Another GREAT Summer Baltimore Coin Show!
Whitman Shows are Amazingly Consistent
July 20, 2016 - Some promoters really understand how to run a successful coin show. Whitman may top the short list. From dealer support to marketing, the folks at Whitman just seem to get it right. The summer is always a challenging time to schedule a coin show. Competing against outdoor activities and family vacations is never an easy proposition. Throw into the mix the threat of a Black Lives Matter rally in the midst of the racially charged Freddie Gray trials, and you have the potential for a disastrous coin show. Happily, despite the obvious challenges, Baltimore once again proved itself to be the premier, triennial, national venue on the coin show circuit.
Crowds, considering the time of year, were well above average. Dealer attendance was equally good with almost all tables in the room filled. Perhaps most importantly, the mood of the show was very positive and upbeat. Rob and Robbie were virtually non-stop at their table from Thursday through Saturday with prospective customers often lined up two-deep. In all, The Reeded Edge conducted almost $300,000.00 of total business, not too shabby all things considered. As has been the case with the market throughout this year, inexpensive collector coins dominated interest with many items under $1000.00 selling briskly with little or no resistance. What was a bit different was the renewed interest in better coins, as well. Quite honestly, we were not expecting to see a shift in that trend until the ANA. Attribute it perhaps to the Baltimore Magic. Again, kudos to Whitman for a job well done!
Our next show will be August 4th -13th, the Big One, The American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money located in Anaheim California. This along with the related PNG pre-show, comprise ten consecutive days of serious numismatic trading. It is not only the biggest and most important coin show in the United States, but the entire world. Needless to say, our expectations are very high for this venue. Given the state of the present coin market, a coin show anything less than outstanding would be a let-down. The Reeded Edge will be located front and center in the ultra-premium section of the convention center at tables 307 through 309. Rob and Robbie will be joined by their long-time associate and friend, Miguel Lopez. Miguel brings an additional level of expertise to the table as well as lending the much-needed helping hand in managing day-to-day operations. Just look for the giant BUYING, BUYING, BUYING signs, and Rob, Robbie and Miguel should be in close proximity. Expect The Reeded Edge's tables to be one of the epicenters at this event, and please make a point of stopping by to say hello to the guys. We will have much more on the ANA show, as the date gets closer.
This week, a host of new coins, currency and sets have been listed throughout the webstore. Baltimore was a very active buying show for us. The mix of coins is varied, with a concentration of PCGS-certified coins ranging from several hundred to many thousands of dollars. There are still thousands of numismatic items (literally) sitting in our stockroom appearing on the store daily. In addition, a new group of CAC approved coins should be arriving shortly as well as several hundred, inexpensive, PCGS-certified collector coins. In short, there will be no shortage of new material on The Reeded Edge store any time in the near future.
Buying continues to be an emphasis here in the office, even during this three week coin show hiatus. If you have any fresh or interesting coins for sale, please call either Rob @ 240-422-0118 or Robbie @ 301-876-1332. We love fresh material, and our aggressive offers will hopefully reflect that.
Highlight New Purchases
- 1797 Half Cent, 1/1, Plain Edge, NGC F-12 - Even, pleasing color and a nice planchet.
- 1861 Indian Cent, PCGS PR-64 - A highly reflective, fresh example from DP-2; one of the rarest of all PROOF Indians.
- 1910 Lincoln Cent, PCGS PR-64 RB - Original light tan surfaces with satiny luster.
- 1914-S Lincoln Cent, NGC MS-65 RB, Old Fatty - Original GEM with no surface distractions.
- 1857 Three Cent Silver, PCGS MS-64, CAC Approved - Originally toned with rich underlying luster.
- 1871 Shield Nickel, PCGS PR-66 - Lustrous original white with abnormally nice "pop" for this normally deficient issue.
- 1912-S Liberty Nickel, PCGS MS-64 - Fairly well struck with some obverse iridescence.
- 1936 Buffalo Nickel, PCGS PR-64 Satin - Original off-white example with golden overlays.
- 1837 Liberty Seated Dime, PCGS MS-63 - Satiny white with choice surfaces; a nice example!
- 1838-O Liberty Seated Dime, PCGS MS-62 - A RARE choice, mint state example of this first-year New Orleans coin.
- 1942/1 Mercury Dime, PCGS AU-55 FB, CAC Approved - Sharply struck and very close to uncirculated.
- 1893-O Barber Quarter, PCGS MS-65 - Deeply toned and attractive GEM with very clean surfaces.
- 1899-S Barber Quarter, NGC MS-63 - Bright white, and one of the RAREST of all Barber series dates in mint state.
- 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter, PCGS XF-45, CAC Approved, PQ! - Looking more like an AU-53, this example has a lot of luster and extraordinary freshness.
- 1920-S Standing Liberty Quarter, PCGS MS-65, CAC Approved - A totally original GEM with a much better than average strike.
- 1818 Capped Bust Half Dollar, PCGS MS-63, PQ - Satiny white with great skin and just a touch of peripheral color.
- 1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar, PCGS AU-55, CAC Approved - Original and lovely example of this popular date.
- 1844-O Liberty Seated Half Dollar, PCGS MS-62 - Super-fresh and somewhat prooflike; Attractive!
- 1884 Liberty Seated Half Dollar, PCGS PR-65 - Off-white and lightly cameo; This coin is way too cheap right now!
- 1893-S Barber Half Dollar, PCGS MS-63 - Satiny original white and clean example of this key-date Barber Half Dollar with a lightly frosted portrait.
- 1913 Barber Half Dollar, PCGS MS-65 - Original with outstanding luster and a gold patina; RARE!
- 1795 Draped Bust Dollar, Small Eagle, Off-Center Bust, PCGS VF-35 - Off white and problem-free example.
- 1797 Draped Bust Dollar, Small Eagle, 9 x 7 Stars, PCGS AU-53 - An attractive dove-grey example with luster evident in protected areas.
- 1797 Draped Bust Dollar, Small Eagle, 10 x 6 Stars, PCGS XF-40 - An original, crusty example with none of the usual uneven striking or adjustments; a simply lovely specimen!
- 1801 Draped Bust Dollar, NGC VF-25, CAC Approved - If only all VF Bust Dollars were this original and pleasing, this series would be on fire again. Really nice quality, especially for the grade.
- 1872-CC Liberty Seated Dollar, PCGS AU-55 - Hints of gold on the obverse which is much more pronounced on the reverse, this RARE date also evidences strong, underlying luster.
- 1873-CC Trade Dollar, PCGS XF-45 - Original and pleasing, this is an underrated date.
- 1885-S Morgan Dollar, PCGS MS-65 - Blast white with a clean cheek.
- 1886-O Morgan Dollar, PCGS MS-63 - Light gold original toning with a nice strike for the date.
- 1892-CC Morgan Dollar, PCGS MS-63 - Original toned choice example.
- 1894-S Morgan Dollar, PCGS MS-63 - Original white and FRESH!
- 1901 Morgan Dollar, PCGS AU-58 - An original, well struck example with soft luster.
- 1904-S Morgan Dollar, PCGS MS-64 - A touch of peripheral toning with lustrous white centers.
- 1904-S Morgan Dollar, PCGS MS-64 - White and attractive example of this semi-key Morgan.
- 1921 Morgan Dollar, PCGS MS-66 - One of the most lustrous 1921 Morgan Dollars that we have ever owned!
- 1928 Peace Dollar, PCGS MS-65, CAC Approved - Glowing original luster and a true GEM!
- 1853-O $1.00 Gold Ty I, PCGS MS-61 - Bright yellow and well struck.
- 1857-C $1.00 Gold, Ty I, PCGS AU-53 - Well struck example of this difficult "C" mint gold dollar.
- 1861 $1.00 Gold, PCGS MS-63, CAC Approved - Satiny luster and refreshingly original.
- 1836 Block 8 $2.50 Classic Head Gold, PCGS AU-55 - Bright yellow with minimal wear.
- 1927 $2.50 Indian Gold, PCGS MS-64+ - Really cool variegated luster with unbelievable eye appeal.
- 1889 $3.00 Gold, PCGS AU-58, CAC Approved - An honest slider with pronounced, original luster.
- 1852 $20.00 Liberty Gold, PCGS AU-55 - Very lustrous and bordering on 58 quality, PQ!
- 1852-O $20.00 Liberty Gold, PCGS AU-58 - A top-notch slider example of this scarce "O" mint date. Visually superior to some examples in mint state holders.
- 1867-S $20.00 Liberty Gold, TY II, NGC AU-50 - Not as dirty as many of the Euro-examples.
- 1873 Open 3 $20.00 Liberty Gold, Ty II, PCGS MS-61 - Flashy example of this popular type coin.
- 1922 Grant/Star Half Dollar, PCGS AU-58 - Original with a light gold patina, PQ!
- 1936 Gettysburg Half Dollar, PCGS MS-66 - Original white GEM example of this popular half dollar.
- 1915-S $1.00 Pan-Pac Gold, PCGS MS-64, OGH, CAC Approved - Original with unbelievable eye appeal, especially considering the technical grade.
- 1899 $5.00 Silver Certificate, FR-273, PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ - A better signature combination and GEM quality color and embossing.
The Reeded Edge Launches our 5th Annual Toys for Kids Christmas Celebration with The Salvation Army
December 16, 2015 - Success can be measured a number of different ways. Thirty years ago when The Reeded Edge was conceived, the challenge was to pay the bills and derive an income. Fortunately, hard work really does pay off. Things are quite different for us today, and we now are in a position each year to help those in our community that are less fortunate. Five years ago, we teamed up with our local branch of the Salvation Army to provide toys for children during the holidays. This has turned into a tradition for us, with everybody in the company participating at some level. For us, this is one of our highlights of the holiday season. There is nothing more gratifying than watching children open presents and embrace the spirit of the holidays. We hope that each of you can touch someone's life during the holidays. It's really an uplifting experience that stays with us all year long.
Stolen Coin From the Baltimore Coin Show
September 9, 2014 - The Reeded Edge had a 1927-S Buffalo Nickel, PCGS MS-64, #3962.64/30179690 stolen at July 8th's Whitman Baltimore Coin Show. The coin is a golden white with nice luster and relatively clean surfaces. Originally purchased out of the Heritage June Long Beach auction, this piece is well archived, complete with high resolution photographs. It has a few very distinctive markings, and would be easy to identify in or out of its original holder. A "no questions asked" reward is being offered for its return. Any help from our customers or fellow dealers in recovering this coin is greatly appreciated.
Approval Service Available to Reeded Edge Customers
April 7, 2014 - As you peruse our webstore, you may notice ON HOLD next to the listing of a particular coin. This, amongst other things, could indicate that the coin is out ON APPROVAL to one of our customers. This allows the customer to examine the coin before making payment. For our well established clients, approvals are a preferred way of conducting business. For those not familiar with an approval service, here is how it works: The first step is to build a business relationship with us or any other recognized rare coin firm. If your previous business is with other firms, we ask you to provide three different credit references of dealers that have extended you credit in the immediate past. If your business is in-house, we will evaluate the nature, frequency and dollar amount of your business, and make a credit decision accordingly. Once established, you may use this privilege indefinitely. This gives you the ability to get the coin in-hand, examine it in the privacy of your own home and/or office for 24 hours, and then make your buying decision. This is a great option, and one that MANY of our regular customers take advantage of. Please also note, our approval service is not just for coins. It extends to any item on the webstore with a retail value of $1000.00 or more, including currency, vintage toys, political items, documents & autographs, exonumia and stamps. Please call our offices @ 301-724-0400, Rob on his cell @ 240-422-0118 or Robbie on his cell @ 301-876-1332 to discuss this service further.
July 5, 2014 - Yesterday, I was pondering the fact that our country turned 238 years old. The United States is the oldest westernized democracy in modern history. We are an enigma in many ways, but perhaps the most poignant thing that resonated with me was the fact that we are getting stronger with age. In our younger years, we were constantly challenged. Through history we have had to continue to fight and defend our position, proving time and time again that we were worthy of our status in the world pecking order.
Thirty seven years ago, I conceived the idea of The Reeded Edge. We were going to be a coin dealer that catered to servicing local customers through trade shows one or two weekends per month. It didn't take long for me to figure out that with hard work and persistence, that there just might be a career potential with this business. But figuring something out and actually taking action are two different matters entirely. It took me another twelve years to make the commitment, and take The Reeded Edge into a full time venture. Since then, we too have had our challenges. But despite them (or perhaps, because of them), we have emerged stronger and better to become the company that you know today. To a great extent, the addition of Ray Hunt 15 years ago and Robbie Jenkins 8 years ago, have allowed for that growth. By taking us to the next step, from a technological and numismatic standpoint, we are now able to do things and service our customers in a way that we could not have done in our early years. Like our great nation, I would like to believe that we are on an upward path, solidifying our position in the numismatic arena.
July 4th made me realize that we as a nation have much to be thankful for, and we are lucky in so many ways. My business is no different. In fact, any organization is only as good as the sum total of its parts, and those parts are their people. I like to believe that I remind Ray and Robbie how important they are to our operation on a regular basis. You, our customers, comprise the other part of this group, and I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your loyalty, support and patronage. Without you, we could not be where we are today, a fact I never forget or take lightly.
To all, a Happy Fourth of July holiday and thank you from the bottom of my heart!
The Reeded Edge, Inc.