A Collector’s Guide to Some of the World’s Rarest Items

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A Collector’s Guide to Some of the World’s Rarest Items

Whether you’re new to collecting and you’re worried about making some very expensive mistakes, or you’re interested in other items you could collect, you need to know what you should be looking out for. This is especially true in the world of collectables because, although if you’re too enthusiastic you could be ripped off, if you’re too coy then you might be tempted to overlook an extremely valuable item. You need to know your stuff if you want to make the most out of your collections, so read this guide to collecting some of the rarest items.




You only have to keep your eyes open to find some of the rarest coins in circulation in the US – you can buy collections, or check out the auctions, but if you’ve got a good eye you could be surprised to find out how much your cents are worth.

Look out for the 1970s Small Date Lincoln cent with a Double Die Obverse. This is a coin for around $3000, and you can identify it by the weakness of the word ‘Liberty’ and ‘In God We Trust’ are doubled compared to other similar coins. Going for around $500, there’s the 1972 version of the same coin, and you can detect this by the overlapping of the writing on the coin. Another coin to look out for, which might be a little easier to find, is the 1982 No Mint Mark Roosevelt Dime. This dime doesn’t have the mint mark which would normally be visible in the bottom left area of the upright coin. This is worth around $50, so keep an eye out. You won’t regret it.

Fine Wine

This is becoming an even more popular pastime, and it’s one that could make you some serious dollars. The shares in wine collections have survived the impact of two economic recessions so far, and this might be part of the reason that it’s becoming a magnet for fraudsters. So, make sure you can be confident of the traceability of the wine you buy, and make sure you invest in good quality fine wine storage. Octavian Vaults will advise you on storage and to help reduce fraud risk. Increases in fraud have led some chateaus to only sell directly to their customers; therefore, one of the safest ways to avoid fraud is to take a wine vacation to avoid relying on traders. However, you should be able to locate some Chateau Latour fine wine which is fine to buy abroad if you can have it traced.


Worldwide, there are many stamps to look out for, but there are three that would be incredibly good finds. So, listen up: the Penny Black is the first ever stamp made, but a relatively large number were printed. The Inverted Jenny is a US stamp issued in 1918, but it should be recognizable as an upside-down plane. The Whole Country is Red is another historical misprint; brought out in 1968, the graphic shows a map of China in red, however Taiwan is left white. Don’t let any of these rare stamps fall through your grasp. 

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