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2021 Fall Baltimore Show Report

So nice to get to a Baltimore show again.  It’s been since November of 2019 that I have been able to attend a Baltimore show due to Covid restrictions.  Alas, Baltimore like any large city has its challenges but it’s sad to see how badly the economy has been affected.  Restaurants weren’t even open in many of the show hotels.  Many of the sections of the city where dealers would travel to eat after a day at the convention only had a handful of places to eat ...
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Welcome to the Summer Edition of The Rare Coin Enthusiast

By Warren Mills

I wanted to get this issue out prior to the ANA Show in Chicago.  Since this is a major show, I’ll be able to get a feel for the state of the market and will be happy to let our fellow enthusiasts in on any information I can glean from the show.  Expect a show update shortly after I return next week.
 
It is hard to believe that the last major show I attended was the 2020 January FUN Show.  I’m looking forward to getting a ...
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WARNING: The Desire for Old Holdered Certified Coins

By Warren Mills

There are many collectors that just want old small blue and old green holders from PCGS, or old fatty holders from NGC.  Nothing wrong with that at all!  I understand the desire for seemingly strictly graded early certified coins, or the thoughts about potential future upgrades.  However, I must warn our enthusiasts that these holders can be traps too!  Keep in mind, there have been advancements in the field that may lead you to purchase an inferi...
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Questions from our Mailbag

By Warren Mills

“I saw a photo of the 1933 Double Eagle.  Does it look like an MS-65 to you?”
J.R.

Has anyone taken a look at the front cover of the July 2021 Greysheet?  Take a good look and tell me if that piece looks like an MS-65 and CAC too!  I believe this $18.872 million dollar coin looks like an MS-64 at best.  However, this coin is such a historically significant numismatic treasure that in my opinion, you could cal...
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FUN Show Report June 7th - 10th

By Warren Mills

Alas, I have to give a third person report on the Summer FUN Show.  I was scheduled to fly into Orlando the afternoon of Tuesday July 6th, a full day before the Wednesday dealer set up.  I set up customer appointments prior to the opening on Wednesday morning too!  

So, just before I’m ready to head to the airport, I get an email from the airline that says my flight has been cancelled!  The backlog from canc...
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