It's been about 20 degrees Fahrenheit all day here, with a howling wind that would chill Satan to the bone. I guess I should be happy that some of my readers at least, are heading soon to warmer climates, specifically the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) show in Orlando, FL.
Numismatic literature dealer John H. Burns writes:
I will be set up at tables 1247 and 1249 at the F.U.N. show
January 7 to January 10.
Also heading to F.U.N. is Alan V. Weinberg, who writes:
I'm off to Orlando on Tuesday night. Upon my return, I'll send a report on the sale or non-sale of the 1913 Liberty nickel. Frankly, I don't think it'll go past 3 million hammer - in this economy - and thus won't sell. Heck, you can buy a choice gold Brasher doubloon (the Kagin-Contursi specimen or Virgil Brand-Jack Friedberg-Walter Perschke specimen - both currently on the market) for $5 million and neither is moving. The Brasher Doubloon's aesthetics, historical desirability and sale appearance frequency puts the 1913 nickel to shame.
I'd love to be proven wrong and have the nickel sell for, say, $5 million, but I don't think so. It's nickel, small and visually unimpressive, not a gem coin, part of a series with only the last date digit difference, historically unimportant, and a sub-rosa Mint product.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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