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We are at the Whitman Baltimore Expo and initial indications are a strong dealer showing. The precious metals thus far are showing a healthy indication as well.
Silver dollars remain in strong demand for the entire lower range of the market with strong investment and promotional demand continuing across the board. There is some softness in the higher grade Carson City issues and while the current level of the economy is having an affect it is most likely related to normal seasonal weakness and dealer cash flow considerations.
Mint sets are extremely quiet with virtually no change over the last two weeks. Proof sets have a dozen or so movers with the most active and positive being Premier Silver sets and the rarer 1996-S Prestige set.
There is also some recent positive activity in the pre-1950 sets which have been very quiet for several months. They are always a difficult sector of the proof set market to gauge because original sets are scarce and there are many made up sets.
Some of these have been assembled by the less scrupulous who have substituted a prooflike Buffalo or Mercury or Walking Liberty half to make their sets appear to be a bargain. Caveat emptor!