What an extraordinary February Greater Atlanta Coin Show! We always think the show will be
good, but we didn't expect the bourse to be as busy as it was from the opening at 9 am until
tapering off from 2 pm until closing at 5 pm.
A big welcome and a huge thank you to all of the new people, the regulars and the infrequent
guests who visited the coin show. We appreciate you attending the show, and we're glad you
The second monthly coin show of 2013 began with sunshine in the morning and ended with
rain and thunderstorms starting mid afternoon. For February in metro Atlanta, the
temperatures were mild and pleasant. More importantly, we're thankful that we didn't get any of
the storm that dumped three feet of snow in the New England states.
At the Sunday show, Gary welcomed visitors at the entrance and continued to provide overall
security for the coin show while Jim recuperates. As a pleasant surprise, Jim came to visit for
a short time. He's in good spirits and looking forward to starting to work with his new
On an opposite note, some of our visitors took advantage of having several coin dealers in one place to sell their
collectibles. Our dealers have a variety of interests, and due to the friendly competition on the floor, offer their best prices
for people's collectibles and bullion.
One visitor brought a nice group of bust dollars - but not to sell. This guest wanted assistance in learning how to get the
coins slabbed by a grading service.
Neither silver nor gold, a dealer sold a one-ounce palladium Panda at the show. Palladium, another white precious
metal, currently trades on the commodities market in the mid to upper $700s per troy ounce. The palladium shone in its
minted Panda form.
This month visitors to the show looked for a variety of items
including both collectibles and bullion investment coins along with
perusing the selection of other treasures on the bourse.
Several people searched for the new 2013 American Silver Eagles
among the dealers' showcases. Earlier this year, the US Mint
stopped selling the 2013 American Silver Eagles due to lack of
supply. Though the US Mint re-started sales, only a few dealers at
the show had the bullion silver coins on display.
Not to be outdone, gold could be found on the bourse as well.
Several dealers offered proof gold buffalo coins. Also, several
dealers displayed a number of slabbed modern proof gold coins
available for sale.
Beautiful but not widely popular, an Ultra High Relief gold
coin changed hands. This striking coin using Augustus
Saint-Gaudens original design showed off a deep
In another gold transaction, a dealer offered and sold a
slabbed gold $5 coin circa 1800. At over 200 years old
and with a low mintage, this coin commands a price larger
than its gold content.
As another rare example found at Sunday's show, a very
nice trade dollar was on display in an MS-63 graded
holder. Similar in size and weight of the silver dollar
"cartwheels" and designed by William Barber, the US Mint
struck the trade dollars from 1873 - 1885.
From an even earlier time frame, a virtually complete
(missing only two coins) large cent collection from 1826 -
1857 arrived on the bourse.
Of course, there were many other displays as well from the
ancient to the modern era coins; gold, silver, platinum and
palladium bullion; watches, jewelry and gemstones;
currency, stock certificates and financial paper along with
a variety of other exonumia.
Next month's coin show will be just as varied with a few of
the same displays but many new ones as well.
Mark your calendar and make plans to visit the third Greater Atlanta Coin Show of the new year on Sunday, March 10,
2013 to buy, sell and browse the wide variety of numismatic and collectible items.