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ANA Coin Show Recap by John Feigenbaum

by John Feigenbaum – Stella Coin News

Well, another ANA Show has come and gone. I think this was my 22nd consecutive ANA and they all have a similar flavor no matter what the outcome. In a word…”long”. They have always been too long because there have always been “pre ANA” shows the weekend prior with important auctions, so we’ve always attended both shows and stayed the duration.

“Ok, enough whining” you say. “I feel your pain. It’s sooooooo hard being a coin dealer. You are forced to visit exotic cities, stay in fine hotels and eat out at top-notch restaurants and all you can do is complain.” Yes, that’s all true but it is indeed very hard work and staying away from home for extended periods of time has never been my strong suit. So, I always have high expectations for ANA shows but they rarely match up.

This show (I will combine the two shows for convenience), like others, was a marathon rather than a sprint — but is especially noteworthy because we came back with the best set of new purchases that I ever recall.

I have read on other dealer’s blogs that “great coins are red hot, yada yada yada”. But if you carefully read between the lines, you will still see that the majority of “great coins” are generally cheaper today than they were a couple years ago. It’s a very selective market, as all collector markets are, and the reality is that some collectors need to sell some big coins for reasons other than profit. I don’t recall ever having been to an ANA show where I saw more great five- and six-figure coins available for sale. We sold some great coins like our 1932 Saint PCGS MS66 and we bought even more great coins because I think this is one of those rare, historic moments when cash is king — and one cannot find these coins at anywhere near reasonable levels in a hotter market.

Examples of new purchases from the ANA Show:

1794 $1 PCGS XF40

1796 No Stars $2.50 PCGS XF40

1848 CAL. $2.50 PCGS AU50 (sold @ show!)

1796/5 $5 PCGS XF45

1930-S $20 PCGS SecurePlus MS65+

As you can see these are great coins. Of course, we didn’t limit ourselves to major rarities, and we have scores of other exciting collector coins that have been untouchable these past few years. Please keep an eye on the web site as these coins appear. (Or send me an email if you want more information on any of these.)

The Mood of the Show

“Ok, you say. Enough shameless promotion of your new purchases at the ANA show. Any dealer can do that and it’s not informative.” Ok, you’re right. Somehow we have to pay the light bills around here so please forgive me the transgression…. The show came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. Plain and simple. The pre show was entirely dealer-driven and dealers came to the show very tentative. Everyone wanted to see if anyone else was buying so it was generally a hot, boring affair. We slogged it out and did a fair amount of business, but it was the same business we’d do at ANY show, so that’s not exciting. (more…)

Stella Coin News Online Library is Filling Up! – Barber Coinage Book Just Added

The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage is added to the Stella Coin News Site.

stella_news_barber_certVirginia Beach, VA – Stella Coin News (SCN) is very pleased to announce their latest online reference book, The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage, written in 1999 by John and David Feigenbaum. A fine reference for collectors of Barber coins with historical background information on the Barber series now available to all collectors free of charge for their personal use.

A date and mintmark analyzes includes population reports and estimated values for grades AU55 and higher for Barber dimes, quarters and halves, as well as Proof coins. We encourage SCN users to add comments and updated information.

The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage is the 12th addition to the SCN library along with
the following reference materials:

  • Tales from the Bourse by David Lawrence Feigenbaum
  • Hobo Nickel Book by Joyce Ann Romines
  • The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, 3rd edition by David Lange
  • The Complete Guide to Mercury Dimes, by David Lange
  • The Complete Guide to Washington Quarters, by John Feigenbaum
  • The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars, by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert
  • The Complete Guide to Walking Liberty Half Dollars, by Bruce Fox
  • The Complete Guide to Franklin Half Dollars, by Rick Tomaska
  • The Complete Guide to Barber Dimes, by David Lawrence
  • The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters, by David Lawrence
  • The Complete Guide to Barber Halves, by David Lawrence

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