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02 May 2019

The Vibrant Heart of Our Hobby

Coin Shows | Mokester

Most of us in the hobby have a special place in our heart for the Coin Show. Whether it be a large national show like Worlds Fair of Money, a strong regional show, like FUN or Long Beach, a smaller show like PAN, or the smallest shows organized by local clubs with maybe 30 participants at the bourse. Regardless of the size of the show, they all have one thing in common, US, the Numismatist, filling our albums, finding our treasures, and trying very hard to instill the love of our hobby to the next generation.


On May 9th, 10th, and 11th, the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) will be holding their Spring show in fabulous Monroeville, PA (just outside Pittsburgh). I joined PAN while still living in California with the express intent of using their good offices to fulfill my dream of becoming very active in my hobby as a retiree. Now a little over a year into my retirement, I have found my niche and I am a proud participant in their two yearly shows. This spring, I will be helping to run the Kid Zone with an eye to taking over the whole program in the years to come. Nothing makes me happier, as a collector, than seeing the smiling faces of young collectors as they visit our table and participate in our activities. We have a Lincoln Cent Table, full of Wheaties, for them to pick through, free of charge, we issue auction dollars for just showing up at our table, with more dollars for bringing friends, or wearing our free PAN T-Shirts, we have educational programs for their enjoyment, and finally we have dealers and members who donate so our kid zone auction has plenty of material.


I cannot wait for Kid Zone to open on 11 May, if you are at the show, stop by and say Hi. I will be there with the biggest smile on my face.

Comments

Love the design, and the kids will love and appreciate it too. Great work thanks for all you do!

NumisMATist

Level 4

Cool! Awesome that you love passing on the hobby to the younger generation. The hobby will never die. Have fun.

Longstrider

Level 6

Any chance someone will be recording that lecture and throwing it up on You Tube or somewhere I can watch it??

Mokester

Level 5

Yes, a chance for sure, they have put other lectures on Youtube and David Lisot, Coin Television, has been there in recent years doing interviews, etc. Will let you know if they put it online.

Kepi

Level 6

Looks to be a great show! Loved the flyers ; ) Thanks for helping out the kids and hoping you have the best time! Two weeks and counting for me then I'll be headed for Las Vegas for a show! It's been probably two years since attending a coin show and I can't wait! Great blog!

Mokester

Level 5

Love Las Vegas, so many things to do after the bourse closes. Make sure partner doesn't put any VAMS in the slots by accident.

Longstrider

Level 6

Looking at the flyer, I would love to attend that lecture. Thanks for helping the kids. Wish I could go. Oh well. I have one in the middle of this month to attend. One a year, if I'm lucky..Thanks again..

Mokester

Level 5

I know, I am really looking forward to that lecture, usually the lecturers have books, etc. available to buy so maybe a new book on the horizon, as well.

"SUN"

Level 5

I was also under the impression PAN was a very active club. Good luck with the show.

Mokester

Level 5

You're right about that, the club is full of really great folks that love being around each other and coins. Our President is an ANA Governer and he is running for VP in the coming election. He is also the current Chairman of the CCAC. A really great guy who puts tons of time, effort, and his own money into furthering the hobby.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Awesome. It is always nice to get the kids involved.

Mike B

Level 6

We need more dedicated people like you. Just think how much better it would be. Easier on the kids. And Y or help it makes it great for everyone.thank you for your dedication to the hobby.

thisistheshow

Level 4

Wow! I am impressed by your dedication! Good job, and good luck!

PastorK7354

Level 4

This is so true, Support a show!!!!

RPSeitz

Level 4

Good for you!! Thanks for sharing your gift with young, Numismatists!!!!

coinsbygary

Level 5

I'm going to have to get to Pittsburgh one of these days. Maybe next year for the summer ANA show. Have fun, sounds like a blast!

Mokester

Level 5

You can do a lecture then I can get an autograph/selfie and buy you Dinner at Primanti's. (:

great that you are supporting the growth of the hobby... Have a fun time!

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