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More Musings from the Sunshine State

The word has spread in the neighborhood that I am a collector of coins. I have let people know that I “am not a dealer or buyer of coins” but that I will give them an idea of their value. As such, at least every couple of weeks I have someone bring in a stash of coins for me to look at. Some have high expectations, other have low expectations.
Needless to say I see lots of Kennedy halves and Ikes all which are not silver. I am more likely to see silver quarters more than anything else. And of course there is the usual number of well-worn coins that were purchased from mail order houses 40 or 50 years ago. I usually tell folks what to “return to circulation” and what to take to local dealers.
On occasion I do run across some interesting pieces which have value. What is strange in these cases is that people – who have no interest in the coins decide to hold on to them. It is not a case of sentimentality, “Dad, used to go through his coins every Saturday night and had such fun!” but perhaps being stuck in gear. These folks thank me and I tell them if they decide to sell I can recommend several dealers. They nod and I never hear about the coin again.
Recently I came across a grouping of Capped Bust halves. All common dates and nothing better than G-4. I informed the owner (whose husband was the collector and had passed away) that while the value wasn’t spectacular the group was worth a tidy little sum. The answer I got was, “I’ll keep them for a few more years.” I told the owner that that was okay but that when and if she wished we could ship the whole collection off to Small Cents II where I thought she would get a fair price.
More to this—you bet! She told me that she would get a good deal from a local
“Pawnshop”, as the fellow was a friend of a friend! I just shut up but I was flabbergasted that she was more attuned to going to a local pawnshop than a professional coin dealer. Of course pushing the point would have only stiffened her resolve. Perhaps the pawn shop owner is okay but I would never do business that way.
Moral to this story is that if you have a collection make sure that your spouse or heirs has an idea how you want it disposed of.

R. S. “Bart” Bartanowicz
NCC National Correspondent

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:22  
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