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Central States Show Report

May 1, 2013 Bill's Blog

I’m not a writer. You know that. I know that. So who am I trying to kid? I have great intentions when it comes to show reports; really I do. I spend countless hours in my hotel room, on an airplane, driving home from the airport, thinking about what I’d like to say. And then it comes time to sit down at the computer and my mind goes blank. Oh well.

A lot has happened recently here at Numismatic Americana. First I would like to thank all of you who contacted me regarding the recent personnel changes. Thank you. I have a new photographer who just finished imaging the new coins and putting them up on the web site. Look them over; I’m sure you’ll agree they are top notch. As a one man operation I’d also like to thank those whose emails were a little slow in getting a response. I promise to do my best. Now on to the show…

I was originally scheduled to arrive in Chicago EARLY Tuesday morning. But I decided to change all that and get there mid-day. I didn’t really miss much in my opinion. I went straight to auction lot viewing to look at some things for clients. Wow! The auction viewing room was packed! Seeing that certainly raised my expectations for the show. But I was reserved and didn’t get my hopes up for the show starting on Wednesday morning.

Set up was what I would call typical. Lots of hand shaking and pleasantries exchanged. But only for a short while. It didn’t take long before the show was in full swing with a constant flow of collectors and clients coming by the table. One of the good things about a show with a major auction associated with it is that it tends to bring out the more serious collectors. The sale of the Eric Newman patterns and the 1913 Liberty nickel did just that. In fact I would say that there were more advanced collectors here than at any show in my recent memory. I was thinking about this on the way home and realized that we sold more BIG coins there than little ones. Big as in $50k or more. It appears that there is a lot of money chasing coins right now. That brings up a point I’ve wanted to mention for quite some time. There is an old saying…”You can overpay for the wrong coins, but rarely do you overpay for the right ones”. Never has this been truer than now. “Coins with Character” (Doug Winter), “Coins that matter” (Joe O’Connor)…these catch phases ring loud and clear now.

I was able to buy quite a few spectacular pieces in Chicago. Unfortunately some of them didn’t make it home with me or were sold over the phone to client who couldn’t attend the show. A few of them are

1831 25C PCGS MS65 CAC

1806 50c PCGS MS64 CAC

1861-D $G1 PCGS MS63 CAC

1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific Octagonal PCGS MS64 CAC

1836 $1 J-58 PCGS PR63 CAC

In addition to the above I was able to buy so really cool coins for my web site. By the time you read this they will all be up and listed (with photographs) for your consideration. Check them out and them call me or send an email (that I promise to answer promptly) if you see something of interest.

Remember…I love to talk coins.

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Notes on Our Next Show

Whitman Coin Expo

March 26-29, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

If you have items to SELL please stop by our table and we will be happy to discuss purchasing them

We will also have many items with us for you to view. If you are looking for anything in particular, or have an interest in anything on our website, please email or give us a call, prior to the show and we will make sure we bring this item for you to view.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.

Show Schedule

Whitman Coin Expo
March 26-29, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Central States Numismatic Society
April 22-25, 2015
Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL

GSNA Convention
May 14-16, 2015
Ukrainian Cultural Center
Somerset, NJ

Colorado Springs Coin Show
June 25-28, 2015
Freedom Financial Services Expo Center
Colorado Springs, CO

Whitman Coin Expo
July 16-19, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Missouri Numismatic Society 55th Annual Coin Show
July 23-25, 2015
The Saint Charles Convention Center
Saint Charles, MO

American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money
August 11-15, 2015
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

Whitman Coin Expo
November 5-8, 2015
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

The 59th Houston Money Show
December 3-5, 2015
Geo. R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX