Modern Commemorative Coins: Invest Today - Profit Tomorrow

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Modern commemoratives and American Eagles are the answer for today's collector who wants to make a secure investment without spending thousands of dollars.

New issues from the U.S. Mint struck in silver, gold and platinum have great potential for investment growth, if you key in on low mintage strikes.


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Modern commemoratives and American Eagles are the answer for today's collector who wants to make a secure investment without spending thousands of dollars.

New issues from the U.S. Mint struck in silver, gold and platinum have great potential for investment growth, if you key in on low mintage strikes.

Modern Commemorative Coins will show you how to:

Include modern coins in your self-directed IRA

Include numismatic investments as part of your estate plan

Select coins that have the best chance of increasing in value

Take the next step beyond collecting State quarters and Presidential dollars to the exciting world of rare modern coins.

Collect coins that combine beauty with tangible assets to create family heirlooms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440212895
  • Publisher: KP Books
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,452,119
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Jordan started collecting classic coins when he was 10. He worked as a coin grader for Palmetto Galleries in Columbia, S.C., in college during the mid-1980s. He authored a paper, "The Case for Key Date Moderns," which he placed on the Internet at It has been downloaded more than 5,000 times.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

About the Author 9

Introduction 11

Modern U.S. Coinage: Index of Topics

Chapter 1 Counting the Cost or 20 Years of Wandering 13

Chapter 2 Choosing Our Course 17

Chapter 3 Collections a Product of Coinage Environment 23

Primary Design Change Rates since 1793 24

Chapter 4 Rare Coin Market Behavior

Stable Designs 28

Unstable Designs 33

The Dawn of Changing Reverse Series 38

Competition Among Series with Different Structures 43

Chapter 5 Key in Their Infancy 43

What Creates Them 45

When to Buy Them: Market Inventory, Absorption, Price & Time 49

When to Expect Them - Typical Inaugural Spike & Sales Collapse 50

Series Life Cycles and Growth Rates 52

Long Term Growth Among Denominations David Goliath 53

Chapter 6 Moderns as Design and Denomination Based Type Rarities 55

Mint State Type Coin Ranking for the Last 200 years and its Lessons 57

Proof Type Coin Ranking Since 1859 and its Lessons 66

Chapter 7 Moderns and Classics: In the Same Family? 71

Chapter 8 Precious Metals Prices and Numismatic Premiums 73

Chapter 9 Common Pitfalls & Things to Remember 80

Gradeflation, Crack Outs, and Special Tags 80

Erosion of 70 Grade Premiums After Initial Issue 82

Classic High Grade Markets Indexed to Inflation 83

Common Coinage and Promotions 83

High Bullion Content Classics 84

Key Dates: The Strong Red Line 84

Coin Dealer Proverbs 85

Chapter 10 The Series:

Lincoln Type Cents 86

Jefferson Type Nickels 88

Fifty State Quarters Basic Mint State 91

Fifty State Quarters Clad Proofs 99

Fifty State Quarters Silver Proofs 100

Sacagawea -Native American Dollars Basic Mint State 103

Sacagawea -Native American Dollars Proof 105

Presidential Dollars Basic Mint State 106

Presidential Dollars proofs 108

American Eagle Silver Dollars Mint State-The Modern Morgan 109

American Eagle Silver Dollars Proof 115

Clad Commemoratives Halves Proof and Mint State 116

Proof Commemorative Silver Dollars 119

Mint State Commemorative Silver Dollars 122

$5 Mint State Gold Commemoratives 125

$5 Proof Gold Commemoratives 127

$5 Mint State Gold Eagles 129

$10 Mint State Gold Eagles 133

$25 Mint State Gold Eagles 136

$50 Mint State Gold Eagles 138

$5 Proof Gold Eagles 140

$10 Proof Gold Eagles 142

$25 Proof Gold Eagles 144

$50 Proof Gold Eagles 145

Buffalo Gold and Silver all Issues 148

$10 Gold Commemoratives all Issues 153

First Spouse $10 Gold all Issues 154

$20 Ultra High Relief Gold Eagle 161

Rarest Type Set since World War I 162

$10 Proof Platinum Eagles 168

$25 Proof Platinum Eagles 170

$50 Proof Platinum Eagles 173

$100 Proof Platinum Eagles 176

Mint State Platinum Eagles-Changing Reverse 178

Mint State Platinum Eagles-Business Strikes 182

Chapter 11 A Perfect Storm of Opportunity 185

Chapter 12 Primary Recommendations 188

Circulating Coinage 188

Silver Coinage 189

Gold Coinage 189

Platinum Coinage 191

Chapter 13 A 60 Trillion Dollar Wind at Your Collection's Back-Ultra Long Cycle Taxable Events 193

Bracket Creep-Who are the "Rich" in 2020? 195

Tax Deferred Retirement-The Taxman's Time Machine 195

Energy Based Tax Policy & Cost-Your Material Price Floor 196

Monetization of Debt 196

Chapter 14 Modern Coins and Estate Planning: Shielding the Children Through Heirlooms 197

Thomas Jefferson's Commentary 197

Chapter 15 Self-Directed IRAs-The Opportunities and Pitfalls 200

Making the Most Out of your Self-Directed IRA 201


Appendix A Defining the Ratios 204

Appendix B Modern Coin Dealers 207

Appendix C Enabling Legislation and its Long Term Influence on the Series 208

Appendix D Trends in The U.S. Mint's Weekly Sales Report 223

Appendix E Master Mintage Listings of All Proof Eagles 1986 to 2008 225

Appendix F Master Mintage Listings of All Mint State Eagles 1986 to 2008 228

Appendix G Master Mintage Listings of Modern Commemoratives 231

Commemorative Coinage 1982-Present 236

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