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Guidelines for Rare Currency Investment. Five simple points. Quality is critical. Rarity is a consideration. Choose mainstream collecting areas. Never forget the impact of a provenance. And the fifth point? The price.


Coinworks knows its product intimately. And with more than forty five years in the industry, Coinworks knows the rare currency market. And this is knowledge that is imparted to clients to assist in their decision making process.

And while price is obviously a consideration, and paying a fair market price has to be a prime goal in any purchase, it is equally important to know the direction that the market is taking to harness future growth and to maximise that growth potential.

Coinworks position in the market place and our network of contacts ensures that we have an intimate knowledge of the market’s workings and its potential. Our promotions and publicity keep one ‘eye’ on today’s market, with the other ‘eye’ firmly directed towards future activity.

Quality is a prime consideration

Quality equates to rarity.

Once a buyer sets high quality standards into a rare currency selection process, you have immediately invoked rarity. The classic example of this is the 1930 Penny where there are approximately 1500 available to collectors, of which less than 45 are premium quality.

Prime quality is an insurance against market fluctuations and also a strong contributor to liquidity.

Rarity is also an important consideration

A coin can be rare because only 2 or 3 were struck. But a coin can also be rare simply because it is one of the finest known.

Rarity is an important consideration in any coin purchase because, with fewer specimens available, there will be a higher comparative demand and less likelihood that a price will be challenged in the market place. That helps insulate the coin against downward price pressures.

Quality and price – a critical relationship

Buying quality doesn't mean spending outrageously at any price. The balance between quality and price needs to be carefully considered to maximise the investment opportunity.

But it is equally important to know the direction that the market is taking to harness future growth and to maximise that growth potential. Buy cheaply today (grab a bargain) – and if the coin is going nowhere from this point on – the bargain has been a poor investment.

While it's true that Coinworks is associated with high value pieces, we guide clients at all dollar levels. The key is to look for genuine quality in an area of the market that suits your budget. That's why we advise against purchasing a coin that has been discounted because of damage such as an edge knock.

The widest possible buying audience

At Coinworks we particularly favour coins that are highly historical because they embrace the widest possible buying audience. This in turn underpins capital growth and enhances liquidity.

Provenance a key issue

Provenance is a key consideration. Not only from the legal perspective of clear title. Historically we know that ‘great collectors ’tend to own great coins so a strong provenance will more often than not re--affirm the calibre of the piece.

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Currency Rarities - an important part of a balanced investment strategy


The rare currency market can protect your wealth in the short term and accrue capital growth over a given time span.

Currency rarities are a genuine alternative asset class with a proven track record of growth. Naturally, consideration must always be given to your overall financial goals.

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