My First Ever ANA Show - Show Report

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by illini420, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. stoster38

    stoster38 Member

    Yes, that's the coin I bought!! Love the design and the story behind the coin made even more desireable to purchase. There were a lot more foreign coins that I would love to have bought but due to the weak dollar they were just a little too rich for my blood. It's hard to pass up some of these foreign coins!! I wish that the people who design coins would take more risks and the people who approve the designs not be so conservative. We need another Teddy Roosevelt to usher in another Golden Age of Coin designs!!
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  3. illini420

    illini420 1909 Collector

    I agree, I could have spent at least another hour or so touring the world mints and checking out all of their coins in detail. Some were just amazing!! The one set I was planning on buying was the Canada Vancouver 2010 Quarters set, but I forgot to go back to their booth and buy it before leaving... oh well, can still buy it I guess, but will have to pay shipping now. I thought it was a neat set and not too expensive. I think it was maybe $25 or $30. This is the best pic i could find:

  4. 900fine

    900fine doggone it people like me

    I enjoyed the foreign mint exhibits, but few others did; they were the most lightly attended exhibits at the show. I like the basilisk coin, but it is not a "major difference" (i.e. superior) to coins made by the US Mint. Most can enjoy the Austrian coin without trashing the US.
  5. 900fine

    900fine doggone it people like me

    The high price ($42 per 1/2 oz) is not due to a "weak" dollar. The coin is overpriced IMO.

    Here is a chart of currency exchange rates :
  6. 900fine

    900fine doggone it people like me

    I'm the same way. I guess I can't get excited since they're a little "over my head"... ;)
  7. illini420

    illini420 1909 Collector

    Sorry if it came across that way, wasn't intending to trash the U.S. coins as those are what I mostly collect. Was just noting that the Austrian coin just had so much more detail in their designs than the U.S. coins currently produced (and looks more like many of the early medals). U.S. coins lately have tons of open field in the designs while this particular Austrian coin seemed to be covered almost completely with the design. Just thought that was different and cool.
  8. mralexanderb

    mralexanderb Coin Collector

    Great post, illin420. I see you've had a great experience at the ANA show. I've never been to one but I'd love to spend some $$$ there for some great coins. The '08 S it a beaut. I always loved the IHC series especially the '08Ss and '09Ss. I believe they will grow in value as their popularity grows. Thanks for relating your experience there.

  9. stoster38

    stoster38 Member

    I wasn't specifically referring to the coin I actually bought. In general most of the foreign coins that I saw for sale were a lot more expensive because the exchange rates for dollars vs euros & sterling pounds did not favor the dollar.
  10. stoster38

    stoster38 Member

    I also wasn't trying to trash U.S. coins. However in my opinion I think that other countries are more open about the designs that they choose for their coins.
  11. Arizona Jack

    Arizona Jack The Lincoln-ator

    The problem with the 1913's is that none of them is a gem. Sure they are rare, and very valuable, but they are not " knock your socks off eye appeal coins ".....

    To look at a semi dog and say " Wow, thats rare " does not do it for me, I'd rather see a gem thats worth $5000 or so, as many of the gem proofs in that series are worth. And THEY, are for ther average guy, semi obtainable with some savings and planning.
  12. illini420

    illini420 1909 Collector

    Well the one 1913 Nickel in the Smithsonian case looked pretty gem to me from what I could see, but it was lit horribly. The other three 1913s in the case together just looked like boring AU nickels to me, except for the date of course ;) It was really cool to see 4/5 of them w/in 20 feet of each other though. But you're right, even if I had an extra few million lying around to buy coins I can't imagine I'd be considering one of these. There are just so many other cool coins that I could have with those funds :) I mean for the price of one of those nickels I could buy every single PCGS graded 1908-S Indian Head Cent and still have plenty of money for a set of top pop Matte Proof Lincolns ;) But unfortunately my MegaMillions numbers didn't come in tonight, so I have to wait until Friday's $200 million+ drawing!!! :cool:
  13. coinman0456

    coinman0456 Coin Collector

    Excellent recap of what was obviously a great experience for you. I truly miss living in Colorado. Perhaps one day again I shall return to live there.
  14. Just Carl

    Just Carl Numismatist

    I really like coin show reports and wish more people would give them. Some of the reports like this one makes it more interesting for those that are deciding to go or not to go to a coin show. Being a person that goes to about 2 to 4 coin shows a Month, I seldom give those detailed reports since I would be doing that all the time and then people would just get bored. Different reports from different parts of the country and/or even World are very interesting and give others the true picture of prices and availability.
    Glad your trying for that set of MS Lincoln Cents. They do look great in a completed set. I like the Whitman Albums a little better for displaying Copper type coins though. A Dansco's color takes to much away from the Copper coins. Not even sure if the Dansco Album has a slot of the odd ball ones though like the Whitman. A slot for the 22plain, 55 Double, 70S small date, 72 Double, etc makes it almost impossible for many to complete a set and with a coin that should not be part of a real set.
    Are you planning on trying for MS grades of those?
    Around me there are so many coin shows it is getting a little to much. With one every Sunday for the first 4 Sundays and then the occational larger ones, it is getting just to much. Yet they are all packed with people all the time. One more sort of big one coming up is the Illinois Numismatic Association's 50th Anniversary Coin show September 17 to 19. Might be a good one with over 220 tables, free admitance, free parking, and drawing for over 650 attendees. I might make a report on that one.
  15. illini420

    illini420 1909 Collector

    Thanks for the nice comments Carl... and thanks again to everyone who voted for my thread, been in the lead for about 4 weeks now ;) Thanks!

    Here's an old pic of my Lincoln Dansco album that I found on my computer, filled a few of the holes since this pic, but it's not much different. Yeah, I'm trying for every slot to be BU Red, maybe a few Red-Brown coins but need to be at least 75% red. Like Carl pointed out though, I'll eventually get to a point where I give up because I'm not going to put a Red 22 Plain or 1909-S VDB in here. Not sure where I'll stop with the album, but I may just continue on keeping coins in slabs at some point. I also agree that one of the blue whitman classic albums would make the red copper stand out more than the boring tan Dansco.

  16. CrustyCoins

    CrustyCoins Twilight Photographer

    Nice ablum, I'm still trying to fill the spots with VF/XF examples. :eek:

    You can never have too many key dates, I don't see any issues if you fill the hard spots with a low grade brown example and have the nice RD ones in slabs. Maybe get a binder that holds slabs for the ones that are supposed to be in albums.
  17. benandshanel

    benandshanel hobby of kings

    what was your impression of the ANACS grading company under new ownership?
  18. illini420

    illini420 1909 Collector

    I've never dealt with ANACS personally. But overall I think they are fairly accurate in grading coins, except for maybe the very high grades of copper coins where I think they overgrade compared to some of the other companies. Personally, I don't like their more recent slab designs, they just seem flimsy to me and I've seen them break open pretty easily. I like the smaller white ANACS holders much better.
  19. illini420

    illini420 1909 Collector

    PCGS just posted a video of the $20 Gold Collection from the Smithsonian that was on display at the Los Angeles ANA show. It's a good video and worth checking out:

    It's not mentioned in the video, but at the top of the mini pyramid in the display case is the Smithsonian's 1913 Liberty Nickel. The the left of the Smithsonian's display area was a small case holding three additional 1913 Liberty Nickels. And to the left of that was the Brasher Doubloon, 1794 Dollar, 1907 Ultra High Relief $20 and a few more super rarities!!!!
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