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21 Apr 2019

A Very Fun Time!

National Money Show | user_63594

I took time off work to go to the National Money Show in Pittsburgh, PA and had a great time! I saw someone I had not seen in a long time and it was nice reconnecting with him. I learned a couple of new things pertaining to colonial coins. I was able to help some new members who had joined at the show and some non-members who were there to find out values for some coins they had handed down to them from family members. I even advised one of the convention employee security guards to research the ancient coin he bought for $10.00 and to join the ANA to use their library! On top of making some network connections with dealers for my World Coin Birth Year set, I purchased the two key date coins I have always dreamed of owning! I bought a 1909 S V.D.B. Lincoln cent and a 1916 D Mercury dime. The Lincoln cent I talked about since 1980 having started collecting in 1978. The Mercury dime I wanted since about 1995. I tracked the value using the Red Book for five years (from 1995-1999) where it went up in value better than my retirement fund did! I also bought my mom a Fiji "Coca Cola" bottle cap coin. She collects Coca Cola stuff and loved that item! I especially enjoyed the exhibits. I admit to being somewhat jealous of the Apollo Mission exhibit as it had several of the coins I need for my World Birth Year set in it. I also liked the NASA, Haley's Comet, Byzantine Empire Coinage and the Numismatic History of the Organ exhibits. It made the People's Choice award voting very tough. I was glad to see the Organ History exhibit I voted for did well! I felt it was the best due to the subject matter. To me, that is what coin collecting is all about - finding coins and medallions that display interest you have and the church organ is off the beaten path in that regard! I can't wait for 2020 to come so I can hit the World's Fair of Money! Hopefully I can find the remaining 13 coins I need for my World Coin Birth Year set! As a bonus, I went back to work the following Tuesday and I increased my production level by 90-130 units per hour every day since then! Does attending coin conventions make you more productive? You decide!

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15 Apr 2019

Thank you National Money Show (NMS), March 28-30, 2019

National Money Show | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

The American Numismatic Association (ANA –www.money.org) National Money Show was held in Pittsburgh, PA on March 27 (set-up), 28 – 30, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which is connected to the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh.This was the sixth time Pittsburgh has hosted an ANA Convention.A special thanks to ANA Convention Director Jennifer Ackerman and her staff,Host Chair Patrick McBride and his 30-member committee, the National Volunteers, President Gary Adkins and the Board, Executive Director Kim Kiick and her staff, along with the host organization, the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN –www.pancoins.org).Everyone connected to the show did masterful job; before, during and after the convention ended.After the Wednesday set-up day concluded, PAN had a banquet at the beautiful LeMont Restaurant across the river overlooking the city.The speaker was U. S. Mint Director David J. Ryder.The numismatic friends of Sherlock Holmes dinner (hosted by the Fourth Garrideb – invitation only) was held on Friday night.

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31 Mar 2019

A Day At the NMS

National Money Show | Just Mokie

The weather was fine, despite a forecast of some rain, the walk from the trolley station to the convention center was pleasant, and the National Money Show turned out to be all that I expected. As many of you are aware, I had signed on as a volunteer for Saturday but knew the heavy lifting would be at the end of the show, when we had to pack up our considerable amount of PAN stuff for storage, until the next PAN show in May. So, I had duties to be sure, helping out at the exhibits area, manning the PAN booth, and walking the show in my ANA Ambassador shirt to answer questions and to point people toward the museum exhibit where one could view, among many other items, a 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, an 1804 Dollar, a 1933 Eagle (one of about 20 legal to own), and the fantastic 1943 Bronze Cent. Just interacting with the attendees is the absolute best part of volunteering. I especially enjoyed interacting with YNs and their Parents as they came to our PAN booth during their treasure hunt. We were question #1 on their form, "What was the first year the United States produced coins?" The possible answers were 1776, 1793, 1804, or 1812. I probably assisted about 15 Juniors with their form and with a wee bit of coaching, they were all able to get their first question correct. Our PAN booth had a big box of foreign coins and each YN was able to choose two coins as soon as they got the correct answer. Seeing their eager faces and their happy parents, made the whole volunteering experience worth much more to me than it probably did to them. But volunteering was not what it was all about, I also had a want list and was determined to find, a NGC slabbed 1918 Lincoln Illinois, a raw 1925 Canadian Cent for my Whitman folder, and an NGC slabbed NO-VDB Cent, 1909-1917. So many temptations along the way, I could have easily blown my entire budget before I even spotted any of my wanted items, but I persevered and finally found the 1918 Lincoln, in MS65, with a CAC Bean to boot. Now that particular purchase pretty much blew my budget but luckily I had already had an offer accepted for the 1925 Canadian Cent, from EBAY, that same morning. I never did find the Slabbed NO-VDB, but they are plentiful on EBAY and I will buy it soon. At the urging of a PAN member, I bought a book on all things Lincoln and finally, I saw something that brought waves of nostalgia to my collector heart, it was the SILVER STORY with Silver Certificate, Morgan Dollar, Peace Dollar, and Silver Flakes for a price I could not pass up, so I took the last of my budget and bought it too. Freebies were a little scarce on that final day of the Con, political campaigning for the ANA Board was occurring so I got a very nice token from Mr. Donald Kagin, he is running for ANA President, and I also received a poker chip issued by Mr. Thomas Uram, who is running for ANA VP. Both men spent some time talking with my partner and I at the PAN booth, I like their enthusiasm for the Hobby and I also like their can-do attitudes.Finally, I got a free book, very thick, about Civil War Tokens and other misc. magazines and what not. Best day Ever? No, but a great one nonetheless, I cannot wait for May when my home club, PAN, hosts their spring show and I really cannot wait until August of 2020 when ANA returns to Pittsburgh.

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23 Mar 2018

New Additions to My Morgan Dollar Set

National Money Show | FortWorthCollector

This year the National Money Show was held at the Irving convention center in Irving, Texas. Since the National Money Show was being held in my neck of the woods I decided to take friday off and see how much trouble I could get into. I was able to add an 1878 7/8TF Weak VAM-41A, 1884, and 1890 to my collection. See the pictures below or visit my updated set on my profile.

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23 Mar 2018

My National Money Show Trades

National Money Show | FortWorthCollector

As some of you may know I already had an 1882-S in an Ancas holder. I decided to clear all of my Ancas holders out except for the low end coins and Mint errors. I did this because I have seen how hard they are to try and get rid of in the future. Most dealers will sell you an Ancas holdered coin but won’t buy it back no matter how nice the coin is. So I had an opportunity at the National Money Show to trade My 1882-S in so I did and the pictures below show my new 1882-S in a PCGS holder. I think it is just as good a coin or even better than the old one.

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19 Mar 2018

The Trip to Texas

National Money Show | HollyDay

We drove from Missouri to Irving Texas to visit the ANA hosted National Money Show there. The reason we went there was for my sister's presentation.She also did a display. I felt bad for my sister because she did not get a prize. It took eight hours to get to our hotel. And on the way there I watched Garfield. The hotel we stayed was a really good deal that my dad found. They served free breakfast and dinner. And the hotel was thirty minutes away from the coin show. When we got there I bought two things on the first day. A proof set from 1974 and a gold plated quarter. I also did the ANA trivia game and walked around asking the people at the booths for the answers to the questions. Some prizes that I got a Ronald Reagan one dollar coin in a really nice case I also got a foreign coin and a neither dollar coin. The next day I got a fake gold coin for ninety cents. And I spent six dollars and ninety cents over all. Which is 13 chores for me. I brought thirdly dollars and sixty cents to the coin show. The next day I got nothing. We went to the coin show every day and stay there two hours, then we got lunch, and then went back to the coin show .And then go to our hotel room and then every one watches TV for two hours and then dad sets a timer for thirty two minuets and when the timer went off we went to bed and almost every night we went to bed at nine O'clock.

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19 Mar 2018

The National Money Show in Texas

National Money Show | The Paginator

This year my family went to Irving Texas for the National Money Show. The main reason we went there though was because I did a money talk on World War II Emergency currency and I put a display in on Kennedy half dollars. The three World War II currency's I talked about were the Victory Note, North African Yellow Seal Certificate and the Hawaii note. It was a new experience for me so it was a little scary. Although I earned 250 YN dollars for doing it so that was the best part! I didn't get any awards for my display but that was OK because it was my first time and a learning experience.

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08 Mar 2017

Wish I was there

National Money Show | CoinLady

Oh, to be in Orlando, for the National Money Show! I traveled to many coin shows and conventions over the years. Every show was good and had lots to offer. A trip around the exhibit area is a great way to start. You could learn something new about a familiar series, be introduced to a new set, or see something in a different way. Exhibits featuring coin albums, the color of early coppers, and other items can show how collecting is not just filling holes in a book. Many collectors are creative.

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09 Mar 2016

I Went to Dallas, Not Enough Others Did

National Money Show | VKurtB

I flew from Philly International out to "Big D" Wednesday the 2nd in the late afternoon/early evening time slot on Southwest. No special food on which to report, sorry. Flying into DAL for an Eagles fan just felt wrong, y'know? I may shower, but I may never again be clean. KIDDING! The official show hotels were impossibly expensive for a mere collector, so I had to rely on Bill Shatner and "knock, knock, knock, Penny?" to find me a room. (Priceline, for those who need help.) Cha-ching! The old classic hotel, The Adolphus, became my three nights' home for less than half the show hotel rate. Here's the best part - it was CLOSER to "our" end of the Hutchison Convention Center than the official hotel was. Hee, hee, hee. Either way, it was a three to four block walk. The weather was superb so what the heck, right? I waited at Love Field for the transfer to the DART light rail just long enough to say "enough", and took a cab to the Adolphus. I am a collector of not just coins, but Southwest Dining and/or Shopping Rewards deals wherever I can snag 'em, so I strolled over to The Press Box a few blocks away to grab some sustenance. Again, no food pictures, sorry. Had a great local brew and a "Brisket Burger" at the suggestion of the server. Excellent, and SouthwestDining Rewardspoints on the side. Then, me tired, must sleep. My room at The Adolphus was HUGE, Texas huge, but with no view. Standard with a cheap Priceline deal. Big deal, right? Sleep, bathe, dress, leave, come back, sleep, rinse, repeat. The room was also luxurious. Good enough for the Brit royals, Bessy n' Phil, good enough for the BellmanMeister, I always say. The show opened on Thursday morning for the dealers at 8, but I walked over to the hall with the Chief Counsel for Dillon Gage, who was headed to ICTA's meeting on counterfeits. I needed to say "howdy doo" to Kathy McFadden of ICTA anyway, because we've been working hard together on keeping coins untaxed in Pennsylvania. I stayed for the meeting, and ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick and Prez Jeff Garrett plopped down at the same table as me. The meeting was basically a gripe session about law enforcement doing everything they can to NOT get involved fighting Chinese (and other) counterfeit bullion. Then it was time to go over to the bourse hall and get my Day 1 assignment from the "Goddess of ANA Shows", Rhonda Scurek. It was registration line management, a specialty for which I am known at ANA.

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