Monthly Archives: January 2015

Farewell Margo Russell

Unless you are over 50 and a long-time coin collector you probably don’t recognize the name Margo Russell. Margo was Editor of Coin World for 23 years before passing the Editor’s pen to Beth Deisher 29 years ago. She passed away yesterday (Jan. 26) at the grand age of 95, following a recent stroke. She was a grand and wonderful lady, lively and fully functioning until the day of her stroke. She recently told Beth that in addition to driving herself around, she still read 2-3 books per week, [...]

By |January 27th, 2015|General|1 Comment|

RIP Jay Cline

A good friend for 40 years, and a true gentleman! I sold my very first coin collection to him in 1974 at his store on Salem Avenue in Dayton, Ohio. I used the proceeds for the down payment on my first home.

The owner of J.H. Cline Rare Coins died January 8, 2015 from injuries suffered in a car accident. Widely considered throughout the hobby as the premier expert on Standing Liberty Quarters, Jay never lost his passion for the series. He was a regular on the major coin show [...]

By |January 26th, 2015|General|2 Comments|

2015 FUN Show Observations

It’s a new year, and the market hit the “reset” button at the annual Florida United Numismatists’ convention and coin show.

The previous five months’ coin shows were very weak, starting with the disastrous World’s Fair of Money Convention in Chicago, where the ANA allowed a small group of greedy fat-cat dealers to kill the show for everyone else by busing in thousands of transients, homeless and employment agency temps to buy the Kennedy commemorative gold pieces so they could skirt the rules and rip off the public. It [...]

By |January 11th, 2015|General|1 Comment|
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