As a kid collecting coins in the early ‘60s, I read my Red Book cover to cover, year after year...Read more
One night at a somewhat fancy and very satisfying Mexican restaurant in Rosemont, Illinois (honest, it was in Rosemont, go figure), I reminded John (Burns) he could have anything on the menu...Read more
I owe my entire professional career – 1987-present -- to Ray Merena, who hired me based on a few interviews and several written tests, and helped move my family of three to New Hampshire, where a year later we became a family of four!Read more
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Today, yesterday's tomorrow, is sunny but chilly here in New Hampshire's beautiful Lakes Region. I left home yesterday morning at 5:45 AM for a coin show in Massachusetts. By 6 AM the sun was rising and it presented quite a spectacle. It didn't merely serve to lighten the gray November day, but it stepped on stage in grand style. Soft puffs of rose and pale blue -- what was that TV artist's name -- dusted the scuttling charcoal gray cloud cover, followed a mile or so later down NH Route 28 South by a sky-wide horizon of bold sunset orange gone astray at the wrong end of the day. The orange glow deepened, suddenly revealing the burning rim of Sol's majesty dwarfing the horizon for a few moments before settling into a pale blue sky and assuming its usual identity. Oh, it all sounds corny in writing, but it was just one of those sunrises that, well, you know the sort. It was a wonder I could drive at all
The show was well-attended by John Q. Public and sales were brisk, especially with exonumia -- I might have the wrong market focus. Anyway, it's not easy to replace quality coins and exonumia in this marketplace, but I came away from the Massachusetts show with a Mint State-65 1936-D Buffalo nickel -- I know it's a relatively common date but the toning is spectacular! I bought a few other nicely toned coins including a MS-65 Walking Liberty half dollar, two Morgan dollars, MS-64 and MS-63, and a few Franklin half dollars. I hope to get in some road trips in the next few weeks visiting coin shops in NH and neighbors Vermont and Maine. Who knows what I'll find!