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The Reeded Edge Heads to St. Louis

The Greater American Coin Fair Remains a Collector Favorite

February 9, 2016 - St. Louis is the one place that we travel every February that is actually colder than Cumberland. So unlike sunny Long Beach, it definitely is not the climate that lures us here. What does get us traveling to the mid-west is one phenominal, collector-based coin show, the likes of which is unequaled anywhere else in the country. We remember the days when all 100+ table shows were bustling with collectors, the aisles so full that you couldn't even walk without bumping into somebody. The sad fact is that there are few coin shows anymore that draw large crowds. Perhaps this nostalgic aspect is why this venue remains so special to us. Beginning this Thursday, and throughout Saturday afternoon, both Rob and Robbie will be visiting the nation's heartland for the St. Louis Greater American Coin Fair (also known as the St. Louis Airport Show). This is historically one of the best retail collector-based coin shows in the country. Although much smaller in size than Long Beach, this show is attended by many of the same prominent, national dealers. You will find The Reeded Edge crammed (literally) in our tight booth space, dead-center in the main bourse hall. We have to scale it down for this show, as space is at a real premium. Last year, the wait list to secure table space at this successful show was over 30 dealers. Where Long Beach is large in size with big booths and wide aisles, the St. Louis Airport Hilton's bourse floor is small and compact. This is a difficult venue to pound the pavement trying to buy coins, for no other reason than the room is so difficult to navigate. This is particularly true Friday once the public is admitted and the isles are usually too full to even walk more than a few feet at a time. We generally have an excellent show at St. Louis, and see no reason why this year's venue will be any different. The guys will have a vast array of certified U.S. coins with them at all price ranges. Included will be many of our Long Beach new purchases, as well as our grading returns fresh back from PCGS. We hope that all of our friends in the greater St. Louis area will stop by our table and say hello, especially those of you that deal remotely with Robbie, as this will be his first time attending this venue.


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.

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(Featured Coins & Currency Added to Inventory Within the Last 30 Days - as of February 9, 2016)


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FUN Kicks Off 2016 in Style

Strong Retail Turnout in Tampa as Bourse Wins Out Over Auctions

January 12, 2016 - This year certainly started out Happy, and if the FUN Show was any indication, it might stay that way for a while. There is a qualifier to that statement, but more about that later. 

Rob and Robbie got into Tampa on Monday to conduct pre-show wholesale trading. Their cell phones both lit up the second their plane touched down. It was obvious from the onset that our trading partners were antsy and wanted to buy coins. Ironically, almost every contact that we made on Monday were fellow dealers wanting first shot at our inventory. Sellers were short in supply, and for the most part, this crowd wasn't really evident until later Tuesday afternoon. We have often stated that money is made in the coin business on the buy-side, and nowhere was this more evident than at pre-FUN trading. Although FUN is historically a show where both optimism and aggressiveness are prevalent, with the 2015 cash-strapped coin market still in our rearview mirror, we weren't sure what to expect. It sure didn't take long to figure out. Our first two stops resulted in mid five-figure invoices with coins from several hundred to twenty thousand dollars all finding new homes. In all, we met with half a dozen serious clients with all but one stacking up multiple coins to buy. It sure is a nice feeling to know that you're show expenses are 100% paid for two days before the public is even admitted!

Day two saw more of the same brisk trading although the average invoice value was slightly down. For whatever reason, this was the day that we parted company with some old friends. As those of you with inventory-based businesses are painfully aware, there is nothing worse than stagnant inventory. We used our opportunities on Tuesday to rid ourselves of some of the oldest items in stock, and all without taking losses (well, at least not on everything). This aspect, in and of itself, made the day worthwhile. Given that we both created quite a bit of cash flow and made money, we chalked up the second day as another success. Needless to say, at this point, we were enthusiastic about the prospects of the actual show commencing on Wednesday.

If there was one day that fell a bit short of expectations, it probably was Dealer Set-up on Wednesday. Under ordinary circumstances, Wednesday's business would have looked pretty good. But coming on the heels of two really good days of pre-show trading, we considered it decent but nothing more. Activity was brisk, but buyers and sellers seemed a bit more tempered than on the first two days. Of course, the pre-show always brings out the country's biggest and most successful rare coin dealers, where show set-up brings out everybody, including those still somewhat shell-shocked from the challenging market of 2015. There was another observation that we made on Wednesday, and that was an across-the-board weakness in the Heritage pre-auction bidding. This suspicion came to fruition once the auction went live, as Wednesday night prices proved somewhat soft. The one takeaway from Day One of FUN is that this was a major coin show where the auctions didn't dominate the conversation. This was certainly an interesting prospect for the many hundreds of dealers set up on the bourse floor, depending not only on general floor traffic, but also buyers willing to open their checkbooks. With Heritage proving to be less of a competitor, the bourse actually captured some of the proceeds normally targeted at the auction. Again, this was both an interesting and somewhat unusual observation.

Thursday and Friday the general public showed up in droves. Although we are not sure of the actual numbers, we would not be surprised if FUN set an attendance record. Dealers apprehensive of the Tampa location quickly forgot their concerns; most, ourselves included, were too busy writing invoices to think about much else. The environment was super-active, and Rob and Robbie enjoyed every minute of it. It was a good thing that our good friend and Baltimore colleague Miguel Lopez was present to help us, because the guys had little time to come up for air. Buying and selling was in an almost perfect equilibrium for this two day period. As we eluded to earlier, we parted ways with some old friends, and managed to pick up many new additions for the web store, Coin World, our Monday Mailers and eBay. The more venues that we continue to explore, the more challenging the buying facet of the business gets. Buying coins in general is not difficult, but buying the right coins at true market value can be a lot harder than it sounds. Happily, we came back from Florida with MANY new coins which should be making their debut this week.

The qualifier that we eluded to earlier was the weakness of the Heritage Auction. We believe that this is not s single event, but rather an emerging trend. Auctions have primarily been responsible for saturating the market with coins. They were one of the key reasons why many areas of the market were softer last year, and the market as a whole proved challenging. We could write a book about all of the factors that contribute to this situation, but we'll save that commentary for another day. The fact is that the inverse happened at FUN, and we expect to see this trend continue throughout the year. Perhaps the numismatic auction market has topped out, as both consignors and potential buyers turn back to the conventional bourse floor as their primary acquisition/liquidation tool. The role of the numismatic auction initially was to provide a marketplace for specialized coins. Over the years, it has evolved into a catch-all for everything numismatic, specialized or otherwise. Are we at the beginning stages of a reversal? Only time will answer that question with certainty, but judging from FUN, we certainly have our suspicions.

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!

Rob Lehmann
The Reeded Edge, Inc.



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