Do you think the market is soft for Pedigree coins? To me, it appears that the market has become soft and the Pedigree collector may have an opportunity to pick up some of the higher “intrinsic value” gold coins at a bargain. For example, one of my favorite (but lesser known) pedigrees is the Champagne Lanson collection/hoard. Since I cover this story in my book, I will not go into detail on the pedigree other than to say it is one of the most interesting “newly discovered” finds in the last few years. And when you consider:
1.) the intrinsic value of the coin (the raw gold value)
2.) the market value for a similar non-pedigree coin, and
3.) the collectible value (premium over intrinsic for a comparable date/mintmark coin)
you will find that the purchase price for the pedigree coin contains little premium for the pedigree.
I have also seen bargains in the Rive d’Or Collection, Wells Fargo Hoard and Suwannee River Collection. While these pedigrees do not have as interesting stories as the Champagne Lanson Collection, they are still nice additions to a pedigree collection when you can get them for no premium addition to the purchase price.
As a word of caution, not all gold pedigree coins are bargains. Some are still priced well above realistic market pricing - - and they are not being purchased. This is more of a reflection of the sellers’ philosophy than the market “buying” conditions.