Coins We Love: From NASCAR to Napoleon

Coins We Love: From NASCAR to Napoleon

The coins keep rolling along here at DLRC. With the explosive bidding action in the most recent Red Carpet Rarities auction, we’re thrilled to have the next group ending this evening. This time the featured lots aren’t all super expensive, high-end gold issues. There’s a variety of new pieces being offered from the D.L. Hansen Collection, highlighted by a nice group of Indian Cents.

The roots of DLRC remain in our Sunday night auctions, but the expansion of our offerings on Thursdays has made for an even more interesting office for us coin-lovers. And the exciting part is that the end is nowhere in sight! The next big batch of coins has already entered the building as of this week, enthusiastically protracting our Red Carpet Rarities series for several more months. For those of you who have mentioned our new video reels highlighting some of our upcoming offerings, we appreciate that! Those were a fun new experiment that we hope to continue in the coming weeks.

This week, there’s a small PCGS Invitational event in the DC area which DLRC was delighted to attend. These dealer-only events provide an opportunity for us to sit down and discuss the market with our peers, while also engaging in more in-depth conversations with the collectors who are able to attend. While the public attendance has been a bit weak here, the folks that did show up in the rainstorm have been a lot of fun. A few new collectors dropped by and discussed what brought them into the hobby, and a few brought by coins that they are looking to sell from their collection. The wide variety of conversations and sights we see at these events make for some fascinating stories. To understand the gamut of conversations, today we covered: 1980s NASCAR sponsors, possible collusion in the casino poker room, college admission expenses, maritime law, the artistic beauty of coin designs, the different designs of Liberty on coins, the difficult of selling US-made Cuban coins, the history of a silver buyer doing hotel buys at the Plaza Hotel in the 1980s, how to uphold grading integrity, comparing the virtues and strengths of Napoleon, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Augustus, to a peacock named Wes and a dog named Cinnamon who attended the show. And all of this works directly around the buying of coins.

It is not lost on me how lucky I am to be able to sit down and study coins all day…it’s truly an honor and a privilege and we appreciate your patronage. For today I’ll conclude with a few quick thoughts:

  1. Gold has been skyrocketing with no analog nor precedent, but steadfast silver finally decided to join the party today. If you’re interested in playing in the stacker market, the supply is becoming a bit tougher once again. But we still have a large group of 2024 Silver Eagles, both graded and non-graded. And if you find a better price elsewhere, let us know…we’ll at least match it or beat it!
  2. What did I read last week on vacation:
  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir of the Creator of Nike: For those of you interested in this sort of thing, it was a fascinating look at the growth of a business and the stories behind it. I really enjoyed learning about the history of the company and it inspired me to make DLRC even better in any way we can!
  • Safeguarding History: The story of former coin dealer and leading manuscript and historical document dealer, Kenneth Rendell. This book has been enthralling! The stories are once again interesting…I just wish he had remained a coin dealer for a little while longer.
  • Podcast on the life of Alexander the Great.

Yes, it’s quite a variety of topics, but it was more interesting than People magazine…at least to me!

  1. What or where is next? No coin shows for a few weeks until Central States in May…I guess I’ll have to reintroduce myself to my dogs – they might have forgotten about me…

Thanks for reading this week’s numismatic ramblings!

John Brush and Your Friends at DLRC

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