Franklin Half Dollar Specialist Rick Tomaska Debuts Coin Show Tonight

CoinWeek staff reports….

A new coin show on Dish Network’s Rare Collectibles TV Channel, featuring California-based coin dealer Rick Tomaska, will debut tonight. Tomaska is a well-known specialist in the Franklin half dollar series and the author of two notable books: A Complete Guide to Franklin Half Dollars (1997) and Whitman’s Red Book Guide to Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars (2012)

tomaska2The show, entitled “Rick’s U.S. Coin Show”, airs Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm PST and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm PST.

Tomaska will be joined on-air by co-host Jack McNamara. McNamara is head buyer for Rare Collectibles TV and was formerly a buyer for Stack’s. Tomaska’s daughters Kim and Caitlin will work as the show’s presenters.

On the RandICoins website, Tomaska explains the venture: “Having been in business for over 30 years, I know how difficult it is to get the right people in a partnership that share the same vision and willing to work together as a team, with the single purpose of putting the best coin show on television for you, the numismatic enthusiast. That is our goal.”

Tomaska says that the program will be informative and entertaining, and feature videos and documentaries to explain the importance and significance of the coins being offered.

“We want to do everything and anything we can think of to make the collecting experience as enjoyable and enriching as possible,” Tomaska writes. “This is a two-way conversation; please give us a call or email me if there is something you would like to see on this show!”

“Rick’s U.S. Coin Show” airs on the Rare Collectibles TV network beginning Thursday, July 17, on DISH Network (channels 85 and 224).

 

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  1. Dean Reiss says:

    I am a customer of R&I and I happened to see Rick’s show on Dish at a friends house and was wondering if the show is going to air on Cox Cable in Tulsa Oklahoma

  2. jeremiah barnett says:

    I found a 1974 Kennedy half I think its a double die I can’t find one documented anywhere because this one is doubled on the back side the dollar and the state is doubled can you give me some insight to this coin.

    thank you

    jeremiah barnett

  3. robert smeton says:

    I have time-warner network……is the show tonite
    on time warner…….what channel?????

  4. grady roberts says:

    Rick, I have watched you on tv for some time. What would your price be on a set of walking liberty half-dollars in fine condition and a set of franklin half dollars in very fine condition. Thanks, Grady Roberts Jr.

  5. JP in MN & 17 others around the USA says:

    Dear Rick:
    17 friends of mine from all over the USA & myself love your show & have been watching since July 17 2014 (glad you left Barry). We love it & most of your prices. We do like the fact that you provide info for young, new, and UN-knowledgeable coin collectors (numismatist). We feel you spend way toooo much time doing so as it bores all of us because you are now repeating & repeating & repeating the same information. The e bay info is just not relative, most people now a days especially the young are aware of the facts regarding anything sold on e bay & we will leave it at that. Then you go on & on & on & on & on & on & on before you provide your asking price of said coin(s). The majority of your prices are great deals for the most part.

    We are aware that it is the way “Barry” & his people do his show’s except they do not provide the in depth info about the coins usually, Barry goes on his rants about the Gov. printing more & more paper money, we all turn him off at that point.

    We wonder if you have witnessed Don Davis’ coin show and his procedures. We love the way Don presents his products (coins); Don does provide info about the coin(s) just like you do except Don does not spend 15 minutes plus just getting that info out to his viewers. Don spends about 5-7 minutes getting that info out then he will have a 3 minute window before he moves on to his next coinage. Don is getting a larger variety of coinage on TV & out to his customers. All 18 of us hope you will give it some consideration about changing your ways and do it somewhat like Don does.

    We do not watch all of Barry’s presentations tooooo long on ranting & raving & boring jibber jabber. We do not watch all of your presentations either as your info is getting to be the same info time after time on the same coins i. e. Kennedy’s, Franklyn’s, etc. We do watch all of Don’s shows he moves along at a fairly good pace & has a fair variety of coinage.

    PLEASE DO NOT take this the wrong way our intentions are not to be mean our suggestion is only to assist you in making your presentations & program better & better. We would love to in the future be able to watch all of your program each day it is on our local network(s) Thanks : JP & 17 others from around the USA

    • fmtransmitter says:

      That is what I use my DVR for. The best $7 a month I ever spend! I record the airings and get to the point and pause and watch when he gives some historical perspective but I agree with what you are saying. The Barry way is ingrained and I am sure we can all tell that Rick isn’t a TV kinda host and need some time to get used to it but I think he is doing a great job thus far with what he has to work with. As sales increase, and word spreads, I am sure that show could be a diamond (proof) in the rough..Keep up the great work Rick.

    • fmtransmitter says:

      I will say one thing in favor of Barry though. I have been watching TV since I was baby and let’s say I am close to 50. I have NEVER EVER IN MY LIFE seen a grown man eat dog food. Not even in real life, let alone a TV coin show. That took some kahunas and I will always remember it and give his props for it!!

  6. Patrick Flower says:

    Mr. Tomaska:
    Thank you SO MUCH for having your own coin show. And for getting away from Barry.
    Your shows are very helpful; informative.
    I appreciate you sharing your knowledge.
    Much Appreciated,
    Big Fan,
    Patrick Flower
    Ionia, Michigan

  7. acfxr says:

    Mr. Tomaska,
    First, thank you for imparting your knowledge and your experience in the industry with the viewing audience. (I watch Faithfully)The other night after watching a presentation on proof franklins, I decided to make an order. I called the number and waited for quite some time, then a voice message prompted me to leave my info and what I was calling for, to which I complied.. no call back. I called again the next day (today) and endured the same scenario. This time however, I did get a call back,about two hours later, while in a meeting, and could not take the call. I stepped out of the meeting and called back immediately. Same thing…. wait… voice mail… leave message. I called no less than six times today to purchase what I consider a sizeable order, and was only contacted once. This being friday, and clearly understanding the hours of operation that the automated voice prompt gave me, I am sure that I will not hear anything back on Monday, and if I do, the “limited quantities ” that were available will probably be gone. I would suggest that if a representative does call a prospective customer back that they leave their direct extension. I also referenced the order “stock”? number from the show,and stated that I wanted to purchase the item. The callers message stated that he was returning a call about “tracking an order???” If you are using a third party call center I would suggest training for them.FYI I had to really talk myself into writing this, as I am not a complainer, I feel that since you are so willing to help with my education on coins that I would like to help your success. Also to add to the rant, I agree wholeheartedly with JP in MN and 17 others.It is hard enough to get my wife to let me watch your show, without the same information being presented each time, not that it is not pertinent, just let the 70 new viewers on each show know to go to your website to learn more, and populate the website with the items you cover, (how proofs are made, what bag marks are, etc. or have a place on the site to buy your book(s)!!!)I went there to try to purchase the item of interest before calling back six times… slim offerings on the site. It would be a lot less expensive to put the items from the show on the site than man a phone call center… just sayin…please don’t take any of this the wrong way, I wish you success and never watch Barry/ Sean since you left!Hopefully I can get a call back (or in) on Monday and there will still be availability on the item.

  8. Donald Brooks says:

    I*m interested in Franklin Half dollars, Kennedy halfs, and Eisenhower dollars. If I could get a catalog on them showing how they are and they*re worth. I would greatly appreciate it.

  9. Disgruntled says:

    TERRIBLE SERVICE DEPARTMENT!!!
    It is difficult to talk to a real person. When you call the service department you’ll always get a tape that says they are busy with a customer, no matter what time you call. You’ll be asked to leave your name and number and will be told a representative will get in touch with you “within one business day.” So far they have failed to call back at all about half the time. When I finally got through to a real person and was given a tracking number for the U.S.P.S. I checked to find the status of the shipment I learned that a label had been created. So when I called the postal service to find out more information I learned that Rick’s Coins had not delivered the package yet —— and they still haven’t and it is six days since the label was created. That is not just terrible service, that is NO SERVICE.

    Also, have you noticed how Rick is always claiming he has the best deals around? Well, a short time ago Rick had a deal for four Peace Dollar coins. Shortly after that a “station one number greater” than the station Rick broadcasts from had the exact same coins in the exact same condition for $600 LESS.

    I was pleased when Rick moved to another station and got his own show. Now I am starting to doubt his integrity and am wondering if I should ever deal with his company again. So far it has been one big pain in the neck. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!

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