Goodbye, Hello….

So I meant to check in around Christmas-time, but with the travel centered around the kiddies, it was tough to find the time to sit and write. It’s been a challenging start to 2018 personally as I seem to have caught every sick bug going around this year. Thankfully I was able to get down to Tampa for the FUN convention in between a stomach virus and catching the flu.

FUN was a great show for us on the book side of things. Dick and I were so very proud to release our new book “Liberty Seated Dollars: A Register of Die Varieties” at the FUN show in Tampa. The response was tremendous and blew both of us away. Thank you for your support! The coin side of the show was very slow, but perhaps that was partially an effect of Dick and I being focused on the book release. We had upwards of 300 books to sign at the show as our travel plans would keep us apart for a little longer than we expected.

The Money Show of the Southwest, which was held in Conroe this past weekend, was a huge success as Dick reports. I was scheduled to attend but caught a nasty flu bug right after FUN and was out of commission for nearly 2 weeks. I’m still feeling the effects of this nasty virus, but able to function to some extent. I made the call to cancel my trip the night before I was to head to Texas. Dick and our buddy John Frost attended the show and were both stunned by how busy it was. Dick reports his best Money Show ever, as he brought Seated Halves and Seated Dollars from his personal inventory to the show and did very well. He also sold nearly 2 dozen books in Conroe, leaving him with precious few books for sale. I have a couple dozen books I’m picking up this week and will have those books for sale on our website and at the upcoming Whitman Expo in Baltimore (if we still have books by then). If you’re interested in the book, I strongly suggest you contact me soon. We expect to be completely sold out of the first printing in the next few months, if not sooner.

I will be visiting Kemah next week. I fly in Thursday and come back home Saturday night. Dick and I plan to sign the remaining books and update the website, among other tasks…. of course we’ll be at the Hoagie Ranch Friday night for the steak special! It’s a quick trip for me, with the Super Bowl scheduled for that Sunday and my Patriots back for their 8th trip since 2002. Here’s hoping for a great, competitive game with the only kneeling coming at the end of regulation.

My next show is the Long Beach Coin Expo February 22-24. I’ll be at my usual shared table with Arrowhead Coin and Jewelry. I’ll also be hosting the Liberty Seated Collectors’ Club/Barber Coin Collectors’ Society dual social at the Rock Bottom Brewery on Thursday night at 630pm. If you plan to attend the show, consider joining us at the social. Share a drink, some good food and plenty of numismatic camaraderie with fellow collectors.

So, goodbye to 2017 and welcome to 2018! I hope this post finds you all healthy, happy and finding wonderful treasures in all you do!

Happy Hunting.
Brian

Brian P Cushing
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above: 1861-O Seated Half Dollar, W-13, VLDS (WB-103/WB-104) Bisected Date/Speared Bud. A CSA product. The pictured coin is uncirculated with heavy hairlines. NEWP for sale at $1750. See New Purchases on the home page of the website for more information.

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Many thanks!

I was told recently by a wonderful friend of mine that it had been awhile since I posted a blog update. So, here I go…. what to say… it’s been an up and down year. The coin market continues to frustrate and surprise. Other than ultra rarities, we continue to survive in a buyers market. Plenty of low and mid grade examples of common to semi-key date Seated and Bust material are readily available on the bourse. The rare varieties and key-dates have all but dried up, either hidden in long time collections or held onto by dealers hoping for a stronger market to move their crown jewels. I’ve been fortunate to pick up a couple of wonderful consignments in the past month or two and those coins will bridge the gap to what I hope to be a great 2018.

The recently completely Whitman Expo in downtown Baltimore was a really nice surprise as it now stands to be my last show of the year (seems early!). We had two very busy days at the show, reminding me that you’re never to young to invest in depends. I left at show end on Friday night to travel to New Hampshire for my son Andrew’s 13th birthday. It’s amazing to have a teenager. He’s a great kid. He and I have a lot of similar interests, most of which are sports related… unfortunately, Andy hasn’t discovered his Dad’s love of coins! I’m still holding out hope for the cheap/free labor a summer internship could bring me down the road. Kidding aside, it was tough to leave a promising show, but I’d never miss my kids birthday. My daughter Ella was born in mid-May, which is why you’ll never see me at the Garden State coin show (a show I would love to attend otherwise). My youngest, Jack, is mid-July; which usually misses the summer FUN. It wouldn’t matter though… Family first, always.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I ended a long standing personal tradition this year. No, I didn’t cut back on my turkey consumption, nor did I avoid the many scrumptious pie options. My yearly habitual of watching NFL football in between eating and naps came to a close. I guess you could say I took a knee this year.

For those of you who don’t know, we do have an eBay store and, from time to time, run auctions on eBay. I posted a few auctions tonight which are set to close on Sunday night. A couple of neat Seated Half Dollar varieties and a couple odd-ball coins (copper). If you’re feeling lucky, go bid on a few pieces here…. http://stores.ebay.com/osburncushingnumismatics

Finally, the book is going to the printer early next month. It’s been a hell of a ride to get to this point. We’d be ten years away from a book if not for Dicks’ hard work and determination to get it done. Between the business, the travel and the kiddies, I haven’t exactly been laser-focused on the book. I’ve made contributions of which I am extremely proud, but I want to thank and recognize the tremendous dedication to the task that Dick has endured to make this moment a reality for the both of us. I also want to thank Ruth for all of her love and support to both of us over the course of this endeavor. I hope you all appreciate and enjoy this book, our gift to a numismatic community that has been so very good to us both.

I’ll be sure to check in around Christmas-time. Maybe writing this blog will prove to be therapeutic ūüôā

Cheers-

Brian

 

 

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TGIFALB….

Thank God It’s Friday At Long Beach (TGIFALB). My newly formed acronym for what should be a great day here at Long Beach! I must admit, I’ve become somewhat pessimistic with coin shows. One of my New Years resolutions was to rediscover that positive outlook that I once held for these events. I’m pleased to report that what happened yesterday at Long Beach provided true promise for the market and hope for future shows. I found little time to escape the table to search for want list coins, which means I was selling and buying coins virtually all day. Liberty Seated Dollars remain hot here at the DORC table, followed by Bust and Seated Half Dollars.

I picked up a couple of wonderful newps, an 1860-S Liberty Seated Dime in NGC MS61, an 1856-S Liberty Seated Dime in NGC AU55, a stunningly eye appealing 1807 Draped Bust Half Dollar in PCGS VG08 and an attractive and blasty 1908 Barber Dime in PCGS MS62. These coins and other newps from the show will be posted by Monday.

The pace here has been incredibly consistent and, for me, perfect. I even showed up to my Liberty Seated Collectors Club social a few minutes late, which is the first time that has happened in a few years. I typically leave the show around 530 to head up to the Rock Bottom Brewery to host the social, but found myself wrapping up last minute business last night as the bourse was closing. Our club social was fantastic! We had wonderful numismatic conversation throughout the evening, we laughed, we cried, we always have a great group and really enjoy one another. I host the LSCC social every Thursday night in Long Beach (February, June and September) so if you’re at the show in June, please join us! The public has been unleashed this morning, here’s hoping for a day equally as promising as yesterday. I’ll update tonight if I can find a canoe to return to my hotel safely.

Cheers!

Brian

Liberty Seated Collectors Club social

New Purchases!

The wind is picking up.

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Greetings From Long Beach!

Hello from warm and sunny Long Beach! I landed in Los Angeles yesterday morning and got through set-up day unscathed. Long Beach opens to dealers for a dealer-only set up day on Wednesday afternoon. In addition to dealer set-up, the show hosts what is affectionately referred to as the “West Coast Beer-fest” The show treats the dealers to southwestern appetizers and beer. This, of course, is the only reason I get to Long Beach early on Wednesday! All kidding aside, as a retail dealer there isn’t much business consummated during dealer set-up. The show truly begins for me when the public opening occurs on Thursday morning at 10am.

At the end of the day, I headed out to eat at the Green Onion, a Mexican restaurant just outside Long Beach with our good friends Dennis Hengeveld of VOC Numismatics and Lynn and Cheryl Ourso of New Orleans Rare Coins. We had a wonderful dinner, excellent food and great conversation. The first day in Long Beach is, well, long. Having been up since 4 in the morning to catch my flight West and then a busy set-up day and dinner, I arrived at the hotel around 9pm (or midnight east coast time) and finally head to pillow around 1030, nearly 22 hours after my day began. Needless to say, I slept very well indeed!

In addition to the blog I’ll update again tomorrow, I’ll be tweeting from the bourse this trip. Follow us here:¬†Twitter ¬†for the latest news from the Long Beach Expo!

Cheers!

Brian

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eBay Store is now open!

I forgot to post this last week, but we now have an eBay store. In addition to the inventory on the website I have a lot of inventory around the office that seems like it might be worth a shot on eBay. Some of the inventory I’ll post here won’t quite match up with the DORC niche, others are problem coins or older inventory. Please check it out and send me feedback if you get a chance. Anything on eBay I can sell directly if you contact me through our website and mention the coin is on eBay. I can work with you a little on pricing if you buy it directly through our website.

Oh, before I forget, the store is here….

http://stores.ebay.com/osburncushingnumismatics/

I will also be toying around with eBay auctions in the coming months. I’ll mention it here or in a customer email. If you want to stay in the loop regarding all things DORC, join our email list¬†or join us on Facebook or join us on Twitter.

Okay, I’ll check back in with you guys from Long Beach on Wednesday.

Cheers!

Brian

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Long Beach Preview…

Winter Long Beach…

I hope you are all doing and feeling wonderfully! This is a quick note reminding you all that the Long Beach Coin Expo begins Wednesday in Long Beach California. I will be located at table 1029 with limited inventory. If you’d like for me to bring anything currently on the website please let me know no later than tomorrow evening. I have a very early flight out to Long Beach Wednesday morning. I will be at the show Wednesday, Thursday and until the end of the day Friday. Please note that I will not be in attendance Saturday.

I will be hosting a Liberty Seated Collectors Club (LSCC) social at the Rock Bottom Brewery on Thursday night. We meet at the restaurant after the show closes. See me at table 1029 for more information. You don’t need to be a club member to join us, all are welcome!

I will be live blogging the show right here. Visit the blog early and often for updates this week from Long Beach and beyond!

I will be live-Tweeting from the bourse. If you don’t have Twitter or if you do but don’t follow me (@DORCISMS) , please consider doing so here…

I’ll post again Wednesday from the show.

Cheers!
Brian

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Long Beach in review and random thoughts…

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In my best effort to not sound pessimistic, let me say this show met my incredibly low expectations. I’d like to offer my sincere gratitude¬†to the ANA leadership for having effectively destroyed two coin shows in the matter of a … Continue reading

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ANA NEWPS…

The ANA World’s Fair of Money was held in Anaheim California the second week in August. Dick and I were both in attendance. The show was predictably slow, as it was held in the same southern California area that hosts the Long Beach Coin Expo three times a year. As much as I love Long Beach and coming out to this area three times a year, there is no reason to have an ANA operated convention in the same area as any of the major shows held with such repetition. We saw this play out in Los Angeles in 2009 and in Philadelphia more recently (within an hour ride of the Baltimore Whitman Expo); there is only so much retail fruit a market can bare before the tree withers and dies. The Chicago shows were successful in that an ANA convention in a major middle American city with ample hotel and air options gives travelers a much easier financial option in attending. It would seem less money spent on air and hotel means more money spent on the bourse and ultimately the attendees collection. Even Dick would agree, that’s not rocket science.

NEWPS from Anaheim are posted and live under the new purchases tab on the home page of the website. More coins will be posted in the coming days. http://www.dickosburn.com/new-purchases/

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Baltimore New Purchases are on the website!

The Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore closed on Sunday last weekend and we’ve worked up and posted our new purchases now for sale on the website. We picked up some really nice Seated Dollars, Seated Half Dollars, Seated Quarters, Seated Dimes, Bust Dimes and Bust Dollars!! New purchases can be located here:

http://www.dickosburn.com/new-purchases/

All newps are imaged and available for sale.

Our website issues are being worked on by a third party web engineer. We are still having issues with our shopping cart. If you see a coin you’d like to purchase, just email Brian at rarecoins@dickosburn.com or call/text Brian at 603-767-7745. Brian can also run credit cards through our online processor Authorize.net.

Happy Hunting!
Brian P Cushing
www.dickosburn.com

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Baltimore Whitman Expo….

The spring Baltimore Whitman Expo wrapped up yesterday afternoon and, all in all, it was quite unimpressive. The bourse was about as lively as a summer show, which is to say not much was happening. Attendance continues to decline at the conventions and retail sales continue to dry up at the shows and flourish on the web. I was able to purchase a few really neat coins for the website. I should be posting newps and sending out a show note in the next day or two. Among the new purchases are a really nice, blasty 1865 Seated Dollar in PCGS AU53, a flashy and rare 1852-O Seated Half in PCGS AU55 and a very difficult and attractive 1807 Bust Dime in PCGS AU50. If you aren’t currently subscribed to our newsletter, please sign up here: http://www.dickosburn.com/mailing-list.html
Our next show is Central States in Schaumburg Illinois. We currently do not plan to have a table at this show. We will be there to walk the floor and buy new inventory. I will, however, bring any current inventory to be viewed for purchase, upon request.
Wishing you all a wonderful first week of April.
Happy Hunting.
Brian

Brian P Cushing
www.dickosburn.com

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