Ft. Worth ANA Spring show report March 29, 2010
March 2010 - Ft. Worth report 

I'm typing this at 25,000 feet after leaving ANA's National Money Show in Ft. Worth, Texas.  The ANA's Spring show is a must for national dealers.  The show was fairly well-attended, the people from the land of steaks and fajitas are very friendly, and I met a large number of interested collectors.  I also saw some coins I had never seen before, including two 1821 B-6 quarters and a 1923-D dime.  And certainly the 1849 Double Eagle with its 1933 counterpart was a very popular exhibit.  I want to thank the ANA, Executive Director Larry Shepherd, the staff, the contractors, and a large number of dedicated volunteers for putting on such a great show.  

Sales were about as expected for my first show in Texas.  Buying was excellent - - I bought some really great coins.  The newps include partial sets of Seated half dimes, dimes and halves that I purchased from a Texas gentleman who has been my customer for quite a while.  I also acquired lots of other coins, and thus I now have over 150 new coins that aren't yet on the website.  Highlights of the newps are on the right side of this page.  Beginning with this issue, I will list only the highlights of the newps, to keep my newsletter from becoming too long. 
Some of the coins I acquired are quite difficult to find, so if you need one, please e-mail or call me before someone else does.  As usual, I will be posting the pictures over the next few days, but you can reserve any coin now and I will try to get your coin(s) pictures up first.  You can then make a decision after the pictures of the coins have been posted.

April offers a large number of local shows, continuing until Whitman's Nashville show in mid-May.  If you attend a show where I have a table, please stop by!  Thank you again for your business and the baseball season is about to start!  (Go, Phillies!)

                                            - - - Rich Uhrich

So, Rich, why aren't you doing the Central States show?
Two reasons.  First, the Hershey, PA show is that weekend.  I feel strongly about supporting your local coin club.  I grew up in Hershey and I am on the board of the local coin club, so I intend to always do this show.  I have always done very well here.  Coin collectors in Central Pennsylvania have supported me since this business was in its infancy; in fact if they had not done so, the business probably wouldn't be here today.  And these collectors expect to see and meet with the local collector who has become a nationally-known dealer.
Second, this year's show is in Wisconsin.  I disagreed with the Wisconsin sales tax authorities who said that I owed in sales tax twice the amount of gross sales I had at the ANA show in 2007.  I had paid my sales tax and I believed I owed nothing.  After many, many months of high-stress wrangling, the tax authorities agreed that in fact, I did owe nothing.  However, this experience led me to a business decision to discontinue retail business operations in Wisconsin.  I might walk the floor for a show in Wisconsin, but it is highly unlikely that I will ever have a table at another show in Wisconsin.  I have explained this position to my dealer friends located in Wisconsin, and all of them understand my decision.
Highlights of New Purchases!

Bust Half Dimes -  1796 Fine (at PCGS), 1829 AU-58 with great color, 1837 Small 5C PCGS VF-35.

Seated Half Dimes - 1840 With Drapery F-15, 1844-O Small o VG-10 plus a G-VG Small o (coin turn reverse), 1850-O EF, 1851 AU, 1852 VF, 1872-S AU.

Bust Dimes - 1809 VF sm. obv. scrs., 1814 STATESOFAMERICA EF.

Seated Dimes - 1843-O VG-10, 1845-O F,  most 1860's S-mint dimes VG or F, 1863 AU (at PCGS and on hold), 1868 EF and VF, 1869 VF, 1871-S VF, 1872-S VG-10, 1878-CC F, 1879 thru 1881 low grades, 1885-S EF rev. corrosion, 1891 PCGS PR-63 nice color.

Bust Quarters - none this time. 

Seated Quarters - 1839 Closed Claws ANACS XF-45 nice color, 1849-O ANACS G-4, 1853 No Arrows NGC F-15, 1860-S PCGS VG-8, 1868 PCGS VF-35, 1871-S PCGS VG-10, 1884 PCGS MS-61, 1885 PCGS XF-40, 1887 PCGS VF-35.

Bust Halves - 1807 Sm. Stars Good, 1810 PCGS VF-35 nice color, 1826 O-103 VF, 1827 O-123 ANACS F-12, 1827 O-127 F/VF, 1829 PCGS XF-45, 1833 O-115 VF/F.

Seated Halves - 1839 W/ Drapery EF, 1840 EF, 1841 PCGS and ANACS XF-40, plus two raw ones, 1844 AU, 1844-O EF, 1849 NGC XF-45, 1849-O EF, 1855 VF, 1857-S VG, 1862 VF, 1863 VF, 1864 F, 1865-S EF, 1872-CC AG/G, 1875-CC F, 1879 F, 1883 VF-35, 1889 PCGS VF-30, 1891 VG.

Seated Dollars - 1845 NGC AU-53, 1854 Unc. rev. scrs., 1859-S NGC AU-53 (on hold), 1867 PCGS AU-58, 1871-CC VF repaired, 1872-CC EF details.
Other Coins - 1864 PCGS MS-63 3c Silver, 1875-CC 20c VG-10, 1915-D/D nickel VF, and a large herd of two-feather Buffaloes.
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