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31 Mar 2019

A Day At the NMS

National Money Show | It's Mokie

The weather was fine, despite a forecast of some rain, the walk from the trolley station to the convention center was pleasant, and the National Money Show turned out to be all that I expected. As many of you are aware, I had signed on as a volunteer for Saturday but knew the heavy lifting would be at the end of the show, when we had to pack up our considerable amount of PAN stuff for storage, until the next PAN show in May. So, I had duties to be sure, helping out at the exhibits area, manning the PAN booth, and walking the show in my ANA Ambassador shirt to answer questions and to point people toward the museum exhibit where one could view, among many other items, a 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, an 1804 Dollar, a 1933 Eagle (one of about 20 legal to own), and the fantastic 1943 Bronze Cent. Just interacting with the attendees is the absolute best part of volunteering. I especially enjoyed interacting with YNs and their Parents as they came to our PAN booth during their treasure hunt. We were question #1 on their form, "What was the first year the United States produced coins?" The possible answers were 1776, 1793, 1804, or 1812. I probably assisted about 15 Juniors with their form and with a wee bit of coaching, they were all able to get their first question correct. Our PAN booth had a big box of foreign coins and each YN was able to choose two coins as soon as they got the correct answer. Seeing their eager faces and their happy parents, made the whole volunteering experience worth much more to me than it probably did to them.

But volunteering was not what it was all about, I also had a want list and was determined to find, a NGC slabbed 1918 Lincoln Illinois, a raw 1925 Canadian Cent for my Whitman folder, and an NGC slabbed NO-VDB Cent, 1909-1917. So many temptations along the way, I could have easily blown my entire budget before I even spotted any of my wanted items, but I persevered and finally found the 1918 Lincoln, in MS65, with a CAC Bean to boot. Now that particular purchase pretty much blew my budget but luckily I had already had an offer accepted for the 1925 Canadian Cent, from EBAY, that same morning. I never did find the Slabbed NO-VDB, but they are plentiful on EBAY and I will buy it soon. At the urging of a PAN member, I bought a book on all things Lincoln and finally, I saw something that brought waves of nostalgia to my collector heart, it was the SILVER STORY with Silver Certificate, Morgan Dollar, Peace Dollar, and Silver Flakes for a price I could not pass up, so I took the last of my budget and bought it too.

Freebies were a little scarce on that final day of the Con, political campaigning for the ANA Board was occurring so I got a very nice token from Mr. Donald Kagin, he is running for ANA President, and I also received a poker chip issued by Mr. Thomas Uram, who is running for ANA VP. Both men spent some time talking with my partner and I at the PAN booth, I like their enthusiasm for the Hobby and I also like their can-do attitudes.

Finally, I got a free book, very thick, about Civil War Tokens and other misc. magazines and what not. Best day Ever? No, but a great one nonetheless, I cannot wait for May when my home club, PAN, hosts their spring show and I really cannot wait until August of 2020 when ANA returns to Pittsburgh.

PS-I forgot to mention in my initial post that I got to meet and shake hands with one of my Numismatic Idols, the Great Cliff Mishler. I told him how much I admired his writing over the years and I only wished I had asked to take a picture with him.


Comments

A.J.

Level 4

good job! that Illinois centennial was an awesome deal.

RPSeitz

Level 4

I was at the show on Friday. I purchased 70 Mercury Dimes to just about complete my collection, with the exception of the very expensive 1916 D. I also got to meet Harlan Berk, Author of The 100 Best Ancient Coins. I purchased his book and he also gave me some great advice on collecting Ancient Coins. I then purchased 10 Roman Era Coins. I wish I would have known you were at the PAN Booth. I would have introduced myself.

It's Mokie

Level 6

I was their Saturday only, I have to homeschool my Daughter during the week. But, when August 2020 roles around, she will be in a regular school and I will be free to help out the whole time. (: PS-Sounds like you had an EXCELLENT Con!!!!

It's Mokie

Level 6

One general observation, the PCGS Slabs being sold, seemed to outnumber the NGC slabs by at least 5 to 1. It kind of surprised me, but maybe it shouldn't. That's one reason I had difficulty finding my Lincoln Illinois, there were just a very small handful of NGC slabbed commemoratives available.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Good Times! I may have to drive to Pittsburgh in 2020 for the WFM, we'll see.

CoinLady

Level 6

You certainly got the most out of the show. Good time!

PastorK7354

Level 4

What an awesome report. Thank you.

Sounds like such an amazing day. good job not blowing your entire budget on one item. It is tempting sometimes if you see a beautiful coin. Can't wait until 2020!

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Sounds like a great time. With everything going on in my world there was no way I could get to Pittsburgh. I will be in Chicago for the WFM in August.

"SUN"

Level 6

Sounds like a great time. It is great that you are able to attend.

Mike

Level 7

Good for you and thanks for helping out. You are truly deicated. Great coin I new it. Enjoy it I love mine. You did well. I wish I could of been there. pat

Teacher Brian

Level 3

So great, such a service-oriented attitude, along with above-average self-discipline focusing on your want list, haha! That Lincoln coin is truly beautiful, too, and even the certification number is super-cool! Way to go. :-)

Longstrider

Level 6

Very cool. Those are some nice pick ups. Thanks for telling us about two of our candidates. I too have met Dr. Kagin. Seems like a nice guy with lots of experience. It is great that you helped out. Especially with the kids. Thanks for all you did.

Kepi

Level 6

Sounds like you had a great time! Glad you found something on your want list ; ) I know there can be lots of flash that can be distracting. haha I'm looking forward to a Las Vegas Coin Show in May. I'll be making a list too ; ) Fun blog!

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