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By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……

No Sugar Coating In the present day’s Coin Market

Anybody who tells you the coin market is on hearth is both mendacity or wears rose-colored glasses. There’s clearly a two-tier market proper now. We see it on the bourse flooring and we see it in each public sale (not simply ours). Individuals who personal “stuff” and “dreck” are discovering out their cash at the moment are value cents on the greenback. This drop could be very troubling to us as there’s a nonetheless a bunch of cash out right here on the earth. But once more take a look at the outcomes of a serious current artwork sale. Are cash actually that totally different? You simply can’t cling a coin on the wall.

We do NOT see any fast restoration. We figured yeah, in October there can be a rebound, however this yr it stored sinking, no rebound. It’s our opinion that it might take so long as six months to bounce again. Once more, that is for almost all of the market, NOT the highest 1-5%.

As soon as the turmoil stops outdoors cash and issues like oil, shares, and actual property rebound, collectors will really feel good once more and are available again to cash. The glut of dreck and junk that lingers is simply driving costs down. The inaccuracy and lack of expertise values harm badly too. Nevertheless, discover a GEM Early Gold piece and put it in an public sale (just like the 1795 $5 PCGS MA62 CAC we simply bought for a document $176,250) and there will probably be a hard-fought battle to purchase it. We will inform you this with out exaggerating: our largest clients thrive in markets like this. They’re even stronger consumers. Even when they pay what looks like loopy cash right now, they know it isn’t. Bob Simpson did that again in 2006-2016 shopping for a number of the biggest uncommon and GEM gold ever at tremendous robust costs. Now he’s sitting again and saying no to us with each supply we convey him. In markets like this (as Mr. Simpson taught us), you don’t purchase for right now, you purchase for tomorrow.

Legend Numismatics LOVES Proof Barbers and has all the time recommended them to our clients. We’re sitting right here so indignant the costs have dropped to UNREALISTIC ranges and never that many individuals appear to care. Have you learnt you possibly can construct an entire PR 66 10C set for LESS than $40,000, even including some loopy colour or a couple of cameos? You have got finite mintages principally UNDER 1,000. The common coin can be priced round an reasonably priced $1,500-$1,600. We LOVED them once they have been $2,000 every. Right now, these cash simply sit and drift decrease. All we will do is scratch our heads and marvel (we’re very proud to say this week we positioned a monster 10C 1897 PCGS PR68 DC CAC).

There are such a lot of different collection too. Final week we purchased a PCGS PR67 CAC Liberty Nickel for $900. We misplaced sleep over the very fact approach again in 1978 we purchased a uncooked PR 65 (in all probability a 66 or 67 at the moment) for $450! We’re going to purchase up each PR67 CAC we will at these ranges. Higher gold is one thing it is best to absolutely load up on. The herd mentality by no means stops superb us. They solely need the bulls to run to really feel protected. NOW is for positive once you bounce in.

We absolutely proclaim this a world-class BUYERS market. The solely drawback: provide. There’s so little true high quality and uncommon cash to purchase in the present day. It annoys us to no finish that some individuals make a down cycle appear so evil with regards to their cash. But when their Common Electrical inventory drops 35% and is in a nostril dive, that’s okay. Many individuals will purchase extra as others sit and cry. It actually does NOT take a lot for the coin market to even up then thrive once more.

Final, we spoke to certainly one of our greatest clients simply to see his degree of consolation understanding this loopy up and down coin market. This collector tries to purchase solely the easiest and can actually pay to take action. He pointed to a coin in entrance of him and touched the CAC bean. He stated, “As long as I have this, I am comfortable”. Highly effective assertion. We ask you to actually take into consideration the which means of what he stated. Greater cash isn’t silly cash (often).

Time for Change at PCGS

Former PCGS President Don WillisFormer PCGS President Don Willis

Issues at the moment are altering. The issues that obtained the market tied up are partially from the surface world: the inventory market, oil, and so forth. The actual “dirty” secret: gradeflation lastly took its toll. For years Legend has been making an attempt to do one thing about it. No would pay attention as a result of everybody needed a fast buck. We all know simply how poisonous the tradition has grow to be, even with collectors who to get all their cash regraded when they’re achieved. Now with the resignation of our good friend Don Willis, that rubber band has lastly damaged at PCGS. For the previous few years, we screamed change was wanted of their mannequin. Now change IS coming (not the best way we had hoped). Everybody all over the place is speaking about gradeflation and the consequences it has had available on the market lately (gradeflation has type of been like an in a single day occurring that took 20+ years). It’s no secret that PCGS wants submissions to remain in enterprise. They want somebody who can now tame them.

If PCGS picks the proper individual to be the subsequent PCGS president, then perhaps they’ll lastly be on the collector’s aspect and deal with these points. The CEO of PCGS, Joe Orlando (whom we now have had many chats with), needs nothing much less. However we’re NOT joyful about a few of the rumors we’re listening to. Nevertheless, till the time comes, we help PCGS and need them to succeed. It’s no shock that a new CEO needs his personal individuals to employees and run PCGS. It’s that means in ANY enterprise.

All of us knew there would come a time when David Corridor and Don Willis would retire. Nobody anticipated it this manner. Legend Numismatics needs each of them an gratifying retirement. We have now spoken to Don, he’s simply chillin’. He informed us he has not had an actual trip in years. Few individuals know that Don’s largest contribution to PCGS was creating its IT platforms; IT was his background. Legend Numismatics can by no means pay him again sufficient for all he has carried out for us–together with listening and permitting us to do our foolish concept of holding an public sale at PCGS’s exhibits! Don has supported us since day one of many public sale firm being in enterprise. We have now recognized Don for nicely over 20 years again when he was a collector.

Thus far, all of us are dreaming the brand new workforce will deal with gradeflation and might be extra shopper oriented. YES, this venture CAN be carried out efficiently. It’ll take a number of years and loads of exhausting work and help. Hopefully, in 5 years when cash have risen dramatically, everybody will breathe an enormous sigh of aid.


We by no means let our clients down with our NEWPS. This week is just about gold-oriented, however we have now some nice silver cash as nicely.

The spotlight of our choices is the extraordinarily uncommon $20 1854 LG DT PCGS MS64 CAC, tied for FINEST KNOWN. PCGS confirmed this coin no mercy. It is going to be posted subsequent providing. Different highlights embrace:

  • $1 1897 PCGS PR66 CAMEO CAC
  • $5 1802/1 PCGS MS64 CAC
  • $10 1797 LE PCGS AU58+ CAC
  • $10 1799 SM ST PCGS MS61 CAC

Neat stuff huh? Make sure to take a look at our common stock as we have now many cash that deserve nice houses like yours! We’ll all the time do our greatest to assist purchase the coin of your goals. Contact George Huang at

We will probably be including many extra Grayson cash quickly. Keep tuned.

Legend Auctions


Our Regency Public sale #29 is now closed. Contemplating the very uneven waters we have been dealing with, the sale did extraordinarily nicely. LRCA sincerely needs to thank each one who participated on this sale.

There isn’t a query the market is two-tier. The nice cash did rather well, whereas the “stuff” did marginally to weak. Even nearly as good as we’re, we will solely wave a magic wand and acquire loopy costs when the product is all there. Face actuality, NON-CAC cash which are simply okay, regardless of how uncommon, usually are not going to promote strongly anymore. It’s not even market timing. It’s a shift in consumers’ information and tastes.

Take a look at how a number of of the good cash in our sale did:

  • H.01 1793 PCGS AU53 CAC $41,125.00
  • 1C 1814 PCGS MS 66 RB $88,125.00
  • 5C 1912D PCGS MS67 $41,125.00
  • 5C 1900 PCGS PR68 CAC $21,150.00
  • 10C 1959D PCGS MS68 FT $5,288.00
  • $1 1889CC PCGS MS63 DMPL CAC $73,438.00
  • $1 1924S PCGS MS65 CAC $17,038.00
  • $10 1857S PCGS MS64 CAC CENTRAL AMERICA $76,375.00
  • $2.5 1909 PCGS PR65 CAC $88,125.00
  • $three 1888 PCGS PR66+ CAC $67,563.00
  • $5 1795 PCGS MS62 CAC $176,250.00
  • $5 1811 PCGS MS64 CAC $52,875.00
  • $20 1906 PCGS MS66 $64,625.00

We’re additionally proud to say of all of the cash listed above, solely ONE was purchased by a supplier. Actually, on this sale 92% was bought by collectors. We would like nothing extra then to have cash go to nice houses and never the crackout or coin docs.

LRCA is all the time out to enhance. We do apologize to our buyer base we made a couple of boo-boos on this previous sale. We do attempt NEVER to have duplicate cash (until it’s from a single main assortment). We screwed up by taking too many Columbian Halves. We additionally kinda tousled having a CAC coin and a non-CAC coin of a date (similar grade). Sure, the CAC cash bought; the opposite didn’t. These errors will NOT occur once more. Additional, we’re tightening up on our high quality. Someway this previous sale we had a couple of too many marginal cash from sellers. We’re saying NO to many consignments proper now for January. We will and WILL enhance!

Legend Fall December Periods Sale

This won’t be simply any atypical month-to-month sale. We may have cash that vary in worth from $1,500 all the best way as much as $50,000. We now have some extraordinarily spectacular consignments in already. There’s one actually recent six-figure deal that features some cheaper gold–all off the marketplace for a few years and ought to be rigorously checked out as they could + or higher (NO guarantees)! We’ll make full bulletins shortly about this sale, which can shut December 16 beginning at 9 PM Japanese. We WILL have all tons for viewing in our workplaces and on the Las Vegas PCGS Invitational Show.

Last Name

That is the ultimate name for consignments to our first ever standalone sale in Beverly Hills, California – PRE-Lengthy Seashore on the finish of January. We have already got three anchor collections! Everybody will take note of this sale. ALL cash MUST be in our workplaces by November 30–NO exceptions. It isn’t BS to inform you area is extraordinarily restricted.

If in case you have cash you want to consign, please contact Julie Abrams at, or Jessica Berkman at They’ll pay cautious consideration to your actual wants and craft promoting choices greatest match for you and your cash. We guarantee you, we’re NOT like some other public sale home.


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Legend Uncommon Coin Auctions (LRCA), based mostly in Lincroft, NJ, is a boutique-style uncommon coin public sale agency.

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