Baltimore Show Report and Newps 

March 23, 2013

At the recent Baltimore show, lower-cost coins sold extremely well, but the higher-cost coins were slower than usual.  However, the table was busy constantly and when we added it up, we had a very good show. 

Our newps include some great Seated Quarters incl. a great 1851-O, Bust Halves incl. a nice 1830 Large Letters and Seated Halves incl. an 1849 Doubled Date in AU, an 1875-S Micro s in EF, and a nice 1870-CC in PCGS AU-50.  We also acquired some other interesting coins including a decent 1853-O NA half dime, an 1825 B-1 quarter, an 1877-S DDR Trade dollar, a PCGS slabbed 1878-CC Trade dollar, and a high-grade PCGS slabbed example of the rare 1873 Large/Small Date Shield Nickel. 
All of our coins including the following newps are posted on our website  If you see any coin(s) of interest, please call (717)533-2935 or (717)579-8238 (cell) or e-mail us at to reserve the coin(s)
that you want.

Seated Half Dimes1844-O Large O PCGS G-4125
Seated Half Dimes1853-O NA VF-20, sm. digs and scrs., full date1,000
Bust Dimes1814 JR-3 ANACS XF-45475
Seated Dimes1837 Small Date, EF-40475
Seated Dimes1877 AU-55, great toning!295
Bust Quarters1815 VG-10400
Bust Quarters1825 B-1 F-12 or close1,550
Seated Quarters1847-O PCGS XF-401,525
Seated Quarters1851-O PCGS XF-404,350
Seated Quarters1854-O Crumbled Obv. EF-45+950
Seated Quarters1875 VF-30, wonderful toning on both sides250
Seated Quarters1876-CC AU-53 Doubled mintmark325
Seated Quarters1887 PCGS VG-10600
Bust Halves1809 O-115 R2 EF-40, edge lettering error360
Bust Halves1830 Lg Let O-114 R-5 VF, lt. clnd.3,650
Bust Halves1831 O-101 R2 EF-40, obv. peripheral toning165
Bust Halves1834 O-104 R2 EF45170
Bust Halves1835 O-103 R2 EF-45170
Bust Halves1836 O-114 R2 AU55 clnd ex ANACS195
Seated Halves1839 No Drapery EF-451,500
Seated Halves1845 PCGS XF-45800
Seated Halves1845-O Tripled Date WB-106 VG-8225
Seated Halves1849 Dramatically Dbld. Date Half AU-53, clnd.4,950
Seated Halves1852 EF-452,400
Seated Halves1870-CC Half PCGS AU-5031,000
Seated Halves1875-S Micro s, EF-45, clnd.5,250
Seated Dollars1842 PCGS AU-501,250
Trade Dollars1877-S DDR @ EPU, AU-58, lt. clnd.675
Trade Dollars1878-CC PCGS VF-353,900
Nickels1873 FS-1301 Large/Small Date PCGS AU-5012,000
Nickels1950 PCGS PR-67, wonderful toning!695
Words of Wisdom from an Expert Collector
Dr. Pete Shireman is an expert collector of Barber Half Dollars.  In fact, you may have seen his name on several slabbed Barber Halves.  The following is his statement, reprinted with permission:  "I am amazed in my observations at coin shows how often collectors think that whatever price guide they have with them is gospel. Price guides are useful for many things, but there are many coins that are bought and sold at prices nowhere near these guides. I have seen countless people look at a very nice coin, look at their price guide du jour and pass on a rare and very nice coin that is impossible to find, merely because the price is too high."   


I see this a few times at just about every coin show.  At a recent show, a customer was happy to find a coin for which he had been searching for 5 years.  His price guide said it was worth $500.  He could have bought my coin for $600, but he decided to pass, and continue to look for one for $500.  My thinking is that if you have been looking for 5 years for a coin at $500, and haven't found one, then it is entirely possible that that coin isn't a $500 coin any more.  Remember, you probably aren't the only person looking for that coin.  Another way of looking at it is that the $100 premium represents $20 per year for the 5 years of looking.  And how much is your time worth?
                                                    - - - Rich Uhrich
Looking Toward The Future
My next shows are local shows in Lancaster, PA on April 6 and York, PA on April 13.  My next big show is Central States in Schaumburg, IL Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27.  I will be at Table #1810.  In May I have the Hershey, PA show followed by ANA in New Orleans, LA, then a local show in Chambersburg, PA.  Hope to see you at one or more of those shows!
                                                    - - - Rich Uhrich
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