The term "rare" gets floated around every so often, and in more case than not, the word is highly misunderstood. For discussions, mintage figures ( more specifically sold numbers as many of what remained at the mint met the melting pot ). Here in the United States, coins such as all those West Point quarters and certain American Silver Eagles sell for huge markup over issue. Others, such as the 1909s vdb Lincoln or 1916d Winged Liberty for their low total mintage. But what if I could show you hundreds of coins that had production figures with less than 5% of those mentioned and affordable on any budget? The most expensive less than $400, most less than $100. Oh, and a perfect grade of MS/PF 70. Impossible? Look beyond our borders. I'm lacking only seven of the Australian Wedge-Tailed Silver Eagles, PCGS and NGC graded 70's. The 2014 low relief proof, mintage 4,037, being the most expensive thus far set me back $350.00. (PCGS pop of 85) Only two coins in the entire series beginning in 2014 and running current have a mintage above 10,000 Nearly all of the 24 coin series (three finishes) are below 5,000.
Other countries have similar scenarios, so if your looking for a true rarity, look abroad. Remember, if it has a mintage of 5,000 then only that many people world-wide could own one. And that's a win no matter how you look at it.1 year ago