Dave and I left for Tampa on January 2nd, 2018. The temperature in New Hampshire was a balmy 13 degrees below zero without the wind-chill factored in! We were definitely looking forward to the warm environment. Even at a little less than 50 degrees and vicious winds, it was very nice to be going to Florida.
We landed at 9:30am on Tuesday and the show didn’t start until 2:00pm Wednesday. So, we hit the ground running and immediately started to see dealers that were offering coins prior to the show. The mood was upbeat! I was able to buy a choice piece here and there and Dave was showing the coins we brought to the show. Surprisingly, there was a fair amount of decent coins to see. Everyone looks forward to FUN, so I was anxious to see more coins from a large contingent of dealers that never go to any of the other coin shows. As I tell everyone, FUN is a must attend show in the coin business.
Later on, we both attended the PNG luncheon and there was a lot of discussion regarding counterfeit coins and precious metals. As I’ve said in our e-letters, this problem could explode, and the erosion of confidence in our industry could impact us detrimentally for a long time.
The show opened on Wednesday January, 3rd and there was a nice flow of activity throughout the show. We met some new customers and dealers that made the show a lot of fun. Gold coins appeared to be the strongest area of interest, which may be attributed to the recent bullion upswing. Circ Type was abundant with only 1 of 10 being old time, original, standard coins. Unfortunately, the cleaning and over grading of coins will hurt this market.
I had a once in a lifetime numismatic highlight. I got to see the one and only 93-CC GSA Dollar in the hard plastic holder. It’ll be a shock when the press release comes out on it. I don’t want to steal my friend’s thunder, but a really good guy is working with this coin. Also, the pieces with it were cool too! The two 79-CC GSA Dollars in 64+ and 65+ were very nice and I saw the most beautifully toned Morgan Dollar I’ve ever seen. It was a gorgeous MS-68 example. If the show is a barometer for 2018, it may be a very good year.