The hobby in 2014: great finds, good and bad laws, too many passings

Guest Commentary from the Feb. 9, 2015, issue of Coin World
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Rich Uhrich is a coin dealer from Hershey, Pa., who specializes in Bust and Seated Liberty silver rare U.S. coins.

Here’s a look back at numismatics in 2014:

➤ BEST FIND #1 — A family in the United Kingdom discovered a 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar in a longtime family collection. It grades Professional Coin Grading Service About Uncirculated 50.

➤ BEST FIND #2 — A new 1817/4 Capped Bust half dollar was discovered, but the longtime owner had tried to scratch away the “4” part of the underdate. PCGS calls it Very Fine Details, Damaged.

➤ BEST FIND #3 — A 1788 Vermont copper was started on eBay at 99 cents. It ended at $29,900. The coin was a Rarity 7 piece with only six examples known.

➤ BEST FIND #4 — A collector found a 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent in a roll. It graded PCGS AU-55 and sold for $19,800 in auction.

➤ BEST FIND #5 — Stack’s Bowers Galleries acquired a hoard of over 1 million coins, including bags of large cents through silver dollars. The coins weighed 30 tons.

➤ BEST FIND #6 — 1793 Flowing Hair, Chain cent found in a bag of coins purchased in the United Kingdom for $17 was sold for $41,500.

➤ GOLD FLAT, SILVER DOWN AGAIN — Gold closed at $1,183.50 (down 2 percent) and silver closed at $15.72 (down nearly 20 percent).

➤ SELLING MORE AND MORE — U.S. Mint has record sales of silver American Eagles.

➤ BIGGEST FIASCO — The distribution of the gold Kennedy half dollars at the American Numismatic Association’s annual convention.

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