One thing that has bothered me is that sometimes collectors are buying the label or “glamour” factor rather than the coin. For instance, there is such a thing as a first strike coin. As the name implies, it was one of the first coins the mint made on a new dye. In the old days, it truly meant it was the first coin off the press. Today, there really is no such thing as a first strike, or so says the U.S. Mint. If you see something labeled as a first strike, the prices are probably inflated just for the “glamour” factor. In short, are you buying that piece of paper that says first strike, or are you buying a rare coin of real value? Call American Federal Rare Coin & Bullion at 1-800-221-7694 and we can help you understand the trends.