Baltimore Show Report... a few newps... and a couple of milestones...
I was able to make both Thursday Afternoon (albeit late) and today's show too. I wasn't able to make it to the Thursday show until 3:30. I had two collecting goals for the show... 1) a lightly circulated (AU-ish) Seated Liberty Dollar w/Motto for the 7070 definitely certified, and 2) a nice piece of Early Copper. My first stop was by Tom Reynold's Table just to scan what he had for Middle Dates... as usual... very nice and I knew I had to come back. I stopped by a number of tables only looking for SLD's. There were plenty of no Motto's in AU grades all over the show, but finding one with Motto proved to be a bit more of a challenge. One of the first tables I stopped at was Gerry Fortin's. Beautiful Dollars... too beautiful on My Budget! However, he also had a nice array of Seated Half Dollars. I needed a Seated w/Motto Half as well, but it wasn't a real priority. I'd been watching a few of the more common dates on various auction sites but none dated 1866 that also fit my XF45 criteria... until now. Pardon my crappy cell phone images (camera battery is on the charger).
So, that was the end of the day on Thursday. I had seen maybe 4 or 5 coins that met my criteria but I hadn't been able to cover the entire floor in that short time, so I knew I'd have to come back. Here was the crowd at the end of the day. It was still pretty brisk but had definitely calmed down a bit...
So, I made it back today just after lunch and started where I had left off from yesterday. After walking the entire floor and seeing only about 6 XF and AU coins I figured I might start looking for Reeded Edge CBH's instead... since that was the only other coin I'd need to complete the 7070 I'd been working of for forever. I'd gotten a few other Type coins from Wayne Herndon before and he had this piece at a pretty good price
As for the Seated Dollar, it came down to two... this little lady followed me home. Common date, but it left enough room in the budget for other coins, I finally got to complete my 7070, and the True Views were a plus.
I was pretty pumped up for finishing my set but I had to make it around to the EAC tables too. One thing I noticed on my search for SLD's was that it seemed a lot of vendors had at least some higher end Copper... not much, but definitely there. Tom's table was pretty busy but I saw a few Middle Dates I'd been looking at the previous day still available, and Butternut was set up right there too, so I stopped and checked out Col. Ellsworth's table too. There were a couple of Classic Heads that caught my eye, but I really wanted a "statement piece" for my Middle Dates and I knew the coin I wanted... again the first year of issue: 1816.
As I put the smoldering ashes of my checkbook away I got these shots of the floor as I was leaving... very satisfied with how the show turned out and the pieces I acquired today...
Thanks all... Leo
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