I got to the show at about 9:15 and signed up. The show didn’t open to the public until 10:00 so I went to the Heritage auction lot viewing to see some of the coins. I saw some nice coins and some not so nice coins. One of the cameo Franklins I saw looked like the frost had been added to the coin with a wire brush.
I went to the show at 10:00 and went straight to the ICG booth. I met Cameron Kiefer and took ICG’s Interactive Grading Workshop. I did pretty well grading Morgans. The gold was harder and I graded a MS-61 Saint Gaudens as AU-50 and a MS-64 Saint as AU-58.
I then went to the ANACS booth to have them look at some of my coins that I thought they had overgraded. Since there was a long line at their table, I went to Fred Weinberg’s table which was right next theirs, and had him look at a couple errors for me. I then went to NGC’s booth and talked with David Ganz about my 1922 NGC peace dollar that I thought had PVC. He said that it had verdigris not PVC, and that it wasn’t worth conserving.
I then went looking for a low grade seated dollar for my type set. I wanted one in an ANACS holder. I found an 1846 in Fine details Net VG-8 Scratched-cleaned that was just what I wanted. The dealer said I could have it for $200. I offered him $175 but he said he couldn’t go that low. I then offered him an 1896 toned MS-65 NGC graded silver dollar in trade and he accepted. Since I had paid $110 for the silver dollar, I was pretty happy with the deal.
I went back to the ANACS table and showed the guy there my 1947 MS-65 Walker. He said that he thought it was a liner 64-65. He also thought my 1880-S PF-63 PL was accurately graded, but that it should be reholdered because of the mechanical error.
I showed the Walker to another dealer, and he said that he liked the new holder, but they still couldn’t grade. He said he had some Saint Gaudens double eagles from PCGS, NGC, and ANACS, and that he had sold the NGC and PCGS ones but that the ANACS ones would be hard to get rid of.
I bought an 1884 CC GSA silver dollar from Silver Towne that had some nice reverse toning. I also got a 1921 Morgan in a Blanchard MS-60+ slab. Silver Towne was doing a brisk business buying 90% silver, silver bars, kreugerrands, and AGEs.
I went to the Heritage table and got to see a nice collection of proof gold coins. I had never seen a matte proof gold coin before.
Overall the show was moderately busy, but not very crowded. A few of the dealers had signs saying “wholesale business only” and some had empty cases. Only one dealer charged me sales tax and he was an Ohio dealer.
I bought some nice toned coins and a few proof sets too. I had a great time, and I am looking forward to my next show.