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I decided to attend the PNG meeting this year. It was a luncheon prior to the show opening. About half way through I excused myself to take a call. When I came back, the podium was yielded to a PNG member that said they are starting a service to affix a P.Q. sticker to a coin. The purpose is to give marketers a confidence boost so more coins stick with customers.
Thankfully it’s over. It started and ended the same way….with a whimper. Don’t get me wrong, we were deluged the day before the show and the opening day, for dealers mainly. We sold almost $200,000 worth of coins and purchased $725. Most of that was dealer to dealer. Where have all the retail collectors gone? I am seriously thinking about giving up our table and just doing Wednesday and Thursday. Paul & Joe did the show for us. I took the time to stay at the office and rest my trick knee. On Wednesday I received a call from a prominent dealer thanking me for having not just new fresh material but also fairly priced coins. It was nice of him to call me from the show.
Some of you may have read about our frustration with PCGS and the original Long Island 50c that we sent for grading during the ANA (see our 8/28 article). Well I am pleased to say that after we sent the coin in directly to Don Willis, President of PCGS they graded the coin MS-66. Pictured below is the same coin in both the “genuine” holder and the MS-66 holder.
It is just a shame that it took two submission fees and postage to and from California and the time involved to get the grade correct. We are fortunate that as a dealer we know how to navigate the politics of grading but what about the individual that cannot capitalize on the contacts they have in the business?
I spoke with a client that I met about 15 years ago. He’s a nice man that loves coins but not an astute grader. I told him any time he needed help to let me know. He’s never spent much money with us but about once a year he’ll call to ask me if it’s okay to send up a batch of coins for me to grade. I say “sure” and charge him nothing just to help hone his grading skills. We actually do that for a lot of clients! He asked me if I remembered when we met. I said “I know where we met.” His response was “I tell everyone I know that is into coins the story.” I have to paraphrase now: “I came to see you and offered you an Isabella Quarter for $300. You said if you bought it, you’d be stealing it from me. That it is really worth more than ten times the number and that it should be certified. So I gave it to you and you sent it to PCGS and it graded MS-66.”