By John and Nancy Wilson, ANA National Volunteers
The Ocala Coin club http://www.ocalacoinclub.com held their 35th Annual Coin Show on February 1 – 3, 2018 at the Motel 6 Conference Center in Ocala, FL. We want to thank the Ocala Coin Club Show Chairman Rich Selvar, Club President Mark Trout and the officers and members for providing a table for the American Numismatic Association ANA – www.money.org Once again we had a great table at the entrance to the convention and we were able to renew or sign up about ten members. Thanks to Dealer David Jones, DJs Locker, LLC, from Crystal River, FL for making a $25, 501© (3) donation to ANA for the shipment of the coin show kit.
This location is great for the OCC show with lots of hotels and restaurants located within a mile or two. The Conference center is very easy to find and located just a few blocks from I-75. It is also well-lit and has plenty of free parking. Seventy-two dealers occupied the 50 tables that were set-up. Show security was outstanding and no problems were reported. Attendance for the three-day event was 936. It helps that the show is well advertised in numismatic publications and local newspapers. The club also sends out 500 post cards to people who registered at the previous years show. The show featured free admission, wooden nickels, hourly silver coin prizes, an all gold raffle, free coins for kids and a literature table full of various numismatic publications and periodicals. On Saturday John Miller represented Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America – CONECA at a table next to the ANA. Several people who came to the show brought error coins for him to look at and give opinions on.
The food vendor had free coffee for the workers up until 10:00 AM. The food they serve is always great and reasonably priced. The club had over 28 members assisting at registration and raffle sales. Many of them helped with set-up and breakdown. The show is already sold out for next year’s event. The club is a 50+ year member of the ANA and is a member of the Florida United Numismatists – FUN www.funtopics.com. We look forward to next year’s Ocala Coin Club show which will be held in this same location on February 7, 8 and 9, 2019. Thanks again, John and Nancy Wilson ANA National Volunteers