F.U.N. Show — A Flurry of Activity & a Hot Market
Posted on 1/1/2005
The F.U.N. show proved to be a hurricane-like whirlwind of activity this year, with high attendance, a great mix of dealers, and nearly constant lines at the NGC booth. Dealers and collectors from the cold and snowy parts of the country were greeted with warm weather and a hot coin market.
The F.U.N. show, which is hosted by the Florida United Numismatist, is always one of the biggest shows of the year. The year the show was held at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center from Jan 13th through 16th.
"This was probably the busiest F.U.N. show I have ever attended," commented Sarah Martin of NGC. "We were busy talking to dealers and collectors, accepting submissions and handing back show grading submissions nearly non-stop the entire show."
The volume of business is a clear sign that the coin market is still booming. "We saw lots of activity in all areas of the market, from type coins to modern, U.S. and World Coins as well as tokens and medals," says Scott Heller, NGC Director of Operations.
In addition to the brisk business of submissions at the NGC and NCS table, three exhibits proved popular with the collectors and dealers. At the NGC booth attendees could view first hand the BRS Legend Collection of matte proof and satin proof gold dated 1908 to 1915.
The BRS collection was described by most who examined it as "simply amazing," with its 32 proofs of phenomenal quality. Among the highlights from the collection are 1909 and 1910 half eagles grading Proof 67* and the truly remarkable 1912 matte proof double eagle that grades Proof 68*.
Also at the NGC booth was an exhibit of the many types of U.S. and World Coins, tokens and medals that NGC certifies along with the various certification products currently offered by NGC. Along side the single coin holder, visitors could view NGC's Multi-coin holder, GSA certification, Photo Proof and Photo Certificates, and numerous publications including the Modern Coin Grading Guide and VarietyPlus Guide. Another popular publication at the table was the new "Numismedia Price Guide."
In the exhibit section of the bourse floor, there were quite a few well-presented collections of coins. One of the nicer ones, in our opinion, was a collection of NGC certified Norse American Medals.
For Mark Salzberg, NGC's Chairman, one of the highlights of the show was the remarkable Brasher Doubloons. "Even after all these years in the coin business, you can't help but get excited when you are looking at coins as rare and important as those two doubloons. They are amazing," said Salzberg.
The doubloons were part of "The Gold Rush Collection," which was presented by Heritage Numismatic Auctions. The first specimen was the 1742 dated Lima Style Doubloon "Discovery Specimen" in NGC XS40. The second specimen was the 1787 Brasher Doubloon with "EB" punch on wing in NGC AU55. These two pieces garnered a lot of attention during the auction and subsequently on the bourse floor by local television news media.
Next year the F.U.N. Show, which is held in January will be held at the Orlando Convention Center.
Upcoming shows that NGC will be attending include the invitation only Trade and Grade in Las Vegas and the always busy, Long Beach Coin and Collectibles show held Feb 24th through 27th at the Long Beach Convention Center in California.
NGC will offer on-site grading the first couple of days of the shows. So if you have coins you want graded, we highly recommend arriving early.
For an up-to-date list of the shows that NGC will be attending, visit NGC's online events page.