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Flying Eagle star of Sarasota

The Sarasota, Fla., Coin Show was held Oct. 24-26 at the historic Sarasota  Municipal Auditorium along Sarasota Bay. It is jointly sponsored by the Sarasota and Manatee Coin Clubs.

A highlight of the show was the Barry Agan Indian Cent/Lincoln Cent collection on display. The collection is just two coins shy of being complete. It features an 1856 Flying Eagle proof cent, graded PCGS PR-62.

Brian Miller and Jeff Scalici, owners of North Port Coins, purchased the Agar collection. They said that they couldn’t pass up an opportunity to acquire the collection, but that they had to take “deep and long breaths” before acquiring such an expensive collection under the current economic climate.

“There is always a market for quality coins regardless of the economy,” Miller said.

A “good portion” of the collection was sold by the end of the show, the clubs report. Scalici, however, was not anxious to sell the coin.

“Every day that goes by is another one that I can say, ‘I own a great American rarity!’” he said.

Because of current economic conditions, many dealers did not have high expectations for the show. Feelings were mixed, as some reported having a good show, while others commented that they did “OK” or “not as good as in the past.”

The clubs’ next show is set for April 24-26. For information on obtaining a table, contact Frank Cox at (941) 954-0202.

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