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  1. Another Long Beach show has come and gone - and it seemed to happen so quickly! I always enjoy being at the Long Beach show and seeing all my friends and regular customers, as well as meeting new folks! Most people I spoke with about this show said it was slower than the usual September show. I know several usual east coast dealers weren't there, possibly due to the storms. For me, Wednesday I did my usual buying, and Thursday was busy, but Friday was slow, then Saturday was surprisingly busy. Overall, it turned out to be a B+ show for me, both buying and selling. I know the expo folks work really hard to please both the dealers and the collectors. I'm sure it's not easy sometimes working with us dealers, trying to meet all our needs yet run the business of putting on a successful show, but they in my view they do a great job. And they also work hard at getting the public in the doors with special promotions, free passes to any collector wanting to attend the show, great door prizes, and a fun and entertaining treasure hunt for the kids. Being a creature of habit, whenever I attend the Long Beach show, I enjoy going to the same restaurants as before (and usually with the same group of people), mostly because they have such good food. And this makes it a bit of a challenge to write a show report that doesn't look like past Long Beach show reports, but I'll try! Me and my booth bud, Rich, arrived at the convention center as usual on Wednesday before set up, unloaded, and waited at the loading dock area to be let into the bourse floor. While standing outside the open loading dock door, I noticed a big white tent in the middle of the bourse floor. We were told that there was a cosmetics convention that had taken up all the rooms upstairs so they had to juggle tables around on the floor and make room for Heritage lot viewing. So while Rich waited with my cart at the door, dealers who wanted to do lot viewing were let in so I took advantage of the opportunity to do that instead of waiting outside. I saw my friend Matt who is a quality copper lover as well. I had wanted to see several pieces I noticed in the catalog - I was glad I took the opportunity to see the coins in hand, and it was nice to have a second pair of eyes look at the coins I was interested in as well. During set up, I met with several vest pocket dealers and bought some great Pretty Pennies, including a nice 1856 Flying Eagle in PF61 that looks higher grade. I'm planning to write an article on Penny Pocket Mirrors and my friend Alan Weinberg graciously agreed to let me pick his brain since he too is an avid collector of pocket mirrors and has a wealth of knowledge on most anything exonumia related! So we had a really nice chat, and he gave me a lot of useful information for my article. After set was over, we went to our usual place for dinner, Cafe Piccolo's. Along with my foreign coin dealer friends Karl and Joanne Stephens, Ron Guth and Jeff Garrett joined Rich and I for dinner. Cafe Piccolos has a really nice casual atmosphere, with part of the restaurant outdoors. We've been going there for so long that the waiters know us and even know what we like to order! We all brought wines and each one was very good. Most of us had our usual goat cheese chicken dish which is excellent! Thursday when I arrived at the show I took a few minutes to see the amazing Tyrant Collection. And this is the Paterson Collection of Ancient coins that was on display at the GreatCollections table The US Mint was set up at the show Todd also stopped by to show me another rare glass Columbian Expo token he just bought. This one was in its original bezel and is beautiful! The show on Thursday was really busy, and everyone I spoke with said that Thursday was their best day. Once the show opened, I didn't get away from the table until later in the day. I finally took some photos around the bourse later in the day. My friend, Ryan Delane of Interfanatic Digital Marketing stopped by to say hi. He's building a new website for me and I'm really excited about it! After the show on Thursday, due to some conflicts within our group, instead of going out to Naples Ribs with several other dealers, we went to King's Fish House just behind the convention center on Pine. They not only have amazing seafood, including the best macadamia nut crusted halibut, but they have FREE corkage! Rich and I got there a little early, so we had a pre-dinner cocktail - they make an awesome lemon drop martini! Everyone brought a bottle of wine to share, and there were some really great ones. The Grenache I brought seemed to be very popular as it was all gone by the end of dinner! This is the macadamia nut crusted halibut that I have each time I go there! Getting together for these dinners after a long day at the show is something we all look forward to. It gives us a chance to get to know each other, find out about how our families are doing, talk about how the day went, how the coin market is going in our specialties, etc. It is one of my favorite aspects about attending shows! Fridays are usually slower than Thursdays, and this Friday was typical. I had lots of bursts of business, then it would quiet down and be slow for a while. So I had a little more time to walk around the bourse, hunt for coins, and take a few more photos. This is Alan Weinberg's jaw dropping Brasher Doubloon that was on display. I also viewed the stunning Rollo Fox Collection of $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coins that were on display at the Heritage table The PCGS folks working hard as usual! NGC folks working just as hard! Ted from San Diego also always seem to be very busy at every show I see him. There there is Todd and his dad Roger - I think he has more fun than he actually works! ;-) My dear friends Joe Wargo and Art McBride - two of the nicest, kindest dealers out there! A very good friend (and customer), Buck, is working on a couple of booklets about his personal collections and I recently helped edit one of them, so he brought me these two very good bottles of wine as a thank you. Forum member Michael/RockyMountainProspector stopped by to say hi That night Rich and I went across the street to PF Changs, our favorite Chinese restaurant. The harbor area where there are several restaurants, is really nice, and the evening was warm with a slight breeze - It was an absolutely beautiful evening! This is the view from the harbor across the street to the convention center Rich and I just sat at the bar and had a nice grouping of appetizers. And PF Changs makes the best Mai Tais! The next day Saturday we arrived at the show early (Rich and I carpool since we're both from Orange County) so we could get submissions ready for PCGS, take my Conder tokens to NGC, collect checks from dealers, write checks to other dealers, etc. before the public was let in. Surprisingly, we were very busy most of the day Saturday, all the way until about 2pm. I was sincerely shocked at how much business I did that Saturday - it was great! But soon it was time to pack up, load up, and head home. My hubby was at our Havasu home checking on things after the monsoon they recently had, but of course I had Penny waiting for me when I got home - she's such a sweet affectionate kitty! That's it for now! Next up: Buena Park Show in October, then the PNNA Portland, Baltimore, and Las Vegas Palace Station shows in November.
  2. Thursday morning I had a 7:30am meeting with Kevin Foley, Mitch Ernest and several other dealers regarding ways to improve the Central States show. We discussed both positive and negative aspects of the show, and had a few ideas on how to improve the negative aspects. I think it was a productive meeting, and I appreciated being asked to be a part of it. It is a positive step when the people running the shows ask for and listen to outside opinions. Mitch Ernest in particular has been working very hard to improve the inner workings of the CSNS, and I personally applaud him for all his efforts and insights. He is a truly wonderful person, with a big huge kind and gracious heart. Here is Mitch manning the Central States table! After the meeting, I got to the show right when the public was being let in. The NGC and PMG tables were already busy And here's my bff Cindi working the ANACS table! I am so sorry I neglected to get pics of the PCGS table but it was all the way on the other side of the room, and I just plain forgot! More folks stopped by just to say hi - this is the Dave and Bob/Watersport Sam Joseph/ANA Exposition Manager - he is so friendly and always willing to help with anything! Thursday was again hectic throughout most of the day. It's days like this that make the show fly by - I love it! Also, Thursday night was platinum night at the auction, and a group of us who were not bidding on the auction went over to Gibson's for drinks. I knew Rick was bidding on a couple items at the auction and would report back once it was over. Greg Hannigan, his wife Cecelia, stopped by for a drink before heading over to the casino for dinner and invited me to go along. Well of course, how could I refuse! espeially since the casino was just down the road. We had dinner at Hugo's Frog Bar and Chop House at the casino which I believe may be related to Gibson's since they basically had the same menu, only less expensive. Their food was amazing! Cecelia even offered to take my leftovers back to the hotel and bring them to the show (heated) the next day for lunch - Cecelia is not only a beautiful lady, she is a super kind and gracious sweetheart! I gambled for only a couple hours and again left with extra money in my pockets! Friday morning I had another 7:30am meeting, this time it was the CDN dealer meeting on coin pricing. It was very informative. I believe John is truly being transparent and is working hard to be interactive with the dealer community and auction houses in creating accurate and up to date pricing for all coins. He has brought the Grey Sheet into this century and CDN website has some amazing and helpful features. photos courtesy of Greg Hannigan An elderly couple stopped by my table and showed me a 1943 bronze cent and asked if it was authentic. Of course my first impression after seeing countless fakes was that here's another one. However, he told me he found it in the wall of a house he recently bought from an old coin dealer who had died. He said they found several coins but this particular coin was specially wrapped in newspaper so he figured it must be something special. This peaked my interest. He also said it didn't stick to a magnet, and when I showed it to John Dannreuther who weighed it and it had the correct weight, my interest was peaked even further. But there were a couple things that gave me pause, including the way the rim looked with an extra "outline" and the fact that the date and motto were boldly doubled (which could be attributed to machine doubling) but I've never seen a regular 1943 doubled like this. Even though John suspected it might be counterfeit, he felt it would be worth sending it in for verification just in case. Then I thought about Fred Weinberg who was an aisle away from me. I brought it over to him and he verified that it definitely was a struck counterfeit. The elderly couple was disappointed but glad they didn't have to spend $100+ to submit it only to find out it was not authentic. I wished I had taken a photo, but I got caught up in getting it authenticated one way or the other and didn't think about photographing it at the time! One of my favorite couples stopped by for a brief chat - Larry Sekulich and his wonderful wife Linda. Larry was my exhibiting instructor at the ANA Summer Seminar several years back, and we've been friends ever since, in spite of the fact that it was his exhibit that beat my Penny Potpourri exhibit for Best of Show at the WFM show a few years ago! Soon it was time for my Capped Cents presentation to the Fly-In Club. Before my presentation began, Rick talked about penny counterfeits and had a nice display of several examples. He also brought the discovery piece of the 1875 "dot on the N" cent which was created by the mint to catch a coin thief! I had been preparing my presentation for several weeks now, tweaking it here and there. I hadn't used Power Point for over 15 years and I had fun playing around with all the graphics and designs. In the end, I kept it simple since I already had many photographs in my presentation. I think the presentation went well, though I was a little slow with changing slides on time! Here are some photos that Greg Hannigan took and allowed me to use them for this report! Rick was gracious enough to video tape my presentation, but it cut off in the middle (he was using his phone and got a call!), so it's in two parts. However, I do not know how to post a video here, so perhaps someone can help me with that! I really enjoyed doing the research and writing the article/presentation on this topic, but then I'm crazy about anything made with pennies! So once I get the videos posted, I will certainly understand if any of you find this topic/presentation kind of boring and don't make it through the whole thing! ;-) Friday was once again very active and again the day went by very quickly. I haven't had such a busy show as this one in a long time, with so many people in attendance. Everyone I spoke to felt the same way and I didn't hear any grumbling or dealers say they had a bad show! Friday night was the big ANA banquet, with a cocktail reception ahead of time. It's a great opportunity to socialize with a lot of our illuminaries and honor those in our industry who go the extra mile by giving of their time and expertise to help improve numismatics for everyone. If it wasn't for many of these folks, our world of numismatics would be a little less enlightened, a little less interesting, and a little less fun! We went over to the Hilton a little early, and ran into Abe Lincoln! Here are our very fun and diverse table mates at the banquet One of my very favorite people on the planet - Susan Trask, a truly gracious and wonderful lady! Susan and Kenny Snow As usual, the ANA held a silent auction with some great items up for bid. I tried to win a few things but was outbid on each of them (which was a good thing since I didn't have any extra room in my suitcase to take them home!). Here are some of the items up for auction. Some pics around the room Then the ANA special award winners were announced, followed by installation of the new ANA officers. They decided to hold a separate ceremony for the exhibits on Saturday, so the banquet was a bit shorter than usual. I thought it would be simpler and more accurate if I just took pictures of the program which lists all the award winners along with short bios of each recipient. (not my photo) On Saturday, once again, I had another 7:30am meeting - yuck! I am not a big morning person and these early meetings were wearing on me. But this one was my most important one - it was our Women In Numismatics meeting and as president, I plan a few weeks ahead of time what our agenda will be and do a lot of follow up with various folks. We had a long agenda for this meeting since next year we are celebrating "The Year of Women in Numismatics" which coincides with the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Throughout the year we will be holding special presentations, raffles, door prizes, give-aways, etc. to help promote numismatics to women. We are also doing a big push to involve more young women in WIN by giving all young women who attend the ANA Summer Seminar free memberships for a year. We already have several guest speakers lined up such as John Kraljevich, Ron Guth, and Roger Burdette to give presentations at the three shows WIN holds meetings - FUN, CSNS, and WFM. I am very excited to be a part of this special year for Women In Numismatics! Our board hard at work! Dreama Hurst tallying up our raffle receipts We had a very fruitful board meeting, followed by our general meeting with Mel Wacks who was our guest speaker. Mel is Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, and spoke about women on their commemorative medals. I then headed back to my table and, even though I fielded a lot of questions about the value of handfuls of old generic wheat pennies people had inherited, I had quite a few sales and suprisingly found Saturday to be surprisingly busy. I even ran into good old Abe again! And these adorable young ones with their parents stopped by to take a look at my Pretty Pennies! When I had a break, I went over to the other side of the room to see which exhibits had won. I took photos of most of the winners and of the ones I enjoyed viewing. Soon it was time to pack up and head home. Even though it was a very busy week, it went by so fast and was very successful and fun! When I finally boarded the plane and sat in my seat, I felt exhausted by very satisfied! Bye-bye crazy Chicago for now.... Hello beautiful Orange County! My hubby is taking care of some things at our place in Lake Havasu so he wasn't home to greet me, but of course my sweet Pretty Penny sure was! Next up: Long Beach in a couple weeks, then Buena Park and PNNA Portland in October!
  3. I always look forward to the ANA's World's Fair of Money show as there are a lot of events and activities in addiiton to the buying and selling of coins. I had several business and club meetings, a presentation, and some cocktail receptions to attend, so I was doing preparation for this show a few weeks before I left. As is typical for the WFM show, I knew it was going to be a very busy week! I was very pleased to see that the popular CBS Sunday Morning show even had the WFM show on their upcoming week's calendar! I left OC on Sunday afternoon, with lots of enthusiasm for the week ahead and, about four hours later we were landing in Chicago. I stayed at the Hyatt which has a beautiful lobby and interior, however, the rooms are a bit dated and the bathrooms are very small. It does have a walkway from the hotel to the convention center, but boy oh boy is it long and sort of like a mouse maze! However, it is covered and air conditioned! The Hyatt happened to be having a Beatles festival that weekend and Sunday night was their last event. Since Rick Snow is a big Beatles fan, he and Kenny met me at the hotel for the tribute concert being held that evening by a band called Liverpool. They were very good and played songs from the Abbey Road album. Monday morning I headed over to the convention center for the PNG preshow where I found quite a few Pretty Pennies for my inventory. This is a pic of most of the coins I bought throughout the show, though several pieces sold before I took the pic. I even found a couple of very unusual and cool pieces, particularly this 1942 plastic pattern cent! And this neat Large Cent blank planchet I also found some very cool errors for my personal collection! (Scratch is on the holder, not the coin) And I brought these new pocket mirrors that I recently bought for Todd to photograph The convention center is pretty lit up at night Monday night was the PNG banquet held at Gibson's. It's always a very nice enjoyable event, especially since it starts out with a hosted cocktail reception. It provides a great opportunity for me to catch up with many of my dealer friends. Me and Liz Coggan Neil Ulrich and Rick Snow Me and Jennifer Ackerman/ANA New ANA President Steve Ellsworth New ANA Governor Lynn Garrett and her husband past ANA President Jeff Garrett Foreign coin dealers Dan and Conner of Daniel Frank Sedwick auctions Me and Neil Others at the reception During the banquet, the PNG honored Paul Nugget with the PNG 2019 Abe Kosoff Founders Award "for his steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community and significant contributions to the Guild and the numismatic fraternity in general." Q. David Bowers, a former PNG President, received the PNG 2019 Significant Contribution Award The PNG’s ACTF Alan Kreuzer Memorial Award "for combatting numismatic-related fraud and thievery" was presented to Jack Young by Beth Deisher of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation and PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman. Our table included past ANA President Gary Adkins and his wife, as well as past ANA President Jeff Garrett and new ANA President Steve Ellsworth Tuesday morning at 8am was set up for the dealers. I arrived a little after 8 so most of the dealers had already entered the bourse floor and the lobby was sparse. But as I was coming down the escalator you could see the ANA was busy setting up the lobby for the opening ceremony later that day. The bourse floor was huge and sort of L shaped. This was taken from near the furthest back corner of the room during set up. After I set up my booth, I went over to the ANA Money Museum to check out their displays, in particular, I wanted to see what the Louis Werner's Capped Cents display looked like since I lent them some of my pieces for the display. As I mentioned before, I also was giving a talk on the Capped Cents later that week at our Fly-In Club meeting. The ANA Money Museum always has some fantastic displays, and this time didn't disappoint! The 1942 pattern cent is amazing, and I always love seeing the 1943 copper cent display! Once the public was let in, I can tell you that I got slammed - and it was great! I had one of the busiest days at a show that I've ever had, and it lasted most of the afternoon. Here are some of the folks who stopped by to say hi Dennis Forgue brought me several pieces of penny exonumia for my collection! Michael Maretta Rod Gillis, ANA Education Director Finally about 4pm things started to slow down, so I finally opened up the bottle of Rumbauer that I had brought. My neighbor, Greg Krill, who has his own winery, Pellet Estate, surprisingly needed to borrow my wine opener and graciously gave me a cup of his delicious wine as well. As I mentioned, Tuesday was super busy and I was thrilled with the amount of collectors who were actively seeking pieces for their collections. After the show was over, we stopped at the Five Roses Pub for dinner and drinks before we headed over to the Rivers Casino. That's my nice little stack of chips to the right! Between this Texas Hold-Um Bonus game and the 2 cent Buffalo Stampede slots, I ended up $600 ahead for the night! Wednesday morning was the only morning I could sleep in a little as I had 7:30 am meetings the rest of the week. So I took my time, ordered breakfast in my room, then headed over to the show around 9 am. I took that long walkway which, with all its turns back and forth, I estimate to be almost a mile to the convention center - or at least it felt that way! I later learned that if I just went outside and walked to the convention center down the street and around the corner, it was at least half the distance! Inside the door of the bourse was this handy sign directing collectors to the specific areas on the bourse And here I am all ready for another busy day at the show! My table happened to be right across from David Hall's table. So we took a photo together, along with this rare, fantastic, and gorgeous 1886 $20 gold proof coin he just happened to have! My dear friend Ron Guth stopped by! More folks stopped by too - this is Mark/DollarAfterDollar And this is Josh These are a couple beautiful encasements that I was asked to examine because the owner thought the 1911 might be a Matte Proof Lincoln. The 1911 was not only beautifully toned, it was very sharp and looked like it could be a Matte Proof. However, after careful examination and showing it to a couple other copper experts, it didn't have the proper diagnostics and we determined it was just a very well struck business strike. I was still very interested in purchasing both pieces since they were in pristine condition and would fit nicely in my encasement collection. However, the seller wanted quite a bit of money for the pair and even though I would have loved to haved them, the price was just too high for what I thought they were worth, even taking into consideration the premium for their condition and eye appeal. I later found out that the delaer did get his asking price but I suspect the new owner bought them thinking the 1911 was a Matte Proof or I doubt he would have paid that much. You win some, you lose some! I was very pleased that Wednesday was again very busy with lots of traffic and sales. After the show ended on Wednesday, a large group of us (mostly Copper Weenies including Greg Hannigan, Chris McCawley, Rick Snow and Dino Koromvokis!) went to Carlucci's for dinner. They weren't too far away, and the food was fantastic! Me and Ron waiting for the rest of the party This was a wonderful bottle of wine that Ron chose! I had the Biztecca di Manzo con Gamberi which included a filet, baked crabmeat stuffed scampi and pasta - it was fantastic! Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
  4. Conder, thanks for pointing out another mistake in one of my show reports.
  5. I couldn't get the link to work so I photographed the article and attached it below.
  6. I was anticipating that this Long Beach show, like other June Long Beach shows, would be on the slow side, but I was pleasantly surprised to find overall it was quite a busy show with both abundant coins to buy and very active sales. As usual, I arrived at the loading dock Wednesday morning, unloaded my car at the bottom of the ramp, and me and my booth mate Rich then pushed the loaded cart up the ramp to wait for the noon setup to begin. With two booth helpers, set up went smoothly and quickly, and soon vest pocket dealers were stopping by my table showing me lots of Pretty Pennies. My bff Cindi stopped by to say hi. She had just bought this moose puzzle for her sister. It wasn't long before my good friend Victor and his brother-in-law Clark who just flew in from New Zealand came by my table. He flew to the United States just to pick up some coins, and submit some others to PCGS for show grading. Yes, he is a very passionate numismatist! And they even brought me a nice bottle of Australian wine. We opened that bottle of wine and shared it together - it was very tasty and we all enjoyed it immensely. After the show, we went to our usual Wednesday night spot for dinner, Cafe Piccolos, with my long-time foreign coin dealer friends, Karl and Joanne Stephens, and my dear friend Ron Guth, as well as my boothmate Rich! We brought a few bottles of wine to share and had a really nice evening catching up with each other! I ordered the exact same thing I order every time, the goat cheese chicken and Caesar salad, which was as good as ever! Then we shared the tiramisu for dessert! The next morning I arrived at the show a little early so I could stop by some dealer tables to see if I could fill some want lists. I stopped by to see a dealer who I had bought several pieces of penny exonumia from over the years. We had talked a few shows ago about my capped cent collection and he mentioned that he had quite a collection of original capped cents that he had acquired from a dealer who bought them directly from Louis Werner, the maker of the capped cents. I asked him at that time if he wanted to part with them and he told me he would think about it. Well, he brought the collection to the show and we ended up working out a deal for all of them. The collection included to scarce Joe Louis pieces, as well as several rare Santa Claus pieces in their original Christmas card holders. Also, there are several silver-plated pieces and others with attached bezels to be worn as jewelry. I'm just so thrilled to have add all these pieces to my capped cent collection! In case you're interested in learning more about Capped Cents, here's the article I wrote which appeared in the Numismatist in April: Also included in this collection were two sports-related capped cents that I had never seen before but I thought they were so detailed and interesting that I decided to buy them as well. I'm hoping to learn more about them, what they were made for, etc. They were made in the 1960's so if any of you have more info, please let me know. After I bought the capped cents deal, that dealer's wife came by my table and gave me this cute little mouse holding a penny! When the show opened on Thursday, there seemed to be an endless stream of people coming to the show. For me and most of the dealers I spoke with were pleasantly surprised that the show was very busy most of Thursday. Todd came over to my table to show me this beautiful glass token from the 1892 Columbian Expo that he bought at the show. I have never seen a glass token like this before. He thought it would make an interesting photographic subject, and he was right! After the show on Thursday we headed to our usual Thursday night restaurant - Naple's Ribs! Victor and Clark had heard us talk so much about how good the ribs are that they joined us as well! Friday started out much more slowly than Thursday but soon became steadily busy. I had several regular customers come by and even some YNs like this very adorable young lady! And this cute boy and his mom Also, Dave99b came by and showed me his 1929 1/4 dollar he picked up at the show And John at CN Numismatics and I shared some of my Rombauer Zinfandel at the Central States show, so he was very gracious and gave me a bottle at the show - thank you John! Here are a few of the amazing proofs from the EMS Collection that will be up for sale at the Stack's auction in August! Me and my group are very much creatures of habit because after the show on Friday, we went to our usual Friday night restaurant - King's Fish House which is just behind the convention center on Pine Street and has the most amazing macadamia nut crusted halibut! They also have these silly riddle napkins. We all brought a bottle of wine to share, though we must be slowing down in our old age since we seem to only drink about half of each bottle these days! This is the halibut - it's so yummy that I get it every time, as does half the table! Me and my booth mate, Rich - his wife refers to me as his "show wife"! The rest of our group! Saturday was pretty crowded with lots of families, scouts and other YN's, but it was slow sales-wise, as expected. Me, a little worn out, on our final day of the show! I made my usual rounds with the grading services and they were busy as usual! After picking up their coins, my New Zealand pals needed to head out to the airport for their long trip home. And they even brought me ANOTHER bottle of Australian wine, this time a very nice cab! Let me just say a little something about Victor. I've been working with him for several years now, helping him put together registry sets. Earlier this year his toned set of Indian cents became the all-time finest, and one of his requirements was that every one of them had to be purchased from me! Wow, I was extremely honored. And Victor is such a delight to deal with, always trusting my judgment in the coins I chose, and making it very easy for me to help him. It's truly been an honor and pleasure for me helping Victor with his collections! And I can see why Victor brought Clark with him, he's a wonderful side-kick! Gentlemen.... until next time! So that's about it. Overall, it turned out to be a good show for me, I'd probably give it a B. I realize my experience can be very different from other dealers, but since Long Beach is close to my home, I have a lot of local customers who help make my show even more successful. And as usual, my hubby was waiting for me when I arrived home - I am always grateful that he is there to help me unload all my heavy bags at the end of a show. And then of course there's my sweet Penny who just lays there and watches all the commotion, then goes back to sleep! Next up: The San Diego Coinarama show July 13-14, then the ANA in Rosemont Chicago August 13-17!
  7. I apologize for this report coming late but as I mentioned on another thread, my hard drive got corrupted and had to be replaced. I have a great local small IT shop who have a couple of brilliant young guys who take care of any of my IT needs. Luckily, I didn't lose any of my photos or other information during the transfer to a bigger and better hard drive! So I had a nice easy flight from OC and arrived in a nice sunny Chicago! I always enjoy seeing the bright colorful lights over the underground walkway at O'Hare. I stayed at the Rennasaince which is connected to the convention center. It's a beautiful hotel and the staff is friendly and helpful. After I checked into my room, I had an appointment with another dealer to look at some coins. They were kind enough to give me a glass of wine while I was looking through their coins. It's a double pleasure to have a nice glass of wine while looking at Pretty pennies! The hotel has a great bar/restaurant area that is a central the gathering area for everyone. So after my appointment, I headed down to the bar/restaurant to have some dinner where I ran into my good friend, Mitch Ernest, President of CSNS, and his son Sam who is also on the CSNS board. Mitch and his entire family are some of the nicest, kindest, hardest working and most generous people I've ever met. While we were catching up, Mitch told me about a new Q. David Bowers award that CSNS was giving to numismatic professionals who were committed and dedicated to serving numismatics. I asked Mitch if I knew the person receiving this inaugural award so I could make sure to attend the ceremony to support that person. He said yes I knew them and recommended that I attend. So I was pretty excited since I guessed that Rick Snow would be receiving the award. After dinner, I went back to my room to prepare for an early set up the next day. The bourse was so clean and deserted before it opened to sponsors at 8 am and all other dealers at 9am. There was quite a crowd of dealers eager to go in and set up their booths. The usual dealers stopped by my table during set up to show me their newps. I was pleased to find some nice pennies to add to my inventory. These are all the coins I bought throughout the show. During set up, a dealer friend stopped by and showed me this old Avon Lincoln cent lip gloss holder. I hadn't seen one before, so I asked him how much he wanted for it but he told me it was a gift! Later that afternoon, I opened up a bottle of my favorite Rombauer Zinfandel that I had brought with me. After the show on Wednesday, we went to a local steakhouse for dinner, then it was off to the casino in Elgin! Thursday morning came way too early! I had an 8am Women in Numismatics board meeting. WIN is planning some special events for 2020 to help promote numismatics to more women (which happens to be the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote). We're calling it "The Year of Women in Numismatics" and are emphasizing how numismatics can enjoyable and interesting for everyone. We will have special presentations, raffles, and give aways at the FUN, CSNS, and WFM shows in 2020, and will be giving free WIN membership to all female YN's during the 2020 Summer Seminar. After our board meeting, we held our general meeting where Mitch Ernst gave a very interesting presentation on “Oscar Roty’s Marianne, ‘La Semeuse’ – France’s Symbol of Liberty.” Thursday was a pretty busy day, and I was pleased to have some decent sales. Also, it was great to see several forum members stopped by to say hi. Paul working the ANACS table with Jennifer from the ANA PCGS busy as usual! The bourse floor still pretty active later on Thursday afternoon After we left the show on Thursday, we went to Yu Mandarin, one of the best Chinese restaurants I've ever been to! We started out with 6 people, then I called the restaurant and added a couple more, and ended up calling the restaurant 3 times to increase our reservation. We finally ended up with 11 people - most were copper people, along with my foreign coin dealer friends. Starting from the left in front: Greg Hannigan, Chris McCauley and his wife Alice, Dino Koromvokis and his wife Lisa, Ron Mirr, Neil Ulrich, Karl Stephens and his wife Joanne, me, and Matt Chapman. We had a great time and, as you can see, the food was abundant and fantastic! After we got back to the hotel, I stopped into the bar where I ran into a lot of my fellow coin dealer friends. I stayed for one drink, then called it a night since my belly was full and I was running simply out of steam! Friday was a very slow day sales-wise for most everyone I spoke to. Luckily I had several people stop by who had questions about some coins they had which kept me somewhat busy. However, it can be hard telling folks that the "unique" and "amazing" penny they thought was worth a pot of gold was actually just some ordinary penny with a tiny die anomaly or post mint damage. By early afternoon, having finished/shared my Rombauer the day before, it was time to open the second bottle of wine I had brought with me. This bottle of Pessimist was a gift and I had no idea what it would be like but I was very pleasantly surprised how nice it was. Since everyone knew about the snow storm that was arriving on Saturday, we were all afraid our flights would be changed or cancelled, and some dealers decided to head out early Saturday to beat the storm. So Friday night we kept it low-key, and just had dinner at the bar with several friends. Also, I had to get up early again so I could make it to the awards ceremony to see Rick receive the Q. David Bowers award (so I thought!). Ron Sirna, Dino and Lisa, Rick and his son Kenny Saturday morning I headed to the CSNS awards ceremony where I was a few minutes late because I stopped to grab a cup of coffee and a banana so I sat in the back row. Right when I walked in I heard them describing the Q. David Bowers award that was newly established to honor a numismatic professional who had demonstrated dedication, commitment and service to numismatics. I know Rick has all those qualities and was just waiting for them to call his name, when instead I heard my name being announced. I just froze, my jaw dropped, and I became confused. I think I audibly gasped. I began walking up the aisle with the banana sticking out of my pocket so I quickly tossed it to Rick's son Kenny who was sitting on the aisle. I made my way up to the podium, still shocked and immediately started getting tears in my eyes. I think I made my dear friend Mitch speechless as well, so I just grabbed and hugged him in gratitude. He told me the decision to honor me with this award with Kevin Foley and his bourse committee. As I mentioned in Rick's thread about this award, Rick and Mitch had me completely bamboozled! I am deeply grateful and honored to have been given this award, but truly I wasn't alone in this venture into the wonderful world of numismatics - there were a lot of people who helped and mentored me along the way, including Rick. By the way, Rick also received a special award at the ceremony. He received the Mitch Ernst Sower Award which acknowledges Rick's service in sharing his love for numismatics and planting the seed in many people throughout his years as a numismatist. The awards ceremony also honored all those creative numismatists who spent a lot of years and time accumulating, researching, and preparing an educational exhibit to share with the rest of us. I understand that, in spite of the new $75 exhibitors donate to participate in the CSNS competitive exhibiting program, it was completely sold out with a waiting list of additional exhibitors wanting to participate. So after the ceremony, I went over to the exhibit area to see all these wonderful creations. Here are some of the ones I especially enjoyed. I also ran into Mitch who showed me their new CSNS tee shirt which he helped design! Around 10 am, the snow began falling pretty steadily and was accumulating on cars and surfaces, except on the road. Several dealers I knew already had their flights cancelled and had to rebook to leave on Sunday and Monday. My flight wasn't until 8pm Saturday night so I had my fingers crossed that the storm wouldn't be too bad by that time. After I head about the storm, on Friday I tried to rebook my flight but many flights on Sunday were already full, and my hotel was full for Saturday night as well. It was very nerve-wracking wondering whether or not I'd have to spend another night in Chicago and scramble for a hotel. But I had faith that O'Hare knew how to deal with snow and airplanes! Most likely due to the snow storm, Saturday was very light with not a lot of public at the show. So after continually checking my United app for flight updates, and having received no delay notifications, I left early for the airport with my fingers crossed. My other concern was, even if my flight was delayed by one hour, with the 11pm curfew that the John Wayne airport has, my flight would be diverted to LA and I would have to be bussed back to OC, but that would still be better than not getting to SoCal at all! So just before boarding, we found out our plane was diverted to another gate and they had to scramble to find a new plane, which they did pretty quickly. But then the plane had to be de-iced. So now I was scheduled to arrive in OC at 10:55pm, and that's exactly when we arrived in OC - wow, talk about cutting it close! My hubby is back in Mexico this week, yes, he's at the same NORRA 1000 race to Cabo where he broke his neck a few years ago. But he is no longer racing, instead, he's pitting and chasing for his buddy's team and loving every minute of it! But look who is always waiting for me when I get home! So all in all, even with this show being on the slower side sales-wise, I sold enough to pay the bills and it was still a good show for me - I was able to buy some nice pennies, spent time with some wonderful folks, had some great food and wine, saw some amazing exhibits, and even won an award! What more could a coin dealer ask for?!? Next up: Las Vegas Numismatic Society Show at the Palace Station (May 16-19), then Long Beach in June
  8. With all the harsh weather the east has been getting lately, and the several flight issues I had last year around this time, I was a little apprehensive about traveling to the Pittsburgh show. But I was very pleasantly surprised to find out I didn't even need to bring my heavy coat. The weather in Pittsburgh was beautiful, as was the city itself with the three rivers and those hundreds of very cool bridges. The convention center was also one of the more open, well lit and architectually eye appealing convention centers I've been to. Overall, the show itself was on the soft side, with slow sales and a lower public attendance. That being said, I don' think I've been in a more friendlier town than Pittsburgh! I left OC on Tuesday morning and, as usual, we flew out over the ocean before turning around and heading east. I never get tired of seeing the gorgeous Newport Harbor and the Orange County coastline from the air! I had a connection in Denver, and must say that the view from the air of the snowy Colorado mountains was equally as amazing as the California coastline! Flying from coast to coast, especially with a connection, is an all-day ordeal and leaves me drained at the end of the day. I finally arrived in Pittsburgh late Tuesday night, checked into my room, and went straight to bed. Set up was Wednesday at 1pm, so I slept in before heading over to the convention center. As I mentioned, the weather was beautiful and not too cold. I took this picture of the city from the walkway between the hotel and the convention center. This is the pristine looking convention floor before all the kaos of dealer set up began. You can see how light the room is from the glass ceiling architecture. The convention center is right on the river with some beautiful views of the river, bridges and the city. The convention center was a bit of a maze, especially if you were coming from the hotel over the walkway, but at least the ANA had a lot of signage throughout the convention center so it was easy to find where the show was. There was a large crown of dealers gathered around outside the door waiting to be let in. After I set up my booth, I went over to the ANA museum area to see the amazing rarities on display. Just before I left for the show, I acquired a complete registry set of MS64/65/66 brown Indian cents from one of my customers (including several key varieties). But I still had some specific coins I was looking for so, before I headed back to my table, I walked around show to see what other Pretty Pennies I could find. Also, throughout the afternoon, several of my favorite vest pocket dealers also stopped by to show me their "wares." And being a one-woman show, I very much appreciate it when dealers stop by my table and let me look through their boxes. When things died down later in the afternoon, I opened a bottle of my very favorite wine that I had brought with me, Rombauer Zinfandel. After the show ended on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists was hosting a wonderful dinner event at the LeMont restaurant, which included being entertained by the Washington Jazz Orchestra. They had a bus take everyone to the restaurant which is located up the hill overlooking the three rivers. It was a really fun evening, with great food, a raffle and silent auction, and several guest speakers including U.S. Mint Director David Ryder. This is me taking a picture of ANA photographer Rob Kelley taking pictures of the orchestra Me and Abe Lincoln! The silent auction items I was bidding on the Caramel Crown Royal and Cuban cigars but when it got to $400, I had to bow out! Guests Speakers Dennis Boggs/Abe Lincoln who gave a great Lincoln-esque talk, and U.S. Mint Director David Ryder who gave a very informative talk and also announced that the Mint had no plans to stop minting the U.S. penny - yay! Tom Uram, PAN President/ANA Governor Towards the end of the evening, they announced winning raffle numbers, and I was lucky enough to win this little 1/10th ounce gold coin! It's the very first gold coin I've ever owned! Winning this coin was icing on the cake of an already wonderful evening! Thursday the show opened to the public at 9:30am. I was pleased to have several folks stop by looking for pennies right off the bat! Thursday morning was my best selling day of the show! Also, I truly enjoyed chatting with several forum members who stopped by to say hi, and a few allowed me to take their picture for my show report. Jim/Kranky Ray/Raybob15239 Jeff/StrikeoutXXX (he stopped by on Friday) By early afternoon, the public thinned out and the show slowed down quite a bit There were several very interesting and creative exhibits by collectors in the Exhibit area. My favorite was this one by my friend Rod Gillis on Money of Monopoly. It included original stock certificates from the same businesses that are featured in the Monopoly game. Another interesting exhibit was about the History of Nursing on pins and medals After the show on Thursday, we went over to the Church Brew Works for dinner and drinks. According to Wikipedia, "The brewpub is located at 3525 Liberty Avenue in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The church building was originally built in 1902, and had been used as a church until 1993. Its doors opened as The Church Brew Works on August 1, 1996, after the building underwent extensive renovation, necessitated by years of lying dormant after being officially deconsecrated by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1993. In 2012, Pittsburgh Magazine named it one of the best breweries in Pittsburgh." In addition to the beautiful church architecture, the food and beer was delicious! Being half Polish, I grew up on perogies so I just had to try theirs and they were amazing! I also had a glass of their Quadroscope beer whih was slightly sweet and delicious! And we all split one of their signature raisen and apple bread puddings After we left the Church Brew Works, we headed over to the Rivers casino which was just across the river. We had a good time playing the Ultimate Texas Hold-Um game, and I was very happy that I ended up a few hundred dollars ahead by the end of the night! When I woke up on Friday, it was raining. This is the bourse floor before they let the dealers in The U.S. Mint was set up at the show - these were taken before the public was let in. They also set up a memorial library in honor of John Burns, a popular and beloved book dealer who passed away during a show a few years ago. Typically, the show was not as busy on Friday, with very moderate traffic. After the show on Friday, we headed over to Eddie V's for a steak/seafood dinner. Wow! What a wonderful dining experience we had there, with amazing food and a wonderful bottle of wine! The lobster bisque was so tasty, as was the seabass and the filet (covered with bernaise and crab). This very cool looking old building was right next to the restaurant. We also saw the peddle cars filled with folks peddling like crazy and having a blast cruising down the street! After dinner we headed over to the Ten Penny pub which we had heard about, so of course, we penny people had to check it out! Soon it was time to call it a night. On Saturday there were lots of families who came to the show, many of whom stopped by my table to ask about pennies they had found or inherited. Unfortunately, I had to advise most of them that the pennies they had wouldn't make them rich. However, a few people came by just to ask questions and learn about how to improve their collection. I gave them advice on learning to grade (I recommend "Making the Grade"), not cleaning their coins, don't buy damaged coins, etc. Several people asked me about some anomaly they found on one of their coins like a repunched mint mark, doubling, a die chip or crack, etc. For folks who like to do roll searching, I always recommnd the "Cherry Picker's Guide" to help them determine which types of varieties might be worth hunting for. One of the questions I get asked the most is what dates of coins should they be looking for that might be worth something. That's when I recommend they get "the Red Book" so they could determine which of their coins may be more valuable. Unfortunately (and unusually), there was no supply dealer at this show, so I advised these folks that they could find the books at Barnes & Noble or an online coin book website. Soon it was time to pack up and head to the airport and beging the long journey home. Bye bye Pittsburgh until August 2020 when we return for the ANA WFM! Hello my own sweet Pretty Penny! Next up: The Santa Clara Show next week, then Central States in Schaumberg the end of April!
  9. Star City Homer, it was very nice seeing you at the show. I've known Karl Stephens and his wife Joanne for many years. I was introduced to him by my mentor Alan Kreuzer when I very first started in the coin business, and since they live here in SoCal, we get together outside of coin shows when we can. We joined some of the same wineries in Temecula Valley and do wine tastings together as well. Karl finds me some of my Conder tokens too. Karl and Joanne are such great folks. USAuPz, Charlie explained about the letters and symbols but I found this information which explains it better than I can: In terms of markings, the Rooswijk bars are easy to decipher, but there is one mystery. At the top of the bar a large A announces the VOC Chamber (province) that issued the bar, in this case, Amsterdam. Immediately below the A we have the logo of the Dutch East Company, an interlocking set of three letters, VOC, standing for the Vereenigde OostIndische Compagnie. Next comes the unexplained item. In a small intaglio cartouche we see a rampant billygoat (geitebok) springing across a grassy plain. By Dutch law a silver ingot had to marked by the party responsible for refining it, so this must be the assayer's mark, although no Dutch assayer of the period owns up to the title of "Miijheer Willem Geitebok." Ongoing research by Dr. Arent Pol in the Netherlands may shortly disclose who "Mr Billy Goat" was.