With all the ANA reports coming out (wish I could have been there too), I figured I'd give a small write-up on one of our local shows, which happen a few times a year. We are lucky to have that many.
As for the show, it's a one day (Saturday) affair and I usually try to get there a bit after opening. Seeing a full parking lot is usually a good sign, and it did confirm that the show was well-attended. Over time, I've seen those shows start to skew to a younger crowd, and this one was no exception. Quite a few of them were mentioning Instagram and how they liked some of the dealers were finally on that platform. One of them, Royal Coins from Houston has seen this trend and they make a good effort to talk to the younger folks that send them questions via direct message (DM). It's encouraging for the future, and shows need to take heed. None of that new audience (I don't like this either) is interested in jabber about conspiracies, the gold standard and other old folks grumbles. There were a couple tables like that, and they appeared sparsely populated by anyone under 75.
Bullion appeared to be very active, and I did see where MS graded gold coins (some in OGH) were going for melt plus a few dollars, one that stuck out was an 1886-S $10 MS-62 OGH that said melt +$20. Interesting. Some world coins were moving too, including Philippines and Mexican coins, I heard a couple dealers mention that their entire inventory of (country) was bought up.
Now on to what I got. This show I usually work on my bookshelf albums and get raw coins. I think the most exciting thing I found was someone selling Library of Coins albums for a buck each! I bought three so I could transfer some coins from old Whitman folders and start work on a circulated SLQ set. I also found a few nice toners and a nice raw 1853 half cent for my Dansco. I was able to negotiate better prices than what is on the holder too, so pay no mind to those prices!
Until the next show!
I’ve never owned a New Orleans gold piece before and I’ve wanted an example for a while now. I figured given their reasonable prices compared to Charlotte or Dahlonega that I’d wait for, at very least, an AU example.
This nice example came along at just the right time.
What do you guys think?
(It’s hard to photograph this one)
I love the large mint mark!
Looking for the right piece at a coin show can be a funny thing, especially at a very large show like the ANA.
At times, you will see the perfect coin in a dealer's case right away. Other times, you will walk around the show for days and only find something when another dealer or collector tells you where to find it.
Both of these scenarios happened to me at the ANA in Rosemont this week.
The first piece I purchased was a Jean Vernon medal. This stuck out to me right away amongst other medals and was a great addition to my bird-themed collection without "breaking the bank."
Another item on my wish list was an Argentina sunface 8 Reales. I had looked around the show for a few days and not had much success. Another dealer mentioned to me that he had seen something I might like at a table in the back. I went over to investigate, and it ended up being a successful referral!
This attractive circulated coin is the result:
Does anyone else have newps from the show to share?