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Coin Commentary

Our Opinions on All Things Numismatic

May 12; 2020: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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By now experts in this sequestering thing, Team CRO has been hard at work running the business as usual and trying to keep the website updated with new and interesting coins.

And while in the past we’d find a lot of them in our well documented coin show bourse floor scouring, that outlet of course does not exist for the time being.  So we’ve been maximizing our alternatives, working the phones, talking to customers, buying collections and generally finding cool coins wherever we can.

That also includes bidding in auctions, but the stay at home orders have certainly changed our approach to those.  Whereas in the past we’d view every single thing in hand and find the coins we wanted, now we’re reliant on having a few expensive coins shipped to us for a look and otherwise bidding pretty much exclusively on coins we know and have seen and/or owned before and are therefore sure we like (which after this many years in business is at least a few in most auctions).

But, even with these limitations we’ve been finding enough interesting things, and rest assured we’ll have plenty of neat items on the next list.  Like these, for example:

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Regarding said list, we were pleased to see that the last couple of Early Birds went out mostly without a hitch, and the aol and yahoo email user problems mentioned in our last CC are now resolved.  Still, there are now seemingly some incompatibility issues with older email providers.  So if anyone had an issue receiving or viewing the Early Bird we’d really like to hear from you so we can try to fix any problems and make improvements.

Since of course we are subscribers to the philosophy of kaizen (continuous improvement) on the site and cannot help but tweak anything if we see a way to make it a little better.  So in the last 2 weeks we’ve updated our inventory and archive pages to make the images open even faster since we really, really hate to wait. And we’ve changed the format for viewing our historic articles in the Coin Commentary and Road Report sections. Hey, we figure not too many other dealers have 15 years worth of content on their sites and so we want to make all of that as accessible as possible. The Ad Archive is next. And you’ll be seeing plenty of other changes too, minor and major, over the next weeks.

We also received a couple of very good suggestions on general website improvement from customers, and implemented two straight away:  1) Changing our inventory HOLD and SOLD signs from black to red for ease of viewing, and 2) Removing SOLD items more quickly so they don’t gum up the works.  As we always say, this site exists for our customers, so if anyone ever has any suggestions for what we can do better, we sure would like to hear them.

In other news, we’ve been trading like mad lately.  Three of the coins on the last Early Bird and two subsequent orders from our regular website inventory were acquired by customers all via trade of bullion in which we again worked the phones, secured the highest price possible for the customer, and applied that amount against our asking price.  So the trade option (of anything, not just bullion) always exists if you’re interested.

Finally, we’ve read predictions on various sites about the next show(s), when they might be, where they might be, what they might look like, etc.  We really have no idea and choose not to speculate.  Whenever it is, wherever it is, whatever it is, we’ll be there with cool coins, happy to see our friends and colleagues again.

In the meantime, we’ll be here ready to do business selling, buying, trading, grading or just talking coins, any day, between 7AM and 11PM just as it is says in our website header. So call us, or email us, and let’s see what we can do.

In the meantime, please stay safe out there.

EOM

Coin Commentary Archive

April 13, 2020: The New CRO Website 4.0

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March 16, 2020: Coin Collecting in an Uncertain World, Part 2

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CRO lost a close friend of the firm a few days ago. Michael Luck, long time customer, advisor and numismatic savant is no longer with us. I first...

August 12, 2019: Stream of Coin-sciousness ANA Edition

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May 31, 2019: May by the Numbers

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April 30, 2019: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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February 28, 2019: February by the Numbers

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time to review the month of February numerically starting right now: 28:  Number of days in the month, of course.  And also the...

January 19, 2019: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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November 12, 2018: CRO’s View of the Archangel Collection

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August 31, 2018: August by the Numbers

Great news everyone it is once again time for our annual August by the Numbers article starting right now: 2 SMs and 1 XL:  Shows attended this month,...

March 13, 2018: Stream of Coin-sciousness

Just back from a surprisingly active ANA show in Irving and yet another illustration that we never really know what we’ll find in our travels, what new coins...

January 31, 2018: Numismatics Meets Cruciverbalism

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December 28, 2017: The Year in Review

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September 20, 2017: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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August 31, 2017: August by the Numbers

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June 1, 2017: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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April 30, 2017: April by the Numbers

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March 26, 2017: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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December 31, 2016: The Year In Review

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November 11, 2016: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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July 31, 2016: July by the Numbers

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May 6, 2016: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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March 30, 2016: First Quarter Colonial Auction Recap

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January 23, 2016: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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December 31, 2015: The Year in Review

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October 31, 2015: October by the Numbers

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March 30, 2015: CRO’s View of the Kendall Foundation Collection

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February 6, 2015: CRO’s View of the Donald Partrick Collection, Part I

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January 1, 2015: CRO’s Numismatic New Year’s Resolutions

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December 31, 2014: The Year in Review

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November 16, 2014: CRO’s View of the Eric Newman Collection, Part V

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August 31st, 2014: August by the Numbers

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May 17, 2014: CRO’s View of the Eric Newman Collection, Part IV

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April 16, 2014: The Numismatic Fall from Grace

Numismatic Fall from Grace: n(y)o͞oməzˈmatik fôl frəm grās.  noun phrase.  Def.:  A numismatic loss of status, respect, or prestige. And we might have had our best ever example...

December 30, 2013: The Year in Review

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November 18, 2013: CRO’s View of the Eric Newman Collection, Part II

As our loyal readers have almost certainly heard, seen and experienced by now, last week a significant numismatic event took place in New York in the form of...

October 21, 2013: Stream of Coin-sciousness

In the midst of what has to be the most pleasant New England fall weather I’ve ever experienced (unlike some previous years when we were already shoveling snow...

July 21, 2013: Stream of Coin-sciousness

After an action packed early summer which has taken us from Long Beach to Mexico to Kentucky to Edinburgh, Scotland, we are pleased to be back just in...

March 31, 2013: CRO’s ‘March by the Numbers’

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January 23, 2013: Stack’s-Bowers Americana Colonial Auction Recap

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December 28, 2012: The Year in Review

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November 8, 2012: Lot Viewing at Stack’s-Bowers in NY

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November 3, 2012: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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September 15, 2012: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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July 31, 2012: Heritage Lot Viewing in Philadelphia

I am delighted to provide this Bonus RR about my day-trip to Philadelphia made exclusively to view Heritage auction lots, a previously unplanned, hastily arranged visit made necessary...

July 30, 2012: Ch-ch-ch-changes

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May 19, 2012: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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April 26, 2012: The Salmon Classification System for Massachusetts Silver Coins

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March 1, 2012: Rosen Numismatic Advisory Crystal Ball Survey, Part 2

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February 1, 2012: Rosen Numismatic Advisory Crystal Ball Survey, Part I

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December 12, 2011: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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September 23, 2011: Stream of Coin-sciousness

Now that we have a few week lull between shows in Pennsylvania, it seems an excellent time to address the following question:  Why do we have two shows...

August 7, 2011: An Official Redbook Contributor

E. M. of Farmington, MI emailed recently to ask what that red and white square symbol on our home page means.  And since I (DW) have always wanted...

May 23, 2011: Stream of Coin-sciousness

Ah yes, there is nothing like traveling all over this great land to attend coin shows. But as much as we really enjoy them, there are occasional instances...

March 31, 2011: First Quarter Colonial Auction Recap

The following article by our own John Agre appeared in the Colonial Coin Collector’s Club (C4) Newsletter, but since not all of our website visitors are C4 members, we thought...

March 2, 2011: In Memory of My Friend Steve Tanenbaum

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February 18, 2011: The Local Country Auction

The other day a collector remarked about how we regularly mention Stack’s, Heritage or other major auctions here on the site, but never say “boo” (his word, not...

January 26-28, 2011: Stack’s Americana Auction

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January 21, 2011: Stream of Coin-sciousness

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December 27, 2010: The Year in Review

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November 12, 2010: CRO Goes Hollywood, Part Deux!

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September 11, 2010: The Colonial Numismatic Barbecue

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June 11, 2010: The Find

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March 15, 2010: Corrections to the Whitman Encyclopedia

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January 25-27, 2010: Stack’s Americana Auction in New York, Part II

While John did his lot viewing at Stack’s on Friday last week, I, David J. Wnuck, headed out this Monday for the car + train trip into Manhattan....

January 22, 2010: Stack’s Americana Auction in New York, Part I

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this special bonus edition of the RR recapping my one-day jaunt down to NYC for some intensive lot viewing at Stack’s.  This...

December 31, 2009: The Year in Review

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November 25, 2009: So you want to be a numismatic cataloger, eh?

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November 9, 2009: CRO Goes Hollywood!

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September 27th, 2009: We Have a Winner(s)!

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August 31, 2009: CRO’s ‘August by the Numbers’

Just 1:  Coin shows we attended. 44:  CRO checks written there. 4 Big Boxes:  Quantity of NEWPs sent out for photography from the show. 17:  The number of...

July 11, 2009: The Mentor-ist

More Numismatic Non-Fiction By Dave Wnuck Have you ever heard someone described as a ‘natural’ in numismatics?  I have – usually referring to a person who seems to...

May 21, 2009: Review of the Whitman Encyclopedia, Part II

In our last Coin Commentary (gee, time sure does fly around here) we reprinted a review of the new Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins by Wayne Homren....

March 25, 2009: Review of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins

Recently Wayne Homren, Editor of the fantastic and highly recommended E-sylum (which, in their own words, is described as “a weekly electronic newsletter published by the Numismatic Bibliomania...

March 5, 2009: So you’re going to a coin show, eh?

Some time ago a client of ours recommended that we write a Coin Commentary for collectors attending a first show.  So we did (though we’ve tried to make...

February 18, 2009: Notable Numismatic Quotables, Part I

Over the years we’ve heard and read a number of interesting and thought provoking numismatic quotes from a variety of sources (actually, we’ve come up with a few...

January 14-15, 2009: Stack’s Americana Auction

This just in – it was very, very cold in New York. It was also not very crowded on the streets and sidewalks, which might have been because...

December 27, 2008: The Year in Review

It’s time once again for Dave and me to reflect back on another year of traveling to coin shows and auctions, meeting a lot of nice people, buying...

Thanksgiving, 2008: Thank you

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October 21-22, 2008: Stack’s 73rd Anniversary Auction

Good news everyone, we have for you here a TWO (2) Day auction recap! Day 1: While most of the rest of the numismatic world was still sleeping,...

October 1, 2008: Coin Collecting in an Uncertain World

As usual, we’re going to tell it like it is in our Coin Commentary. You see, we actually have a number of incredibly clever new topics lined up...

August 19, 2008: The Coin Collection at Colonial Williamsburg

I am pleased to present this recap from my vacation side-trip to view the extensive colonial and early American coin holdings (including pieces on public display, as well...

July 23, 2008: On CAC

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July 14, 2008: What are Your Choices for the 100 Greatest US Coins?

That was the question posed to me recently by the good folks at Whitman Publishing. It seems they are hard at work on the shiny new 3rd Edition...

May 19, 2008: My Love Affair with a Fat, Old Woman

An Original Work of Numismatic Non-Fiction by Dave Wnuck. Shhhhh. Don’t tell my wife, but I’m in love with another woman. Fact is, I’ve been infatuated with her...

March 31, 2008: An Ode to . . . John Agre(?) by Dave Wnuck

This Coin Commentary may sound nakedly self-promotional, but I’d like to tell the folks out there a little about my business partner and the half owner of Coin...

February 9, 2008: Colonial Coin Collecting Q & A, Part 2

Waaaaaay back in August of 2006 we wrote part 1 of this Q & A with every intention of adding Part 2 eventually. Well, as it turns out,...

January 15-16, 2008: Stack’s Americana Auction

Because we hadn’t quite had our fill of coins at the FUN show, we were delighted that Stack’s had scheduled their annual Americana auction (plus some cool world...

December 26, 2007: The Year in Review

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November 15, 2007: How Come the Coins Went so Cheap?

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November 2, 2007: Ten Coins we Could Buy and Sell Ten Times

This idea for a Coin Commentary was submitted by one of our customers, and I liked the idea so much that I just started flailing away on the...

October 16, 2007: Stack’s Ford XX and XXI and 72nd Anniversary Auction

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September 10, 2007: So How’s the Coin Market? (Parts 1 & 2)

That’s a question dealers (including us) hear all of the time from customers. And while responses to this question may vary wildly depending on who you ask, this...

July 31, 2007: How Can You Avoid Buying Doctored Coins?

We recently received an email from a collector who was dismayed by the number of doctored, conserved and enhanced coins in TPG holders in the marketplace. Despite his...

July 4, 2007: Life is Too Short to Buy Ugly Coins

At the recent Baltimore show, I spent a fair amount of time walking the floor perusing the gazillion dealer tables looking for nice coins to buy. And after...

May 27, 2007: The Right Stuff

Is what I saw during a recent visit to view a customer’s collection. He graciously invited me to travel to meet him and view his coins, and, of...

May 22, 2007: Stack’s Ford XVIII and Henry Leon Auctions

We planned to bring home a lot of loot, and that’s exactly what we did. From the 3 PM kick-off of the Ford session through some early Americana,...

April 14, 2007: What should you do with a sub-par coin?

Let’s say you have a coin in your collection that really isn’t up to snuff. And I don’t mean one that is too low grade, or not expensive...

March 16, 2007: Why are we talking about trains?

That’s an excellent question – thank you for asking. Actually, the answer is quite simple. One of the most informative and important articles I’ve ever read about coin...

February 22, 2007: Trip to the Bennington Museum

You’re in for an unexpected treat today as I recap my trip to the Bennington Museum (in Bennington, Vermont, of course) to view the collection of Vermont colonial...

Michael Kent Ringo: 05/28/54 – 01/28/07

We lost a good friend and numismatic colleague this week with the passing of Mike Ringo. Most coin collectors and dealers may have never heard of Mike. He...

January 18, 2007: Should Coins be Purchased as an Investment?

You’re in for a treat today, especially since Dave and I totally disagree on this topic. Which means this will be our first Point-Counterpoint Coin Commentary, almost certain...

December 1, 2006: How NOT to Buy Coins at Auction

We felt compelled to write this week’s Coin Commentary as a sort of numismatic public service announcement after watching all kinds of people buy all kinds of coins...

October 17-18, 2006: Stack’s Auctions

I packed up my lot-viewing psyche, my loupe and halogen lamp, my ‘What would PCGS grade this thing?’ prognostication hat and trucked on down to New York for...

October 10, 2006: Dave Speaks About the Market

Interesting times in the coin market. After an almost unprecedented multi-year run-up in demand, prices and euphoria, we are seeing some changes. Some areas of softening. Some areas...

August 30, 2006: Colonial Coin Collecting Q & A, Part 1

An increasing portion of our business is in colonial coins, and so we thought it was about time for us to speak up. So, where do we start?...

July 18, 2006: One Vote for the ‘Box-of-20’ Concept

We have been around coins for a long, long time, and we’ve seen people collect coins of all different kinds in all different ways, from type sets to...

July 1-7, 2006: ANA Summer Seminar

What could be better than a week of intensive numismatic activity surrounded by other numismatists in an idyllic mountain setting? Well, actually, a lot of things, but for...

June 9, 2006: Once sold, what item(s) in your inventory will be hardest to replace?

Someone asked us this on the phone today and we thought it was an interesting, thought provoking question. Not easy to answer though. Lets see, there is one...

May 26, 2006: So how much of a premium above sheet levels would you pay for a choice original coin?

Lots of people say they want them. That they value originality. That they hate to see original coins stripped and dipped and ruined. And we agree. So how...

May 23-25, 2006: Stack’s May Auctions including Ford XIV

We like coin auctions as much as anyone, but this week at Stack’s was pushing it. We had 4 separate catalogs to be offered in three separate sessions...

May 6, 2006: What makes a good client?

Someone asked us this at a recent show and, as is our want, we like to answer particularly interesting or provacative questions right here on the ol’ website....

April 16, 2006: Top 10 things we would change about coin slabbing

In no particular order: All slabbed coins would be photographed by the services and would thus be traceable, and it would therefore be impossible to crack out and...

April 4, 2006: Do you guys BUY coins for these prices?????

A gentleman came to our table at the Baltimore show a couple of weeks ago, looked in the case for a while, admired a couple of coins, asked...

March 19, 2006: Will the last original coin to leave please turn out the lights?

Heres an experiment for you: Go to view lots at a typical major auction. Look through every box of every series and jot down how many original, uncorrupted...

March 5, 2006: Thoughts on Coin Grading, Part 1

We thought we’d tackle a not-controversial, simple and easy topic like ‘coin grading’ this week. We’ll start with how we, as dealers, grade and assess a coin: Whether...

January 28, 2006: Heritage’s Jules Reiver Sale

We just returned from one absolute endurance test of an auction – the $8.5 million Jules Reiver Collection auction conducted by Heritage and held at their Dallas headquarters....

January 16, 2006: Stack’s Ford XIII Auction

The latest installment of the John J. Ford collection – the French Colonial Coins and Tokens and Betts Medals Part I – came to auction at Stack’s on...

January 15, 2006: Why should I buy from a dealer?

In our experience, this question is typically followed by a statement that goes something like this: “I can just buy from auctions myself, so I really don’t need...

December 26, 2005: The Big Picture

As we’ve had a few days to relax, enjoy the holidays and spend some time with our families, we’ve had a little time to step back and reflect...

October 19, 2005: Stack’s Ford XII Auction

Wasn’t it just yesterday I was sitting in a cramped room breathlessly waiting for Ford I to begin? Actually that was 2 years ago. And so there we...
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