I have got back to my hotel room after trip to Scottsdale. Yesterday I searched the yellow pages for coin dealers. I called a total of seven dealers, four of which had no silver eagles and little of any other bullion. I was more concentrated on silver eagles, maples etc.
the 1st dealer was desert gold exchange. They are mostly just a broker but do have some inventory on hand, mostly gold. He did have some silver eagles. I bought him out @ 3.50 over spot. I had an interesting chat with Gene, director of operations, where we exchanged our ideas on the silver market.
Another, C &C coin was well stocked with eagles and maples @ 4.00 over spot. I did not make a visit there.
The last dealer was Steve Sterling coin. I did visit and had a fun visit and chat with Steve. This is the old style coin store with several coin displays and lots of stuff crammed into a very small store. He had some eagles and maples @ 4.00 over spot also fair amount rounds and bars @ 2 over spot also good amount of 90 percent. He had a steady stream of customers. A guy came in and wanted silver maples but balked at the 4.00 premium. He wound up buying generic rounds. Another came in with a set of Roman coins in a display case with labels identifying the emperor and dates the coins were minted. I got a good close up look at them and they were really nice. I think he was just fishing for what he would be offered and did not accept
Steve' s offer. Another guy came in with a 1922 gold certificate which had been professionally graded to vf 35. Steve gave him a bid after consulting the gray sheets. The guy admitted he paid a lot more than Steve's offer and did not sell. Steve is a long time coin guy loaded with experience. I had a fun time and spent about an hour or so chatting. I did buy some of his eagles and did not clean him out. I would highly recommend anyone nearby or visiting to go to Mr. sterling's store, the name alone should give you a clue. Ahhaha!