For the November Greater Atlanta Coin Show, we received an unwelcome surprise on the Saturday afternoon before the Sunday show.
The hotel called to advise us of the show being moved from our scheduled space in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to several downstairs conference rooms.
In the past when we were downstairs, we only had Lyon and Sanford, which did not allow enough aisle space.
This time, with more rooms, we scrambled, yes, scrambled at the last minute, to figure out how to fit all of the dealers into three rooms - the Lyon, Sanford and Cole rooms - and still have enough aisle space for people to walk or roll from dealer to dealer.
With some trial and error, we figured out the best configuration to get all of the tables and still have enough space for movement.
We THANK YOU all - visiting public and dealers, alike - for your flexibility and adjustment to the change in space.
We also appreciate the many people who visited the November bourse and moved among the dealers in the three rooms.
We are especially thankful to the dealers that set up in the new venue and thankful that many commented they had a good show.
As for the weather, it was an overcast day with some weak sunshine in the midday. The temperatures were mild for November in the upper 50s to low 60s.
Inside, the three-room bourse was a busy place to be.
Let's take a virtual look at just a few of the numismatic treasures seen among the displays.
First, we have a 136-year old blue and pink coin. Yes, really.
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from November 2015
At brilliant white, this coin must have been protected almost from the very first.
Silver tones or tarnishes quickly when exposed to the air. Plus, had the coin been circulated, it would have more than a few small blemishes.
For the Barber quarter, 1915 was the next to last year of production. The Denver mint produced almost 3.7 million of the roughly 7.9 million Liberty Head quarters for circulation in that year.
Brilliant white silver makes for a pretty coin that almost looks unreal, whether it's from 100 years ago or from modern silver coinage.
It's an 1879 Morgan dollar graded by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) as PF-63.
In that year, according to the Red Book, the Philadelphia mint produced only 1100 of the proof Morgan dollars even though over 27 million were made for circulation.
According to the ANA Grading Standards, Proof-63 means:
Mirrored (or other Proof style) fields may be slightly impaired. Numerous small contact marks, and a few scattered heavy marks, may be seen. Hairlines are light but extensive and are visible without magnification. Several detracting scuff marks or defects may be present throughout the design or in the fields. The general quality is about average, but overall the coin is rather attractive.
Contact Marks: May have distracting marks in prime focal areas.
Hairlines: Will have extensive but light hairlines.
Fields: May be original or slightly impaired.
Eye Appeal: Rather attractive for silver and gold issues.
With the blue and pink color, this coin has toning, which many people especially like, and some will even pay a premium for attractively toned coins.
The next coin on our tour is an 1858 one-cent coin graded by NGC as MS-64.
The US Mint produced 24.6 million of the 1858 Flying Eagle one-cent coins with a result of three different types: large letters, small letters and 8/7.
This example was of the Large Letter variety.
The ANA Grading Standards defines the MS-64:
Has at least average luster and strike for the type. Several small contact marks in groups, as well as one or two moderately heavy marks may be present. One or two small patches of hairlines may show. Noticeable light scuff marks or defects might be seen within the design or in the field. Overall quality is attractive, with a pleasing eye appeal. If copper, the coin may be slightly dull.
Contact Marks: May have light scattered marks; a few may be in prime focal areas.
Hairlines: May have a few scattered or a small patch.
Eye Appeal: Quite attractive.
The coin may be one of many, but at 157 years old and in MS-64 condition, this coin provided a beautiful and valuable example of the Flying Eagle cents.
The next tour stops at a quarter dollar coin from 1915.
The Denver mint struck this coin, a Barber or Liberty Head twenty-five cent coin, that has maintained its brilliant white silver color and was graded by NGC as MS-65.
In summary, the ANA Grading Standards describes an MS-65 Barber quarter:
No trace of wear; nearly as perfect as MS-67 except for some small blemishes. Has full mint luster but may be unevenly toned or lightly fingermarked. A few minor nicks or marks may be present.
Last on our tour for November is another Barber coin, this one a 50-cent piece.
The Philadelphia mint produced this coin in 1892 during the first year of production for the Barber or Liberty Half Dollar coin.
The US Mint's production of the coins occurred in Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco for a total just under 2.4 million coins.
PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) graded this coin as an MS-63.
For the Barber Half, the ANA Grading Standards summarizes the MS-63:
A Mint State coin with attractive mint luster, but noticeable detracting contact marks or minor blemishes.
In general, that may be true. This coin, however, had the added characteristics of beautiful multi-colored toning.
These coins were just a small sampling of the many numismatic treasures on the November bourse.
The dealers' showcases offered many different coins, currency, bullion and collectibles for the viewing, buying and trading pleasure of the visitors.
As usual, the dealers discussed collectibles and offered their free, verbal appraisals for people that brought their items for evaluation.
In December, the dealers will again pack the bourse with their displays filled with similar items along with newly found collectibles that they obtain between the monthly shows.
Visitors are always welcome and admission is always free to browse, buy, sell and trade coins, bullion, currency and related items with the dealers at the Greater Atlanta Coin Show.
Mark your calendars for the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, December 13, 2015 in the Joe Mack Wilson Ballroom.