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My first cherrypicking attempt at the Houston Spring Coin Show

I spent about an hour at this show today. There were a few new dealers, but lots of the same ones, too. There were lots of very young people (less than 12) running around and buying and selling coins for profits.
I only got one picture of a dealer's table. Quick question - for those of you who do show reports and stuff, do you ask a dealer to take a picture of their inventory? I usually do, but I'm just wondering if it's necessary. Anyways, this table had lots of fugio coppers/cents, and I thought it was cool, because when I was a bit younger I thought they were the rarest coins in the world. There's also a chain cent.
Other treasures that were at this show were a pattern V-nickel (I can't recall the date or Judd number but it was pretty cool,) a 1,000 oz silver bar, and a Liberty $20 in a regency holder. I failed to get any information or images of any of these.

I moved on to a table with trays of all kinds of coins, mostly junk silver. Here's what I got:

These first three were in a $1 tray with mostly buffalo nickels, liberty head nickels and Indian head cents.
1910 Great Britain Threepence, $1 (1.41 grams sterling silver, I thought this was a Maundy coin when I bought it but apparently they used the same threepence design on the circulating and Maundy coins. Oh well. Melt value is $1.05.)
1922 Great Britain Sixpence, $1 (2.8 grams .500 silver, so about $1.14 melt.)
1963 Australia Sixpence, $1 (also 2.8 grams .500 silver.)
1944-D Philippines Ten Centavos, $1 (2 grams .75 silver, so about $1.20 melt.)

The big ones were these two.
1853 Arrows & Rays Quarter, $6.50.
1838 Dime, $2.50.
They're both PO-01 to FR-02, but they're still worth a bit more than what I payed for them.

I didn't buy anything else this time because I didn't see anything I was looking for.

Young Numismatist


  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,592 ✭✭✭✭✭


  • RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 449 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You did well on the no drapery dime.

  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,264 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I always ask permission of a dealer to take a picture of his inventory. Wouldn’t think not to.

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  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 10,869 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The first photo has to be Pierre Fricke’s table.

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  • johnny010johnny010 Posts: 869 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I always ask.

  • daltexdaltex Posts: 3,459 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It might not be strictly necessary, but it is courteous and I can't think why you'd want to anger or upset someone you might want to business with in five minutes or five years.

  • logger7logger7 Posts: 7,766 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Think of the amount of work a dealer goes through to assess every single coin that comes into his inventory. The challenges and expenses of coin shows, travel, set up and display. Must be overwhelming at times.

  • DoubleEagle59DoubleEagle59 Posts: 8,039 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You have to ask for permission, as you are not in a public place.

    If you are in public, then you can photograph anything or anyone you wish.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @dunkleosteus430.... Thanks for the report. Good pictures.. and yes, proper to ask permission to photograph. Cheers, RickO

  • KliaoKliao Posts: 5,370 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Neat pickups. And yes, I would always ask, even if I wanted to take a picture of a single coin.

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  • dunkleosteus430dunkleosteus430 Posts: 469 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 30, 2023 5:20AM

    I did ask to take a picture. Just wondering!
    Also, yes, it was Pierre Fricke's table - really neat stuff over there, even though it's not what I collect.

    Young Numismatist

  • DCAMDCAM Posts: 298 ✭✭✭

    To see the image full size, right click your mouse and select "open image in new tab" then go click on that new photo.

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