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FUN Better Than Expected

Chalk up another success story for the FUN Show Committee. Dealers came to see how the first show of the year would unfold. Collectors came to spend money and the auctions continue to draw a major portion of the sales. The bourse floor was constantly busy with buying and selling from start to finish and very few dealers reported disappointment. The significant constant theme for success was that the closer you were to the front of the entrance to the bourse room, the better chance you had for attracting some of the retail dollars coming into the room. Some dealers suffered from collectors running out of money by the time they found them in the back of the expansive room. This is nothing really new.

From the perspective of most dealers just about everything was active, although in some areas of the market, collectors were being more selective. In other words, series with lots of coins available needed to be very competitively priced or have extra eye appeal for the grade. In the areas of strength, the market was very thin so dealers and collectors had to be ready and willing to accept the terms of the sale at a moment’s notice or the next time they visited the dealer’s bourse table the coin would likely be already sold. Rarities for the grade, low mintages, low census coins, slim availability, these are characteristics of coins that were very strong at the FUN Show. Early Gold, Proof Gold, Early Type, Key dates in most series (especially where the collector finds few properly graded specimens available); all these coins were being sought throughout the show.

Major auctions brought more than $80 million in prices realized with Heritage leading the way with over $75 million in a world record. Auction rooms were constantly busy with buyers trying to get a share of history. Internet bidding always makes the Heritage sales very competitive and increases the results of their auctions.

The metals were very volatile last week and fell considerably. They begin the morning on the upside but make sure you check final numbers before completing any transactions. Gold is currently at $606.00 and Silver is $12.12; Platinum is $1118.





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