What a busy September Sunday at the Greater Atlanta Coin Show!
A big THANK YOU goes out to all of our dealers and to the many visitors to the show -both
new and return visitors, for making the show a busy and fun place to be.
It was a good day with good traffic and good trading on the bourse among the dealers and the
Dealers filled the bourse-minus one-with their variety of coins, bullion, currency and
collectibles. Here's a hope-you're-feeling-better wish to the one dealer who decided on
Sunday morning that he didn't feel well enough to attend.
And, here's a "Happy Birthday" to the dealer whose birthday coincided with the Sunday coin
Frequently, other groups fill other rooms in the hotel's convention space. This month a church
met in one of the downstairs rooms. Their band, at times, vibrated the feet of the people on the
coin show's bourse. That's okay, we hope they enjoyed their church service.
We observed several new faces among the visitors to the show, a
few of them from the church service - welcome, we're glad you
Some of the new folks came bringing items for evaluation and
perhaps to sell. Others looked for bullion and collectibles. Still others
browsed the items on display.
One new gentleman rolled in a cart with over 4000 items to sell.
Several people at the show looked for 2012 US Mint products from
regular proof sets to silver proof sets to Presidential $1 proof sets.
These 2012 products are almost, but not quite, as rare as hen's
teeth. In other words, they couldn't be found on this month's bourse.
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from September 2013
As usual, the Greater Atlanta Coin Show's bourse offered a wide variety of items from ancient to colonial to federal to
modern coinage and currency along with bullion coins and metals, stocks and bonds, fossils and rocks, old timepieces
and jewelry plus other interesting items.
Whether a collector or a curiosity seeker, the show offers something for everyone.
A flurry of fur flying across the country...
See a problem, solve a problem...
Leave it to a New Yorker...
"...look like a postage stamp on the side of a barn door..."
"...a scheme is maturing with the Loco-focos..."
"...the goodliest soile under the cope of heaven..."
So, what is a Phrygian cap?
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Make plans to visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, October 13, 2013 to see what the coin dealers
have on display and to buy, sell and browse their many examples of coins and currency, jewelry and other collectibles.
Other people showed interest in the 2013 2-piece American Eagle Silver coins set. One brought a set to sell.
Another stopped at the show to buy a set.
Some of our dealers offered jewelry in addition to collectibles. The bourse included a large variety of Sterling Silver
jewelry. In addition, dealers offered jewelry set with precious, semi-precious, and inexpensive, but attractive,
Previously and still popular, several dealers displayed the 2011 5-piece American Eagle Silver set that recognized
the 25th anniversary of the American Eagle silver coins. This set of American Eagle silver coins included a "W"
mint mark uncirculated coin, a "W" mint mark proof coin, a "P" mint mark reverse proof coin, a bullion coin and an
"S" mint mark uncirculated coin.
At the recent ANA coin show in Chicago, the US Mint generated a lot of
buzz for the 2013 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Reverse Proof
Coin. This coin honors the 100th anniversary of the Indian Head and
American Buffalo designs first introduced on the 1913 nickel.
The US Mint sold several early releases of the coins to visitors and
dealers at the ANA show. Their online sales closed just before this
month's Greater Atlanta Coin Show at the deadline of 5pm on
There probably were a few discussions on the bourse, but people just
weren't that interested in the American Buffalo Reverse Proof gold coins
at this month's show. Perhaps people will be interested when the buzz
starts again as the US Mint mails the filled orders.
Back on the silver side, a gentleman brought in a nice Franklin half
dollar set for evaluation. Several dealers also displayed nice Franklins
in their showcases.
Speaking of silver, Redfield Morgan and Peace dollars could be found
on the bourse in Paramount and NGC holders.
So, what's a Redfield dollar?
LaVere Redfield in his younger years farmed potatoes. A frugal man, he
began buying low priced stocks that others did not want. Then, later in
life he began buying silver dollars due to his distrust of governments and
After being robbed a few times, he began traveling further away from his home to buy the silver dollars. And, he
built an area in his basement without an access door. Instead, he had a chute that allowed him to drop bags of
silver dollars into the basement area. These bags contained $1000 face value of silver dollars.
After his death in 1974, his silver dollars - more than 400,000 - became known as the Redfield Hoard.
The Redfield dollars were sold at auction with a large percentage of the coins graded as MS-60 or MS-65 and
placed in Paramount holders.
Today, NGC offers to re-grade the coins using today's grading standards and add one of their grading labels to
the existing Redfield holder.
As an aside, like Sam Walton, LaVere Redfield drove a dilapidated old
truck and continued to wear his comfortable jeans and shirts even after
becoming a wealthy man.
Wouldn't it be interesting to know how many silver dollars he would have
had if the thieves hadn't absconded with his earlier collections?
Some of the dealers at the Sunday show displayed stocks and bonds
from years gone by. Those old certificates can be artistic treasures
unlike the electronic depository for stocks today.
Similar to gemstones, some dealers offered fossils and interesting
rocks in their display cases.