Charlotte Coin Show Report
Drove about 7hrs round trip just to get away from a hectic work week and have the day to myself.
Arrived at 8:55 on a cool morning. Greeter poked his head out and said... "Anyone want raffle tickets...come on in."
$5 for 6 tickets sounded like a good deal to get out of the cold. Why not? I am way ahead in the raffle game, having won a door prize of a bunch of Morgan's at a Cape Fear Show a few years ago
Made my way to one end of the room and quickly found Mickey. He let me peruse his proof sets. I ended up buying five from the early 1960's. Enjoyed his story about Sally Field (?). Swear I had heard the same story at another show. Pleasant fellow and a good start to the day.
Worked my way to aisle 2 and found another gentleman (sorry names are not my strong suit). Helped me with some SMS sets and I picked them up for $25.
Not much I could find in proof sets (or they weren't in the open.) Traffic seemed light, but it was early. Still, there seemed to be alot of business going on.
Alot of diversity and alot of Morgans! Large cents... Gold... Foreign... US/World Proof Silver....
Modern.... Toned Morgans? Checked all the boxes.
One Charlotte dealer (corner table) had a very nice spread and diversified stock.
Was ErrorsonCoins in Charlotte? Guy was super nice but always had customers so I didn't want to bother him.
Dealers dealing... The conversations were about as interesting as the coins. Overheard two guys talking.
Dealer #1 "Did so and so spend $1500 with you?"
Dealer #2 after a short pause " Nah... $5500... he bought all of...(couldn't make out)"
Don't know if it was gamesmanship or truth but the money seemed to be flowing.
Another guy was ready to deal. Vest pocket dealer maybe? Cargo shorts, tattoos, milk crate on wheels! I was admiring the setup when I glanced at the table seeing with multiple boxes of slabbed coins on the table working hard on a deal. Milk crate full of boxes. Sign taped to it said something about Consignments. I left them to deal.
Worked my way to the other side and found another proof set with a really nice looking Lincoln.
Hit the books in the back and bought some supplies. Only three hours in, and I was already tired. Spoke to my wife and decided to hit the 2x2 boxes. Lighting was not too good but took a gamble on an 1887 Morgan that looked clashed "E" for $30.
Headed home not long afterwards.
All told... $173 in coin purchases and $14 in books/supplies
$118 for 6 proof sets from 1960-64...nice blue toned Jeff nickels, a dime, and a purple Franklin.
$25 for 3 SMS set 1965-67... mostly because I have never owned them and wanted an example.
$30 for raw AU/BU 1877 Morgan.... likely a phantom "E" lol
$11 in supplies flips and a couple boxes
$3 for an old print World Commemorative Coin book at the YN table.
Felt pretty good about my first purchases easing back in Numismatics. Proofs to start this time around.
My lack of knowledge limits me from taking alot of risks.
My past experience with Morgans is something I will pursue in the future after taking the ANA grading class.
Big UNC Silver
Toners are neat, but I find myself preferring blast white.
DCAM Moderns are mesmerizing
Proofs are a fun treasure hunt
A few of the proof coins will be graded just for shot at high grade. More than a few toners are for grading and possible flips. Those blue Jeffs will be hard to part with, however.
In the future, I will spend a bit extra to fly to Charlotte (Dalton, Orlando, etc...) and a room. Get in two full days and not worry about a 7 hr drive.
Got some camera and copystand upgrades on the way... will post pics next week.