By Steve Carr
My blog is a little late this week. Jim and I were at the ANA National Money Show in Dallas, TX. The ANA has two shows a year, the National Money Show in the spring and the World’s Fair of Money in late summer.
ANA shows are always fun. The bourse floor is huge and often takes a couple of days to walk through. On your walks around the bourse floor, you get to see some of your favorite dealers (if you have any), look at lots of coins, see fantastic exhibits, and enjoy the companionship of other collectors.
I had the opportunity to judge exhibits at the show this year. Exhibits are a must see if they are at a show. The exhibitor explores one coin, medal, or currency topic, then explains the topic and shows some examples of these items. There were exhibits at this show that covered European cathedral medals, leper colony tokens, medieval French coins, and Hawaiian lunch tokens, to name just a few. I learned quite a bit about all these topics, reading the exhibit. It doesn’t matter if I ever collect the displayed items; it is neat to learn about some new numismatic topics.
The prices on the bourse coins seemed high. But if you were diligent, you could find some neat items at more reasonable prices. We bought a bag of over 300 Barber dimes, several Hard Times tokens, an Isle of Mann ½ penny from 1831, and a couple of $2 ½ gold coins.
There were also some really neat coins that you could examine, like an 1804 silver dollar, a 1913 liberty head nickel and an 1822 $5 gold coin. Just being able to see these coins in person was almost worth the trip to Dallas.
If you have never attended a large coin show, I would encourage you to attend one. Our trip was a lot like a vacation, where we visited with friends (who we see once or twice a year) and got to see some really neat coins!