The Best Darned Fall Coin Show in Pennsylvania

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Mokiechan

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Nowadays, a lot of us, including me, buy most of our coins via the internet.  This is way different from when I started collecting back in the late 1960's.  In those days, even Department Stores had a coin and stamp counter, Heck even the local Woolworth's had a section of the store where you could buy a Red Book, a Lincoln Cent Folder, and all the other associated supplies.  Local coin shops, at least in the Pittsburgh area, were plentiful, and there was always mail order through a dealer you might have spotted in Coins Magazine, or the Numismatic News. Those days are gone, for the most part, but the local, regional, or national coin shows are still around and are still one of the best ways to fill your want list, meet your fellow collectors (I really do feel completely at home surrounded by my fellow hobbyists), and even learn a thing or two.   The Pennsylvania Numismatic Association (PAN) is hosting their Fall show this week, 17-19 October, in beautiful Monroeville PA. There will be about 120 dealers, ANACS will take your coins for grading, and there are a number of speakers, to include Clifford Mishler, holding forth on the 18th.  As if that wasn't enough, here are the top 11 reasons you should attend the Fall PAN show:

1.  Parking is Free, Admission is Free, Spending time at the traveling Burns Library is Free, Distinguished Speakers are Free, and the KidZone is Free (for all YNs under 18).
2.  Clifford Mishler is going to speak about the remarkable Chet Krause on Friday afternoon.  Cliff is a personal Numismatic Hero of Mine.
3.  The weather should be excellent with no rain, or snow, or other natural calamities in the forecast.
4.  Monroeville is conveniently located off the Pennsylvania Turnpike for those of you coming from other parts of Pennsy.
5.  Monroeville is just a Parkway, a tunnel, and a Parkway from beautiful downtown Pittsburgh.
6.  The concession stand in the convention center actually has moderate prices, an excellent breakfast burrito, and a $5 soft drink you can refill for free all day long.
7.  The convention center is adjacent to the Monroeville Mall, which is WORLD FAMOUS for being the Mall featured in George Romero's Dawn of the Dead.
8.  Clubs including the Harrisburg Coin Club, the West Penn Coin Club, the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society, PAN, and the Barber Coin Collectors Society, will be present to answer your questions and solicit your membership.
9.  There will be outstanding competitive exhibits available for your viewing pleasure and you can vote for Best of Show.10. Did I mention Ben Franklin?  Ben Franklin, His Honourable Self, will be appearing throughout the show to provide wisdom and selfie opportunities.
11. Finally, the bourse floor is populated by a number of dealers selling slabbed coins, raw coins, medals, ancient coins, currency, books, and supplies.  If you want it, you will find it.

I hope to see you there, if you do make it, stop by the KidZone table and say Hi, I will be there all day Saturday. 

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Sounds like a great show has been planned. I really like what you are doing for YNs, and being able to hear Clifford Mishler speak is icing on the cake!

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My local coin club is just beginning to reach out to the YN's at our shows. At our last show we had a map of the world and a bunch of foreign coins for the YN's to place on the map. With the coins our YN's took home they got a geography lesson to go along with the coins. That said I loved how at one of your shows you had the YN's looking through penny rolls. With this post there are even more ideas that I might want to replicate here at home! 

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On 10/16/2019 at 9:01 AM, Just Bob said:

Sounds like a great show has been planned. I really like what you are doing for YNs, and being able to hear Clifford Mishler speak is icing on the cake!

I used to love reading Cliff's adventures in coin travel in the Numismatic News.  I wish he still did them, I would love to read about his trip from Wisconsin to Monroeville.  I think he is going to be a very popular part of our Friday speaker lineup.

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On 10/16/2019 at 9:23 AM, gherrmann44 said:

My local coin club is just beginning to reach out to the YN's at our shows. At our last show we had a map of the world and a bunch of foreign coins for the YN's to place on the map. With the coins our YN's took home they got a geography lesson to go along with the coins. That said I loved how at one of your shows you had the YN's looking through penny rolls. With this post there are even more ideas that I might want to replicate here at home! 

I really like that Foreign Coin Map idea that your club did, maybe for our May Show.  We already have  big bin of donated foreign coins, just provide a map and see if the YNs can find a coin for each continent.  We already give them three coins at registration, we would only need to add another 3, to make the continent idea viable. 

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That's what you call spreading the word. Simply by using the world. I can't think of something that would be more educational. Great idea. But then I think all your ideas are good..

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