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13 Nov 2015

My Trip to the Coin Show Part One: The Bourse

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Last weekend I went to the Springfield coin show, something that I have been looking forward to ever since summer. I have been saving up for the last couple months for the event and was not disappointed. In this first blog I will talk about the bourse and what I purchased.

Overall, my experiences on the bourse were very positive and educational. I got to view many coins that I have read about up close and personal, which was very exciting. Many of the dealers were friendly and talkative. Many gave me discounts due to my age which was very kind. There were not a lot of kids, but there were a good amount of younger adults and experienced collectors alike. There were dealers for every niche from supplies, to Indian Head cents, to Morgan dollars. There seemed to be a lot of slabbed Morgan dollars as well as some Trade and Peace dollars. Classic commemoratives were also in demand and dealers had plenty in stock in high grades. Many of these coins were out of the average collector’s price range but seemed to have some buyers. Lots of dealers seemed unhappy with the turnout. In my opinion, the turnout wasn’t as large as previous years but the bourse seemed very busy with eager buyers.

I was one of those eager buyers. I came to the show planning to pick up the last of the Roosevelt dimes that I needed, a couple high-grade steel cents (the ones that I had in my album before were almost black and low grade), a 1922-D Lincoln cent, and a cheap large cent. For the most part, I achieved those goals and exceeded them. First, I bought a 10x loupe, something that I have been wanting for a long time. I also bought a couple of nice slab-like plastic holders for my classic commemorative halves and American Silver Eagles. I tracked down the rest of the Roosevelt dimes that I needed, although I had some trouble finding a 1950-S that was affordable for me. Eventually I did find one, although it is in EF. I also bought an uncirculated 1943-D Lincoln cent. It has only one light fingerprint mark, but other than that the coin has very little blemishes and great luster. The next coin I purchased was the 1922-D Lincoln cent. It is a very nice coin that is borderline VG/EF. I also bought two large cents. They are some “uglies” but I think they are very cool. The first is an 1848 cull cent that has considerable rim damage and pitting on both the obverse and reverse. However, most of the details are visible and the date is clearly seen. This coin was a bargain at $1.50 and I simply couldn’t resist. The second large cent is even cooler. It is a Draped Bust and is extremely worn to the point that there is only a faint outline of the obverse design. The reverse has part of the wreath and a couple letters that I can make out. There is some pitting and unfortunatly, parts of the pitting go through the date. Using my brand new loupe, I have come to the conclusion that the coin is from 1802 because the top of the 18 and 2 are visible under magnification. I only paid $2.50 for the coin and it is a very cool addition to my small large cent collection.

I had a great time at the Springfield coin show and cannot wait until the next time I go. However, I did not spend all my time on the bourse. Part Two: The YN auction.


Comments

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

I love coin shows! Unfortunately i have only been to 2

user_5225

Level 5

good finds.

Kellen

Level 5

Kids do generally get a lot of discounts. I know I do.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Congrats on a successful show. I don't get to go to as many as I would like.

user_4339

Level 3

Coin shows are a great way to acquire items you need. But also if the show has club tables you can learn from them about the advantage of joining. And seminars widen your knowledge or topics you might not thought you would be interested in. And a chance to talk to others who share your interests.

user_4339

Level 3

user_7180

Level 5

It sounds like you had a great time and picked up some nice coins. Congratulations!

Kellen

Level 5

I love the bourse floor.

Longstrider

Level 6

Good job. The bourse floor can be a little daunting at first. Thanks!

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