listed here. The story of every coin type is retold, including historical perspectives. View high quality coin photos. Also, key dates are highlighted, with purchase recommendations.
US Coin Values (past trends) Online Reports
Coin values for collectible US coins are presented online in tabular format. The tables show historic retail pricing trends from the long ago past to present times. Online reports can be viewed at no charge. These estimated retail prices were largely unearthed from the vast holdings of the American Numismatic Association library. Past performance is a good indicator of what can be expected in the future. Never buy another coin again before consulting the Coin Value Tables!
US Coin Values (current) Online Reports
This section focuses exclusively on current day coin values. Our website obtained this information from Numismaster. Estimated retail prices for coin dates across a variety of conditions are reported in the form of a range, with lower and upper boundaries. The goal of the Numismaster coin price guide is to give you an idea of what your coin is worth in today’s marketplace
You may download in PDF format some of the same historic retail pricing trend tables you see online. Save it to your computer for printing later. Carry reports to coin shows or keep it on your desk for quick reference. A bonus feature called the Collector Index is available exclusively to those receiving the PDF reports. This index estimates future value growth potential for every coin in the report.
Bullish US Rare Coins
For coin collectors wanting to get to the bottom line fast, we've provided a Bullish US Rare Coins page. There, you'll find a recommendation list for US coins sure to be winners in the years to come... because they've always been the royalty of US collectible coins, with demonstrated gains over time to prove it.
Rare American Coins
A list of the most highly valued, prestigious US coins. Mostly based on results of widely publicized coin auctions, these rare coins are worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. Informative to the coin researcher, but entertaining to the casual observer. Here's proof of the vitality of the coin collecting phenom.
Calculate Coin % Rate of Return
This handy little calculator determines the compounded annual rate at which your coin's worth is increasing. Simply plug in a bit of data, and **PRESTO** the coin's rate of return percentage is computed for you.
Rare Coin Values Index
This Index analyses the direction of the coin market from the year 2000 the present, and is updated monthly. The Rare Coin Values Index is comprised of 87 U.S. coins which have found favor with the collector class for generations. You can embed the Index on your own website for free.
American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins
Find out how much you should really pay for the popular American Silver Eagle. Some people pay far more than they should.
Presidential Dollar Coins
Full coverage of Presidential Dollar Coins, which includes basic facts about the program, release schedule, images, and a review on the First Spouse Coin Program. In addition, we have a "Hail to the Chiefs" section which takes an historical look at the time of office for each President.
State Quarters program Photos, error coins, program creation, design descriptions, mintages, and FAQ page. Also see how well the Mint's crystal ball worked prior to beginning of State Quarter program.
Coins & US History
We proudly proclaim a couple of sections revolving around the history of our great country. Coins & US History is one such section. As America evolved and matured, so did its coinage. To that end, we have endeavored to tell the story of our coinage system within the context of America's past. Many illustrations and patriotic overtones.
Saga of the US Mint
The US Mint has faithfully served our nation since 1792. A total of eight cities have hosted coining facilities. But the US Mint consists of much more than just places. They too, are reflective of America's history.
Learn to speak the language of hobby insiders. This comprehensive coin collecting guide defines hundreds of words used regularly in the world of numismatics.
If you don't learn some basics about coin grading, everything else you've learned may be zeroed out.
Find the Mint Mark
We have a comprehensive section photographically depicting where to find the Mint Mark for all regularly issued United States coins. There are lots interesting numismatic facts in this section also.
Coin Buying Advice
Some common sense advice on finding coins to buy.
Selling Your Coins
If you decide to sell, get the most you can!
Coin Grading Books
Every coin collector needs at least one coin grading book. Here are a few of the most popular grading guides to choose from.
Coin publications that are mailed out periodically are reviewed here.
Coin Collector Supplies
Every collector must have some of this stuff. Choose from a wide variety of coin protectors of all types, coin holders, folders, 2"x 2" flips, numismatic tools, etc. Low prices because of our affiliation with eBay.
Who and what is US-Coin-Values-Advisor? What's in it for us? This page was set up to address these questions and provide full disclosure.
A Few Good Links
US Coin Values Advisor isn't the only good numismatic site operating on the Web (alright, everyone has a right to brag once in a while, OK?), but if there are other worthwhile places on the Net that coin collectors ought to check out, we'll direct you to to them from here.
Feedback and questions about US coin collecting and this website are welcome. We receive a lot of email and can respond to only a few of them.
|Daniel J. Goevert
Member # 1204442