Baltimore Coins Show

I attended the Baltimore coin show looking for Hawaiiana items and specific medals for my collection. Did not find any worthwhile Hawaiian items. I also was handing out a copies of my book. Picture of name tag and blown-up picture of an item on my want list.

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There was an online auction over the weekend that someone got a RHM at a steal. ( I assume its a typo and it was won at $5.00 (see starting bid price)

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Buyer Beware…1883 hawaii half dollar- minting used testing strike plate – copper pattern test

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1883-HAWAII-HALF-DOLLAR-COPPER-COIN-COPY-FREE-SHIPPING/651312811.html

Counterfeit from China. Seller mentions the pointed “I”. The image from China also has the pointed “I”

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1883-hawaii-half-dollar-minting-used-testing-strike-plate-copper-pattern-test-/221479919395?&_trksid=p2056016.m2516.l5255

 

I reported the item with eBay.

Read more about it…

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.collecting.coins/J6rnKlShedM

 

Seller has been selling it for some time…

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=1883+hawaii+half+dollar+test&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&LH_Sold=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=10&_fpos=&_fsct=&LH_SALE_CURRENCY=0&_sop=12&_dmd=1&_ipg=50&LH_Complete=1

 

Notice the lack of details when compared to an original proof! Click to enlarge. Notice the lack of details in the crown and other areas…

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Bidding War for a 2MS-18 Sterling Silver ….Winning Bid is $565.55

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151330693859?_trksid=p3984.m570.l4478&_trkparms=gh1g%3DI151330693859.N18.S2.M-346.R4.TR11

I had placed a bid in the $500 range during my lunch hour.

Then got an email from a contact (aka dealer).  I immediately retracted my bid. Why?

I was put on notice that a complete serial numbered (each the same serial number) set of Mishler Hawaii/Alaska Statehood medals will be at the Baltimore Coin Show (started today and ends Sunday). The set is 5 coins (aluminum has no serial number). And the price that was provided was fair…

Each coin is NGC graded. The sterling silver is the highest graded….

With this information I retracted my bid….and moved up my Baltimore Coin Show visit to a weeknight rather than a weekend….

 http://expo.whitman.com/baltimore-summer-expo/schedule/

http://expo.whitman.com/

Baltimore has always been good to me… My population of 1 release ceremony gold coins that I donated to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine is a good example. https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=9738