Happy New Year! Our Pre-FUN edition has a review of 2008, our wishes for 2009, and a tribute to Jim O'Donnell. The FUN show is January 8 - 11, but we will not be there on Sunday. We will be sharing Table #217 with New Orleans Rare Coins. Stop by and say hello!
|2008 - - COIN YEAR IN REVIEW |
COIN WE SOLD - - 1823/2 quarter, PCGS VG-8, the Atwater coin. We had 5 serious potential buyers but
unfortunately, only one coin. To
our other 4 customers, we're still looking.
FINANCIAL EVENT - - The U. S. financial crisis and losses in the stock
EVENT DURING THE YEAR THAT WASN'T EXPECTED ON JANUARY 1, 2008 - - The
election of Barack Obama as President.
Regardless of what your political beliefs are, he wasn't even on
most people's radar screen on January 1, 2008.
LOSS OF THE YEAR EXCLUDING THE STOCK MARKET - - Death of Jim O'Donnell,
veteran dealer in Bust and Seated coinage.
SURPRISING COIN DISCOVERY - - 1944-S Steel Cent discovered, NGC MS-66,
sold for $373,750. Only two 1944-S
steel cents are known, and this coin is by far the highest grade 1944
steel or 1943 copper cent.
NEW BOOK ON BUST AND/OR SEATED COINS - - Early U. S. Quarters 1796 - 1838, by
COIN SHOW - - ANA's World's Fair of Money, in Baltimore. We often had people three deep at our table, and our sales total was more than the combined total of the Milwaukee and Denver ANA's.
AUCTION (Note: We are a little
biased on this one!) - - Stack's sale of The Rich Uhrich Collection and
other important properties.
AUCTION OF A SPECIALIZED COLLECTION - - The Ed Price collection of Early
Dimes and Early Quarter Eagles.
SURPRISING GRADING SERVICE DEVELOPMENT - - PCGS eliminates bodybags,
switches over to "Genuine" slabs.
REFRESHING TREND FROM THE U.
S. MINT - - They're cutting back some
of the product line!
NEW COIN PERIODICAL (Note: We are a
little biased on this one!) - - Rich Uhrich Rare U. S. Coins' monthly (or
COMPLIMENT - - "Longacre" from the PCGS Forum referred to my table
assistant/wife as my daughter.
WE ARE GLAD WE DON'T SELL NOW - - Morgan dollars, especially generics.
OF THE YEAR - - The person in front of me at the Post Office at noon on
December 24, who dropped off a large stack of Christmas cards. On that day the Post Office closed at 1
COIN THAT SOMEONE IS "BURIED" IN - - 1805 quarter, B-2, R3, MS-66 NGC
$402,500 after it sold exactly one year earlier for $74,750.
COIN THAT SOLD FOR A SURPRISINGLY HIGH PRICE THAT MIGHT BE A BARGAIN
SOMEDAY - - 1867 quarter, PCGS MS-63, nice toning and maybe will upgrade,
$86,250, vs. the PCGS Price Guide listing of $3,000.
RESTAURANT ACCOMPANYING A COIN SHOW - - Ruth's Chris Steak House in Baltimore.
RESTAURANT - - Just about any concession stand on the floor of a coin
CONVOLUTED COIN SHOW LAYOUT - - Coinfest, Stamford, CT. It starts in a decent size meeting room
with about 50 dealers, connected to a smaller room with 30 dealers, with
an alcove with 5 dealers, plus 5 dealers in the hotel hallway. If you're not in the first room, it's
like being at the kids' table at Thanksgiving dinner.
- MOST UNUSUAL COIN - - An 1804 half dollar (actually an altered 1805).
WE APPRECIATE THE MOST - - YOU, our customers. We sincerely appreciate you entrusting
us enough to support our business.
And you are the reason in the business's third full year, we have
had record sales each year. Thank
you and let's all have a wonderful 2009!
|Trivia Question |
| TRIVIA QUESTION - - Considering Seated half dimes, dimes, twenty cent pieces, quarters, halves and dollars, and considering the most expensive coin ever auctioned for each denomination, which Seated series' most expensive coin ever auctioned is the lowest cost?
Prize: The first correct answer gets a 2008 Unc. American Silver Eagle. A full set of Rules can be found on the website, on theAbout Us page near the bottom. We still haven't had a winner for this question, we will run it until we do.
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We hope you and your family enjoyed the holidays! Come see us at FUN, Spring ANA in Portland, Oregon, and/or Baltimore!Rich Uhrich
Rich Uhrich Rare U.S. Coins Inc.
|OUR WISHES FOR 2009|
- An active coin market.
- Some improvement in the U. S. economy.
- After the 4 anniversary designs for the 2009 Lincoln cent, that the decision is made to abolish the cent denomination.
- An improvement in NGC'S holders, so they don't obscure parts of the coin.
A successful, happy and enjoyable year for you!
|What Made Jim O'Donnell A Great Dealer
consistently was able to obtain and sell great coins.
had an amazing memory and was able to recall what coins were sold when and for
was able to observe by absence - - if he hadn't seen a scarce date coin for a
while, he would consider it to be rare.
would advise a customer when the coin he/she was considering wasn't the right
coin for that collector.
knew the diagnostic features of the rare Bust and Seated coins.
was able to compare several rare coins and immediately determine which was the
rarest in that group.
advised collectors on their collections and their collecting strategy.
actively mentored new and less experienced dealers in Bust and Seated coins.
was frugal when warranted - - he lived in the same (rent-controlled) apartment
in New York City
for 40 years.
10. For many
dealers, it's almost impossible to get them to pick up a dinner check. When you were with Jim, it was almost
impossible to get him to NOT pick up the check.
We will miss you, Jim.