Scarce modern US commemorative coins may well be a great investment to make now. Over the last two decades, the Untied States had minted numerous commemorative silver and gold bullion-grade coins. Most of these commemorate key individuals, events and locations in American history. Themes such as African-American Patriots, National Parks, Historic Landmarks and the Olympics are artistically remembered in this coinage. These coins have been minted for collectors and investors, not for general circulation. Most of these coins are struck in both brilliant uncirculated and proof grades.
Discerning the Best Investments in Modern Commemoratives
These coins can make excellent investments. Those with the best investment potential are the ones with the lowest mintages. Interestingly, most of the low mintages are in the uncirculated rather than the proof versions. This contrasts with most other coin situations, where the proof is more valuable than the uncirculated strike.
The following five, having the lowest mintages (all under 10,000 pieces struck) in the uncirculated grade, can be considered scarce modern US commemorative coins:
Coin Condition Mintage
1997 $5 Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary UNC 5,202
2000 $10 Library of Congress UNC 6,683
1996 $5 Smithsonian 150th Anniversary UNC 9,068
1996 $5 Olympic Flag Bearers UNC 9,174
1996 $5 Olympic Cauldron/Flame UNC 9,210
Source: (Ganz, 2010)
By contrast, most of the other modern commemoratives have mintages in the hundreds of thousands or millions. For example, the 1986 Statue of Liberty fifty-cent piece had over 7,800,000 specimens struck.
Obtain these Rare Modern Coins at a Comfortable Price
As you can see, some of these commemoratives have only a few thousand pieces minted. They are not old enough yet to have risen greatly in value. You can find these sparsely minted coins on Amazon, eBay, or at quality coin dealers. Your outlay today for coins such as these are not as high as you might expect. As time goes on, their value will increase and your investment will grow. Coins like these make good sense for the modern collector/investor with dedication but limited resources.
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