Brief Show Report, no NEWPs :- (
I attended the monthly Melbourne (FL) coin show today.
I've attended this ~30 dealer show nearly every month, since moving here almost 20 years ago - and I have NEVER seen the show more crowded than today. I arrived 10 minutes late and there was still a line to get in.
I'm guessing that many of the attendees are of the age where they have gotten their Covid shots, and are feeling safer now - and want to add to their precious metals stocks and collections! They were checking temps at the sign in table, and enforcing the mask policy (as best they could - I saw a dealer with no mask, that was handed a mask by one of the promoters and told to put it on). The spacing/distancing 6ft rule was posted, but pretty much ignored. There was plenty of buzz - one fellow was chiding another for not answering his phone - the reply was "I can't hear it ringing in here!".
Far and away the biggest sellers was silver, in just about any form. I saw stacks (literally) of 10 oz bars going for $300 ea at one table. Another dealer friend had sold a PILE of rounds at $29 ea within one hour of the show opening to the public, and most of his junk silver coins were gone as well, including cull Morgans at $30 ea. We were recalling when they went begging at $15 each not so long ago. A dealer from J-ville that mans a large corner location with a helper that maintains a large stock of silver and gold was swamped the whole time - I couldn't get near enough to look at his coins.
I also saw some collector coins moving, mostly raw items, like Type, early Lincoln cents and some better Morgan dollars. There was little in the way of high end slabbed coins to choose from, and frankly much of the stuff was just....stuff. The dealers I talked to have been having very good shows (Chattanooga was mentioned multiple times, as well as the mid-sized Lakeland show), along with the often repeated mantra 'nothing nice has been coming in'....
As such, I couldn't find anything I wanted for myself or for stock. But I'm closing a deal with a forum member on a rather big coin for my walker set, so I'm still a little giddy from that anyway.
Saw an elderly couple trying to get an offer on approximately 3 dozen 'Morgan' dollars - all fakes. They appeared lightly circulated, dipped, and AT'd. But at least they're still silver, right? No - how do you know? Paul, bring the scale over here....see? Ugh - I really hate to see that!
Here's a photo of the bourse area, about 20 minutes after opening to the public: