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Coins that are harder than the POP suggests?

Clackamas1Clackamas1 Posts: 617 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited April 5, 2023 12:10AM in U.S. Coin Forum

There are some coins where the POP says one thing but are impossible to find. Some coins are so hard to find yet the POP says yeah - you should see these coins - Nope.


  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 44,840 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There are a few dates/mintmarks where there is a BIG jump in price at the next higher grade and nice high-end examples of these coins get cracked out and are resubmitted for grading over and over again in an effort to get the next higher grade to cash in on big profits. In most cases the slab labels aren't turned in and the population reports are totally misleading as to the rarity of these coins.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What @PerryHall said above... plus, some of those with high pops are special and are tightly held for long periods... Cheers, RickO

  • Pnies20Pnies20 Posts: 1,862 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Red book varieties of CBH. Most are not rare but it is a popular way to collect the set and they get hoarded by collectors. When they come up at auction, they always bring strong prices.

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  • johnny010johnny010 Posts: 872 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’d tell you but that would mean two of us would be looking.

  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,666 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All of the early Walker pops in mint state are badly inflated.

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  • TrampTramp Posts: 614 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Someone must be hoarding the Lincoln 25-S and the 26-S. Incredible to watch coins jump a couple thousand dollars in an instant and then go to a + grade that jumps nearly $40K from 26-S Red MS64 to a MS64+. Wild!

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  • 124Spider124Spider Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Certainly there have been coins in conditions that I have had a great deal of trouble finding, despite them not being considered to be particularly rare. Most recently, I spent months finding a 1919 WLHD in AU50 or AU53 condition.

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