The 111th Anniversary Convention of the American Numismatic Association was held recently in New York City, and the NGC table was bustling throughout the show.
The 111th Anniversary Convention of the American Numismatic
Association was held recently in New York City, and
the NGC table was bustling throughout the show.
On hand for NGC were Customer Service Representatives
Sarah Martin, Danielle Klingener and Scott Heller, as
well as Research Director Dave Lange. For the first
time at an ANA show, NGC was both grading and encapsulating
coins on-site, and this same-day service was really
a hit with dealers and collectors. We had the opportunity
to meet many members of the Certified Collectors' Society
and put faces to the names already familiar from the
CCG on-line message boards.
On display at the NGC table were two remarkable coin
collections. The first was on loan courtesy of Vintage
Coins of Maumee, Ohio, and featured a complete run of
gem proof Liberty Head Half Eagles 1858-1907. These
once belonged to the late Ed Trompeter and still carry
his pedigree. Also on display was the awesome type collection
of classic-era silver commemorative halves formed by
retired Houston Oiler Greg Bingham. Greg was on hand
much of the week and delighted in sharing his collection
with the many people drawn to these gorgeously toned
One of the highlights of convention week was a Thursday
afternoon forum featuring several of the key people
at NGC and NCS. An audience consisting primarily of
Collectors' Society members enjoyed a deli lunch provided
by the companies, while having their questions answered
by a panel consisting of Certified Collectibles Group
President Steve Eichenbaum, NGC CEO Mark Salzberg, NCS
Assistant Operations Director Brian Silliman, NGC Research
Director Dave Lange and CCG Website Manager Dena Skeffington.
The questions covered both technical matters relating
to the Certified Collectors' Registry and procedural
issues regarding the movement of coins between NCS and
NGC. At the conclusion of the forum, a number of individuals
lingered to chat with the panel participants. The feedback
offered during the forum has proven invaluable. Some
suggestions have already been acted upon and implemented.
This was a great ANA convention for NGC. Attendance
was excellent, as were many of the exhibits. We look
forward to next year!