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Coin Show Report - Clifton, NJ

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Today was a fairly bustling day at the monthly, 30-table, show in Clifton, NJ. A couple of the regular dealers weren't there, but there seemed to be more floor traffic than usual, so the dealers who were there were busy. I only saw a few of the usual wholesalers, but Jules Karp was there, as was Lorraine Weiss (she and her husband are ancient and world coin dealers). I was rather surprised to see Mrs. Weiss, but didn't get a chance to talk to her.


Ira Meltzer was there, complaining that he can't replace his inventory (which was definitely smaller than last month). He said that he saw a half dozen coins he wanted at another dealer's shop, but that he wanted more than Ira was prepared to pay. The seller's reaction? "I'll wait for ANA and get my price there."


I didn't see much today that caught my interest, except that the older gentleman who sold me the box of copies of the Numismatic Scrapbook had another box of them. (He must have a big basement.) I figured that I better grab them while they were there, so I bought the box of 60 (hopefully it contains some of the copies missing from the previous box I bought!).


One of the dealers had some big boxes of 2005 sets: Silver Proof and P and D uncirculated sets, I recall. I overheard another dealer wondering how he got the silver sets so fast, since he didn't think they were available yet.


It's time for this show to take a break for the summer - the next Clifton show is September 18th.

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For some reason, the smaller local and regional shows seem to be doing a lot more retail business than the bigger national shows. I feel these smaller shows cater to fixed and loyal crowd. I always enjoy a smaller show, under 50 tables, since this lets me explore each dealer's case more carefully.





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