From the June 5 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Do coin shops serve your current needs?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
No. It is very hard to find a coin shop that has reasonably priced coins. Most of the time I drive 200 miles one way to find the coins I am looking for at coin show. You can usually make offers and if they are reasonable you can get the coin(s) you need or want.
Yes to a large part of what I need to work my collection. But I buy a good portion from the Mint or a trusted dealer online.
San Antonio, Texas
The answer is not always especially in terms of supplies. For instance items such as 2.5-inch holders for crown- sized coins are not available, but this is not a frequent request.
As far as coins, the local dealers know what I like and they always show me recent acquisitions.
R.S. “Bart” Bartanowicz
I work exclusively with a Coin Shop, Hilltop Coins in Marion, Iowa – Lee and Marci Roe. I determine what I am looking for and ask them to find it. I realize many like the searching process. I prefer the decision (What do I want), acceptance ( I still have the final say on whether or not to make the purchase, although Lee and I have very similar appreciation for quality) and enjoyment (own it, pull it out of the safe often and look and marvel) processes.
I will attend coin shows, but mostly to see what is out there for sale, and to consider coins I have not added to my wish list for Hilltop.
I will probably never get to the point of buying from the internet. What I have seen to date, I do not care for the pricing of the coins for sale.
We have one here and I get whatever I need, coins and supplies. It is a very nice coin shop.