NGC Highly Visible at ANA Show

Posted on 8/1/2002

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 coins.

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!