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Legend Market Report – Summer FUN Show

Legend Market Report – Summer FUN Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… AN EXCELLENT STATE SHOW We attended the Summer FUN Show specifically to meet with a customer. We did not take a table. Our observations were a little surprising. Dealer-wise, it really was a state show, with only a handful of dealers from out of state. Attendance-wise, we were […]

Legend Market Report – First Half of 2017 and Happy July 4th!

Legend Market Report – First Half of 2017 and Happy July 4th!

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   The first half of 2017 is over and was Legend Numismatics best since 2012. We can now sit back and enjoy the July 4th holiday (we will be open 9-12 Monday). We hope everyone can do the same. Legend Numismatics Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy July […]

Legend Numismatics: Hot Topics – Smart People Can Do Dumb Things

Legend Numismatics: Hot Topics – Smart People Can Do Dumb Things

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   Journal entries from the founder of Legend Numismatics, Laura Sperber, help you stay current with the real happenings of numismatics. A former ANA Board Member, Laura has handled close to $1 billion worth of rare coins to date and has assembled many of the greatest collections ever. […]

Legend Market Report – Mid-June Market Report

Legend Market Report – Mid-June Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   ANOTHER GREAT SALES WEEK We think we know why we are selling so much – we’ve had the goods the past 30/60 days. As we mentioned a little bit ago, once we’re pretty much sold out, our superhero status will be gone. We’ll be crying as loud […]

Legend Market Report – Long Beach Coin Show Report

Legend Market Report – Long Beach Coin Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   HOW TO MAKE A GOOD MARKET LOOK BAD Have a miserable Long Beach Show and Auction and then repeat and do the same thing in Baltimore in two weeks. Why don’t show promoters get it? Summer shows simply do not work. Even the mighty FUN Summer Show […]

Legend Market Report – Pre-Long Beach Show Report

Legend Market Report – Pre-Long Beach Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A TIDAL WAVE HIT US WOW! Totally unexpected and out of the clear blue sky, between last Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening some way some how we did nearly $1 million dollars in sales! It all happened just that fast. We consider it a fluke, but MANY […]

Legend Market Report – Demand Strong While Supply “Meh”

Legend Market Report – Demand Strong While Supply “Meh”

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   THIS PAST WEEK’S ACTION Finally, Spring is in the air and so is coin collecting. We are greatly surprised how there was only a small dip in demand around tax time. Seems activity is back to normal. In fact, our sales this week were extremely strong and […]

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A NOTE FROM LAURA SPERBER Do know this is one of the toughest reports for me to write. George Huang, the co-founder of Legend and my business partner for 31 years had a very serious heart attack last Friday. George always did everything within his power to […]

Legend Market Report – Pre Baltimore Show

Legend Market Report – Pre Baltimore Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   Visit Legend and Legend Auctions at Table 643 in Baltimore NICE WEEK We didn’t figure to do much business this past week. Adding it all up, we certainly did far more then expected. And we had our usual Friday afternoon sale (the $1 1864 PCGS PR65 CAC). […]

Legend Market Report – Final February Report

Legend Market Report – Final February Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   WHAT AN EXPLOSIVE WEEK BOOM goes the dynamite! What a week we had. It was like going from 0 to 80 in four seconds. Legend Numismatics was on a tear this past week. We sold THREE six-figure coins, several coins in the mid-five-figures, and lots of coins […]

Legend Market Report – Long Beach Report

Legend Market Report – Long Beach Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   THIS REPORT CONTAINS OBSERVATIONS AND FACTS FROM LEGEND NUMISMATICS AND LEGEND AUCTIONS BUSINESS AND OBSERVATIONS AT THE SHOW. OTHERS (ESPECIALLY NOT IN OUR AREAS) WILL HAVE DIFFERENT REPORTS A STRONG START We arrived Friday before the show to start our activities. Lot viewing at both auctions as […]

Legend Market Report – Pre Super Bowl Week

Legend Market Report – Pre Super Bowl Week

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   EVERYONE WATCHES FOOTBALL Okay, maybe for a few hours on Sunday the coin community went really quiet. It was the first time in a few weeks (actually since the election) that collectors were preoccupied. However, we are confident that by the time the many Internet Auctions started […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics & Market Report – Coin Values & Great Coins Bring Great Prices

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics & Market Report – Coin Values & Great Coins Bring Great Prices

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   Great Coins Bring Great Prices IT MIGHT BE WINTER BUT THE HEAT IS ON! Last week was a highly unexpected STRONG week. We had decent sales off our web site, really strong sales off our Want Lists, and a few big “lucky” sales. The “switch” as we […]

Legend Market Report – The PCGS Invitational

Legend Market Report – The PCGS Invitational

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   THE UNEXPECTED Yet again, another PCGS Invitational has turned out to be a better show for us then one or two of the majors! If you have not ever attended one, you simply MUST. You can deal with some of the BEST graders in the biz you […]

Legend Market Report – Pre Las Vegas Show

Legend Market Report – Pre Las Vegas Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER We were surprised at how active this past week was. It wasn’t a mad house or anything, just even keel business. Very proud to say the biggest coin we sold was a $3 1886 PCGS MS65 CAC. That coin was the last coin […]

Legend Market Report – Post Thanksgiving Coin Market

Legend Market Report – Post Thanksgiving Coin Market

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   GIVING THANKS For sure, this year was slightly better than this time last year. The plunge had been quick and deep in the coin market during 2014-15. Clearly the Gardner and Pogue Sales sped up the downward run. We felt that since May of this year the […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Lehigh Valley Historical Society

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Lehigh Valley Historical Society

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   Journal entries from the founder of Legend Numismatics, Laura Sperber, help you stay current with the real happenings of numismatics. A former ANA Board Member, Laura has handled close to $1 billion worth of rare coins to date and has assembled many of the greatest collections ever. […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Buyer Beware

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Buyer Beware

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   AUCTION BUYING I want to make it clear – this is not a self serving Hot Topics. I am writing this based upon several negatives I see happening. As many of you know, I tirelessly fight coin doctors and dealers who shill for them. For awhile, things […]

Legend Market Report – The Long Beach Show

Legend Market Report – The Long Beach Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   ANA NOT DIGESTED We all figured having a Long Beach Show only three weeks after the ANA Show in the same area would not have great results. As expected overall the show was slow. There also was a huge fresh gold deal in the Heritage Auction that […]

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Legend Numismatics: Pre Long Beach Expo Market Report

Legend Numismatics: Pre Long Beach Expo Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   ON/OFF Last week in the office was very quiet. It’s like the light switch was flipped off. Only a handful of orders and inquiries came in. We think it was simply the end of summer doldrums. Typical for this time of year. Usually mid-September activity picks up […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – True Quality, a Good Dealer & Freshness DO Make a Difference

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – True Quality, a Good Dealer & Freshness DO Make a Difference

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   If you think this Hot Topics sounds like a broken record… yes, it does. I can never say these things enough! HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A COIN TO BE FRESH? This is where many collectors make big mistakes. A coin purchased in 2013 is NOT […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION We’ll be blunt: Anaheim for sure was a VERY poor choice to hold a major coin show. California’s nexus on taxes kept dozens of dealers away. Also, many East Coast dealers decided NOT to attend. The hotels at BEST were POOR. Add all that together and we […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – 4TH OF JULY

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – 4TH OF JULY

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   We’re sitting here in Las Vegas at the end of the PCGS Invitational Show writing this rare coin market report. Its 100 degrees out side but a comfy 70 at the show! If you have not attended at one of these events, you really will find them worth while. […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – A Bad Culture

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – A Bad Culture

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   REALLY? For years now coin doctoring and gradeflation have been two of if not the biggest problems with the hobby. Coin doctoring actually has lessened to a small degree, while gradeflation has not. It’s one thing that standards have changed, but it’s another when EVERYONE keeps pushing […]

Legend Numismatics – Long Beach and Goldberg Coin Market Report

Legend Numismatics – Long Beach and Goldberg Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Market Report ……..   Our show started VERY strong. Our first shot regular (we call him “super secret buyer”) made piles and bought some great coins. He later came back for more! From start to finish, it was non stop selling. Wednesday was a shocker. We sold six gold […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Pre-New Orleans PCGS Invitational

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Pre-New Orleans PCGS Invitational

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ….   WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT We thought May would be a decent month. So far, it’s turning out to be a record-breaking month! Again, late January thought early March was a “perfect storm” of negativity from the coin market (as well as oil, stocks, etc). Prices certainly fell sharply during […]

The Coin Market Report – The Dallas ANA Mid Winter Coin Show

The Coin Market Report – The Dallas ANA Mid Winter Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …..   SORT OF TYPICAL FOR A MID WINTER SHOW While the ANA works hard to put on a good show, these ANA Mid Winters are poorly attended and really should not exist. We do them because we are creatures of habit and are typical coin dealers afraid to […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Las Vegas PCGS Invitational Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Las Vegas PCGS Invitational Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ….   THE SHOW We never can say enough great things about the PCGS Invitationals in Las Vegas. They are by far the most intimate, secure, and well-pampered (the food spreads are delicious) shows to attend. Even in this choppy market, the majority of the real “players” attended. It was extremely […]

Legend Numismatics Post FUN Coin Market Report – The Stock Market Effect

Legend Numismatics Post FUN Coin Market Report – The Stock Market Effect

We’d be lying if we said we had a great week. Its annoying to have a really good FUN Show only to come home to a week that acts like an on-and-off dripping faucet. We did sell a few special low five figure coins. But a few coins languished we never though would (like the […]

Legend Coin Market Report – THE 2016 FUN SHOW

Legend Coin Market Report – THE 2016 FUN SHOW

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …..   FUN WAS MYSTERIOUS First we must commend the FUN people for running a great show. Having it in Tampa certainly did seem to draw a bit larger crowd. Mysterious is the best positive label we can attach to the show. The coin market is clearly as “choppy” […]

 
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