(Temecula, California) -- Rare coins soared 25 percent in value over the past year and 248 percent the past ten years, according to the Luxury Investments Index in the recently-released Knight Frank 2013 Wealth Report. However, numismatic experts caution that before making a purchase investors should beware of unscrupulous "boiler room" dealers who may promise more than they deliver.
"Rare coins are an enjoyable hobby and part of some people's long-term portfolios, but buyers should remember the important adage: If you don't know rare coins, you better know your rare coin dealer," said Jeffrey Bernberg, President of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.com).
Founded in 1955, the PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country's top rare coin and paper money dealers. PNG members must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics ( http://www.pngdealers.com/category.php?category_id=6) in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.
"The authoritative Knight Frank Wealth Report and the recent, record-breaking auction of the first rare coin to reach the $10 million dollar level have prompted more people to look into rare coins as long-term investments," Bernberg explained.
"As with stocks, bonds, fine art or real estate, the numismatic market is a highly specialized field. We encourage buyers to read about coins, learn the basics and work with a professional, expert dealer before making a large investment. PNG members must demonstrate knowledge, responsibility and integrity in their business dealings, and must agree to binding arbitration to settle any unresolved disagreements over numismatic property."
A complete list of PNG member-dealers can be found online atwww.PNGdealers.com.
The full Knight Frank 2013 Wealth Report is available free online at http://my.knightfrank.com/research-reports/the-wealth-report.aspx.