on Friday, 18 September 2015 17:58. Posted in News

I jumped on an early flight to Midway and made it to the opening day dealer setup before 9 am when the doors would open.  The Illinois State Convention is a smaller show, probably 100-150 tables but a nice venue with good security.   My hope was to go to a moderate size show with only a handful of national dealers showing up.  Unfortunately, the market is starving for fresh material so many of the larger dealers that I always see at the big conventions were there walking the floor.  Needless to say, there was too little material to spread among too many dealers.

on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:39. Posted in News

Over 200 Years of Combined Numismatic Experience at Your Disposal.

                                                    September 2015 Issue

 

My Coin Journey, Part III
By Warren Mills

I experienced my first coin market boom in 1979 and 1980.  The coin market was on fire and bullion was rising dramatically.  To have this experience at a major rare coin company was unbelievable!  The place was always hopping.  Gold went up to $850 an ounce and silver hit over $50 per ounce.  I even spoke to the Hunt Brothers on the phone when they were heavily involved in acquiring silver.  It was a great experience.  People were coming in off the street selling silverware and anything else with silver in it at a record pace.  The line was outside the building on some days and many people were also buying at a fast pace.  When folks came in and started saying “silver will crack $100 to $300 an ounce,” I knew it was time to get out of the market.  The government put the kibosh on the Hunt Brothers shot at cornering silver and the rest is history.  There is nothing like being at a big company in a booming market.  Rare coins in some instances went up over 1,000 percent. 
 
My next coin journey will be about the April 1980 crash!

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on Monday, 24 August 2015 18:21. Posted in News

Paul and I arrived as the show opened on Tuesday, August 11th.  We had to wait in line to get our dealer badge but it went smoothly and the ANA staff was very cordial and helpful.

We go to the show to try and buy coins for our inventory:  this is our number one objective.  I also like to bring some of our inventory coins for Paul to offer for sale to give us a barometer of the over-all market.  I go one way and Paul goes another.

on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 18:22. Posted in News

Over 200 Years of Combined Numismatic Experience at Your Disposal.

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August 2015 Issue

My Coin Journey – Part Two
By Warren Mills

What does it take to become a professional numismatist?
 
I was very lucky and thankful to be hired by a very prestigious rare coin firm.  It gave me the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the best U.S. coin numismatists in the world.  I knew right away that if I wanted to stay in the coin business, I had to open my mind and my eyes to learn all the nuances I could about grading.  Another important factor for learning was accessibility to a large inventory of coins.  This allowed me time to spend many hours examining coins and showing them to top notch numismatists to get their opinion as to why a coin was a certain grade and why it may not be another grade. 

on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:40. Posted in News

CAC

Not all coins are the same.  Line up 10 PCGS or NGC certified coins that are the same date and grade and there will be high-end coins, mid-range and low-end.  And yet they are all graded the same!  Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) offers a service to identify the top end of the grade spectrum by affixing a green sticker to the holder.  If they affix a gold sticker, they feel the coin is worthy of the next grade up:  i.e. an MS-65 with a gold sticker will be traded as an MS-66 grade coin.

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