About This Site
Our website Header contains the standard stuff you'd expect, including our logo (first doodled by your author during math class in high school). This logo is also a link to our home page, so if you ever need to go home, click it!
To the left you'll find links to our social media sites on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook:
We use Twitter to provide up to the minute updates of our travel and show activities.
Pinterest is reserved for interesting image-based content not exactly suitable for the website.
On Facebook we like to include information about new coins and activities that aren't quite ready for prime time.
On the right side you'll find the CRO gold-framed message board which includes frequently updated reminders about upcoming events, items we are seeking, other pertinent information and, sometimes, just an image to jazz up the site. Note the message board itself is also a link, so click on it to learn more about the topic du jour.
Our horizontal menu bar contains drop down links to every page of this site, including the one you are currently reading, information about us, details of our policies, unsolicited customer testimonials and a page containing FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). A lot of the email questions we receive are already answered right there.
Finally, and of special importance to us is the often-imitated-never-equaled CRO
'Last Site Update' clock in the upper right corner. We started doing
this waaaay back in 2006 for one reason: We update this site multiple times every single day and
thought that was worth highlighting (since a lot of numismatic websites
seem to update somewhere between once a week and never).
Our Home Page contains a brief description of what we do here, our Early Bird Notification schedule, notices about upcoming shows (including maps to our table locations) and articles of interest.
To the right you'll find color-coded buttons taking you to the most popular sections of the site, and our 'Featured Coin' listing, which includes the item shown in our current CoinWorld ad.
The Road Report
feature (the most popular section of the site based on the feedback we
get) contains a vivid (or at least semi-vivid) description of what we
saw, did, experienced, bid on, bought and/or sold on our travels. We
like to think of this as a cross between an old Rare Coin Review and an article by Dave Barry.
Our Coin Commentary
is kind of our 'Op Ed' piece where we get to say whatever we want. We
hope you'll find it interesting and/or thought provoking. If you
disagree with what we say, email us and tell us why. If you write
something really good, maybe we'll go ahead and post that (with your
permission, of course).
And we must not forget our Ad Archive,
which we created based on input from our customers. Hey, we aim to
give the people what they want, and they apparently wanted to see all
of our old ads in one place. For those who want more, click on the ads themselves for some top-secret insights into the CRO creative process.
We presume the primary reason people visit a coin website is to
see the coins, and so we have done everything possible to make the presentation of Our Coins as interesting and easy to use as possible.
- The selection of items is varied and contains things that
you probably won't see anywhere else. Who knows, maybe you'll discover
something interesting in a series or area that you hadn't considered
We personally never enjoy hunting through search
screens on dealer websites to find coins of potential interest, so we
decided to put all of our inventory on one page so you can see it all
without breaking a sweat or injuring yourself.
- All coins are shown in our Showcase View presentation with a picture of every single coin on one page. See something of interest? Click on any coin and check out our Catalog View page with XL images and a detailed description.
Speaking of pictures, ours are the best we can possibly obtain, shot
for us by the preeminent coin photographers in the business today.
We endeavor to write the description of each item as it might have
appeared in an old New Netherland's or Bowers and Ruddy auction
catalog. We relate meaningful information about the coins' history and
rarity, incorporating our own proprietary research where possible, in
what we hope is an interesting and informative way. And you'll note
that we use exclamation points only when absolutely necessary.
- Personally, we find "Price On Request" (POR) on other sites to be terribly off-putting, so we never do that.
- If a coin is ordered by a customer but the deal has not been finalized yet, the coin will be marked HOLD. For a lay-a-way deal in which a customer is paying over time, you may see the HOLD sign showing for an extended period. Sometimes deals do not work out, though, and occasionally coins marked HOLD become available again - so if you see something you like it cannot hurt to inquire.
- When a deal is done and a coin has been sold, it will say SOLD. We usually leave these up on the site for a few days.
Our Archive is
where you get to see an ever-changing look at some of the more interesting and important items we've handled through the years. Though please note that none of these items are currently for sale.
Every couple of weeks (always on Tuesdays at noon East Coast time) we send out our Early Bird
The Early Bird contains images and detailed descriptions of our newest acquisitions before they are posted to our website.
If that sounds like something you'd like to see, just click the gold Early Bird button on our home page, follow the simple instructions and add your name to our list. Once your name is added, you will receive the next scheduled Early Bird Notification.
Many coins sell before they ever make it to our online inventory, so if you want first shot, we encourage you to sign up.
It's free, it's easy and there's no obligation -
We Need Your Help!
This site exists for our customers, and it is our sincere desire to provide the content you want in a format that is as simple and easy to use as possible.
So if anyone ever has any suggestions for what we can do better, we sure would like to hear them.
John & MaryAnn