Over the past few years I have attended many coin shows in
California that range from the large Long Beach Expo to the tiny
Visalia Coin Show, which has about 10 tables. Among them is my home
show, the Fresno Coin Show, organized by the Fresno Numismatic
With just over 30 tables the show, is not impressive in size.
When compared to the coin shows of the Bay Area or L.A. it does a
fraction of the business, but that is not what is important to me.
For myself, the show represents a homecoming. It is a chance to see
my whole club come together and work hard. After the work is done,
the event ran like clockwork.
With only one meeting a month, the coin show is as big of a
business event as it is a social event. While I did do a surprising
amount of business between the two dealers I was helping and my own
business, the social aspect was most important. I loved helping
members of my club find coins and examine what they had
Normally I see a few members at shows that require traveling,
but many were here and excited for the show. Many had saved up for
the year's big purchase and were happy to show it off after they
bought it. Many exhibits that members had spent countless hours
preparing were being shown for the first time. Seeing everyone at
once and so excited was a wonderful site.
This excitement is not exclusive to this show. Most clubs have a
coin show like this one, and although it may be small it is a
chance to meet new people from your area. Local coin shows need
people to attend to keep the dealers coming and for the shows to
These interactions can not happen over the Internet. Although it
is a powerful tool, the Internet is not a replacement for a coin
show. The personal element of interacting with dealers, the
learning, and the negotiations are best experienced in person. It
is a great opportunity to hold coins and see them in hand before
Local coin shows may be small in size, but they offer much