By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …..

Today’s rare coin market has the highest number of active investors looking to diversify their financial portfolios than any other time in history, and each of them has entered the market with various goals. Some are looking for gains, some are building legacies to leave for their heirs and some are just looking for a safe haven from equities, the dollar and the banks. Regardless as to their motivation, investors are looking at rare coins as important investments, and certain segments of this market have proven to be a great hedge for people’s portfolios.

coin-group-aHistorically, many investors looking for a hedge have turned to the big three precious metals – silver, gold and platinum. But these markets have dramatically changed over the last five to 10 years. So the question becomes how should an investor hedge a traditional portfolio while maintaining liquidity and keeping volatility at bay? The dictionary defines a hedge as: an act or means of preventing complete loss of a bet, an argument, an investment, or the like. So, a hedge really isn’t about growth as much as it is about providing stability when markets become instable. The rare coin market holds far more hedge tools that most are aware of. Here are a few of the most efficient:

Semi-Key Date Rarities

Semi-key date coins are exactly what they sound like. They are coins that are considered too rare to be classified as generic but are still not as elusive as the rarest key dates. Every issue has its semi-key dates. Not only are they fun to research, but they work especially well as a hedge.

Private and Territorial Gold

oregon_goldDuring the California Gold Rush miners were challenged with discovering safe and economical means of getting their gold to the east coast for assay and coining. The desperate need for a branch mint had been outweighed by a combination of politics and sectional rivalries. The federal government refused to authorize a mint for any of the gold mining areas. While the U.S. Constitution expressly prohibited the states from issuing their own money, there was no law against individuals doing so, hence the existence of this very intriguing portion of the market. Even with the decline in the value of gold over the last four years, the values of these types of coins have remained steadfast.

Carson City Coinage

ccgoldCarson City coinage has always had the ability to stand on its own and has never had to rely on a market maker in order to achieve its status. Simply said, this is an issue that is appealing to both investors and collectors alike due to its amazing history, popularity and rarity. It remains very steadfast in the market, including silver dollars or gold issues such as eagles or $20 Liberties.

Owning anything from the Carson City Mint largely ensures its equity is safe.


These are just a few of the areas in the market that can fill the need for a hedge tool without the volatility that exists in the equities. The process of finding what to purchase first starts with identifying the motivation for the buy before ever spending a dime. A trusted professional can help.

About Douglas LePre

Douglas LePre has been servicing clients of the numismatic community for 30 years and has a comprehensive understanding of the marketplace and its products. Having placed some of the scarcest coins in the market Douglas has established himself as someone who recognizes quality and makes every effort to ensure that his clientele get the highest class of rarity for their portfolio.

Douglas LePre
Senior Portfolio Manager
Blanchard and Company, Inc.

Carson City Gold Coins Currently Available on eBay

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1874-CC $5 Carson City Liberty Half Eagle gold NGC G4 CAC RARE~!!! Current Price: $1349.0
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1892-CC $5 Gold Liberty PCGS VF20 * Carson City Gold * #34378579 Current Price: $875.0
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GOLD 1893 cc CARSON CITY Eagle $10 Ten Dollar Liberty Coin Current Price: $1695.0
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1876-CC $20 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle PCGS VF30 Gold Circulated Coin A4238 Current Price: $2500.0
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Amazing 1891-CC PCGS MS 61 United States $10 Liberty Head 90% Gold Coin RR991 Current Price: $1425.0
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1880-CC $5 Gold Liberty PCGS F15 CAC * Carson City Gold * #83949558 Current Price: $1155.0
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  1. How can an article on rare coins not mention graded coins? Buy PCGS or NGC graded coins. If they are for a portfolio then buy them in the investment grade of MS65 or higher. Lower grades tend to follow bullion exclusively and as such are a limited hedge.