It is worth pointing out that many of the Franklin Mint's other offerings do have an aftermarket value, especially their collectible plates and figurines, so I want to be real clear that I'm not saying the Franklin Mint (and its kin) are rip-offs. I just want to point out to coin collectors that the rounds and tokens sold by these mints, because they are not the products of official government mints, are not in the same class as coins that are.
I have seen some very sad cases of people who bought third-party mint "coins" as an investment, only to learn 20 years later that they can't even sell this stuff because nobody wants it. Therefore, in the hope of preventing more folks from suffering this devastating coin investment mistake, I've put together my personal list of the top five coin investments that I personally avoid making. I'm not trying to give anybody any investment advice exactly, since nobody can predict where the market might go, but I would like to at least share with the you the types of "investment coins" that I don't buy, and why, so that you can make a more informed decision about your own investment choices. At the end of the article, I describe a few of my favorite coin investment vehicles. You can find it all in My Top 5 Worst Coin Investments.