We understand that the market for rare, tangible assets can seem somewhat specialist and opaque looking in from the outside. So we created a range of Indices in rare stamps and coins to illustrate market movements and market potential for investment-grade material. To make them more robust and transparent, these indices are available to view on both Bloomberg Professional Services and Thomson Reuters.
These are not investable indices in the traditional sense, but take a significant series of fixed, transparent, published data points (coin and stamp prices) over time and show the annual movement in value. All the assets selected in the indices are investment-grade material, to provide a snapshot of the investment rather than the collector market (though the two do overlap of course – one of the strengths of these markets is that they are underpinned by collectors rather than investor sentiment).
There are three rare stamp indices, the GB30 Rarities, which tracks back more than 40 years, the GB250, a deeper and broader index with a 14-year history and the China study. In rare coins, 200 investment-grade English coins make up the GB200 Rare Coin Index.