Tampa proves to be an excellent back-up location for this annual winter event.
Relocation of the Florida United Numismatists’ winter coin convention to Tampa did not deter anyone from attending this highly anticipated annual event. Attendance was excellent throughout the long weekend. NGC’s booth was busy at nearly all times, with customers lining up to both submit and pick up coins, as well as view the fabulous display of beautifully toned United States commemorative coins (see accompanying article).
A convention center parking fee of just $5 for the day certainly warmed the hearts of many attendees, as parking costs have become an issue at other major shows around the country. The FUN officers and staff put on a well-organized and smooth-running event, and Tampa can certainly be counted on as a back-up location for those years when the usual Orlando Convention Center venue is not available.
Among the topics overheard at the NGC booth was a general satisfaction that NGC’s EdgeView® Holder has now become standard issue for all of its encapsulated coins. Also garnering high marks was the debut of NGC’s new holder for the 5-ounce silver bullion coins issued in conjunction with the US Mint’s America the Beautiful program. The scarcity of these coins in the marketplace has limited opportunities to view both the coins and the new holders, but initial responses have been positive.