Collecting Never Goes Out Of Style
Welcome to the latest edition of my Market Report. Things are busy here as usual—even busier, what with the combination of the former Stack’s and Bowers and Merena Galleries to form Stack’s Bowers Galleries. It is nice to “have my name back,” as a number of people have mentioned! Here in the New Hampshire office—a center for writing, research, and auction consignment gathering (through John Pack and Christine Karstedt)—we have been focusing on our forthcoming March sale for the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, always a great event, plus gathering consignments for our following sales, through and including the World’s Fair of Money in Chicago this summer—the ANA Convention of the year.
The coin market continues to be very active, for which we can all be thankful. Collecting has not gone out of style. Indeed, if anything, the pervasive reach of the Internet has made the hobby/industry truly universal. Scarcely a day goes by without our receiving an order, consignment, or inquiry from Indonesia, Iceland, Argentina, Hong Kong, or somewhere else. Ten years ago this happened as well, but communication was much slower. Now it is instant.
If your plans include coming to Baltimore to attend the Whitman Expo, be sure to participate in our auction, of course—now conveniently scheduled so that the sessions are in the evening, not overlapping with the dynamic bourse. I invite you to track me down personally, at the auction or in the bourse. In the meantime, enjoy the week and enjoy numismatics. All good wishes.