After a VERY successful Long Beach show, I'm looking forward to the ANA National Money Show in Colorado Springs, March 14-16, 2024. It will be held at one of the world's most beautiful settings at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain in the incredible Broadmoor Hotel. This is a 5-star hotel and it should at least get a plus+ grade! Winter is always tricky in Colorado, but the location alone is worth the weather risks.
If you're a skier and a coin-enthusiast, you should attend as you may find the best of both worlds in a few short days. I will be setting up this time at TABLE 354 and have already scheduled a couple of extensive appraisal appointments. Feel free to contact me in advance if you have anything more than a few coins, as time is always limited on the bourse floor.
Finally, if you're attending, you'll never get a better hotel rate than what the Broadmoor is offering for ANA attendees. Call the hotel directly at 855-634-7711 and mention the "2024 National Money Show." Rooms at this hotel can be a minimum of $600-900 normally, and often more, but the ANA has a $208 rate, which is fabulous in this day and age of inflation.
Hoping to see many old friends at this one!
They say time flies and I'll add that time flies faster as one ages. At age 14, I attended the very first Long Beach coin show in 1964 at the old Civic Auditorium, a building long gone. I was working for a dealer from my hometown of Fullerton and was awestruck at the spectacle of so many coins. The Kennedy half was still trading at premiums due to the initial demand for the coin with a recently fallen President. Modern BU rolls were trading at historic prices and the bourse, while small by today's standards, was very active and populated by the best and biggest dealers from all over America.
I will be attending this one without a table, but will be conducting one of my Sealed Bid Sales and servicing my specialized want lists for long-time customers. If you're attending and want to meet, feel free to contact me on my cell phone: 818-632-2352. My next scheduled show at which I WILL have a table is the ANA "Mid-Year" in Colorado Springs, March 14-16.
Alas, I will be missing the June Long Beach Show as I'm off to Colorado Springs to co-instruct, for the 11th time, the Advanced U.S. Coin grading class. My partners will be Jeff Garrett (his third year) and Ken Park who returns for the 4th time. The class is something near and dear to my heart as I was invited to teach by my late friend Charlie Browne, who had taught the class for over a decade before inviting me to join himself and Bill Shamhart who essentially founded the class.
It's an intense 4-days of grading, discussing and sometimes debating the elements of coin grading. Our class focuses on the upper-end of the grading scale, essentially AU-58 to MS-69, which is where all the money lies in numismatics. It's great fun for me and very rewarding, as several of our students go on to work for major firms and a few become graders at PCGS & NGC. Very much looking forward to this year's class as the industry is on the verge of yet another transformative period with the introduction of CAC as a 3rd party grading service.
The ANA offers only a single class for the Advanced students, while there are two each of Grading I & 2. They require completion of those classes before enrolling in Advanced or instructor exemption based on experience in the field. You can read all the information on the Summer Seminar at Coin Collecting & Numismatics | American Numismatic Association (money.org).
I'm looking forward to the Central States show and the first one I've attended in several years. We've all been disrupted by covid and perhaps we'll never be the same again as a society, while there was no shortage of effects on the numismatic world.
However, this show promises to break the mold and erase some of the creeping morass that many of us have observed at the typical major convention. We are also buoyed by a robust bullion market, which at this writing has gold at $2021 and silver at $24.90. It should be a great event for all who attend. My table is #1503 during the show.
Among the doings will be the National Silver Dollar Roundtable (NSDR) banquet at Morton's Steakhouse on Thursday evening, April 27. The NSDR was founded in 1982 and is composed of enthusiastic and accomplished silver dollar collectors and dealers, with most being Life Members. All members are invited to attend and those life members are entitled to a gratis great dinner at Morton's. If you're not a member, you should be!! Check out the NSDR website at www.NSDR.net or www.NSDR.org.
If you're interested in joining or you need tickets to the banquet, please contact NSDR Secretary, Diana Wuller at 618-316-4110 or email@example.com. Seating is limited and it's always been a sell-out! Diana will be at table #808, Arrowhead Coin & Jewelry.
At last October's Long Beach Expo, I was honored to be interviewed for the "Slab Lab" series. As a confirmed "old-timer," it was fun reminiscing about my career in numismatics. The session went so long, that they broke it into two parts, so here's the link to Part I. I hope you will enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwUCjg_qDEE
Well, this time I actually DID attend the Long Beach Show September 28 to October 1, but failed to post a notice! It was good to return after a 2-and-a-half-year absence and meet up with old friends. After the June 2023 show, I will again be traveling to Colorado Springs to instruct the ANA Advanced Grading and Problem Coin class, again with Jeff Garrett and we'll be welcoming Ken Park back giving us 3 instructors which is optimal for the class size. Ken is a world class grader who has worked at PCGS for many years.
After a two-year Covid hiatus, the ANA resumed their Summer Seminar in June and I was thrilled to be able to return as an instructor in the Advanced Grading and Problem Coins course for the 10th time!! It was also a privilege to share the event with Jeff Garrett for the second time. Jeff is the senior editor of the "Guide Book of United States Coins," otherwise known as "The Redbook." since its first publishing in 1947. Together we were able to hold the attention of 18 enthusiastic students and our reviews came back extremely positive. As a side note, we also shared an evening of dinner and discussion with Ken Bressett, who is Editor Emeritus of the Redbook and at age 93, is still very active and has a world of stories in his repertoire. I'm looking forward to next year already!
It's certainly been a challenging couple of years for the entire world, but after a two year "hiatus," I will be returning to the Long Beach show on February 16-19. This time my table number is 820 and we are in Hall C, rather than the traditional Hall A.
I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and clients once again! My trip to Southern California will include several stops along the way performing a couple of appraisals and other services, so inventory-wise, this show will be sparse or non-existent. This is an excellent opportunity for you to stop by and potentially obtain valuations for any numismatic material you might have, time permitting. I will always do my best to accommodate any request, but quite often at a busy convention, extensive appraisals are just not feasible. For those, we can certainly set up an appointment at a mutually convenient time and location.
Again, looking forward to reuniting with the coin world!! See you then!
Here we are in 2020 at the famous Long Beach Coin Show. If you're visiting, stop by table 934 and say Hi. The show ends on Saturday, but I will be leaving that morning. If you have a few coins you'd like to get appraised, mention that you read this message and there will be no charge, time permitting on the bourse floor.
The metals are showing strength with promises to stimulate business. It remains to be seen if the momentum continues. Our next scheduled show will be Central States in Schaumburg, Illinois in April. Standby for details and a show report.
The New Year kicks off as usual with the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention in Orlando, Florida. Dates for public attendance are Thursday January 9 through Sunday January 12. If you're planning on attending, please stop by my TABLE 529. I will be arriving Tuesday afternoon and can be reached by phone at 818-632-2352.
As I write the metals are in a mini bull-market with gold closing Friday at $1552.30 and silver at $18.01. This is apparently due to the instability in the Middle-East and the rise of tensions between Iran and West. Let's hope this doesn't escalate into serious levels.
What this means for the rare coin market remains to be seen. Opinions vary greatly among experts as to where and what the new year holds for coins, but the one unanimous conclusion is that, as always, quality is king and even in a down market, nice coins will sell while marginal quality items are hard-pressed to find a buyer. I hope to see you at the show and am happy to discuss your goals and challenges for the upcoming year.