As the Central States Numismatic Society preps for it’s 76th annual
convention in Schaumburg, Illinois, Coin World will take you
through the ins-and-outs of all things CSNS. The show will include a
full slate of activities for dealers, collectors, and numismatists
alike. We will break down each event over a series of posts that will
cover everything you need to know.
This year’s installment will be held April 22 to 25 at the
Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. The busy
schedule includes a suite of auctions by Heritage, educational
presentations and hundreds of dealers.
About the 300-booth bourse floor, show General Chairman Kevin Foley
wrote in the CSNS quarterly publication The Centinal, “One thing that
we strive for is to have a mix of dealers in our convention bourse so
that our attendees can find items available for sale for less than a
monthly mortgage payment, or in many instances the price of a pretty
spiffy new car or a home that might be the envy of what President
Theodore Roosevelt referred to as ‘malefactors of great wealth.’ ”
Foley added that CSNS works hard to make sure that its annual show
is relevant, despite challenges. He notes, “Not the least of these
challenges is the growth of Internet-based transactions as well as
long-term wage stagnation in the traditional middle-class base of the
numismatic collector market.”
A Full Schedule
While the show opens to the public on Thursday, April 23, there is
an Early Bird/Professional preview that starts at 1 p.m. on April 22,
with a $100 registration fee. The show, which is free to attend, opens
to the public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 23. Additional info can be
On April 23, at 9 a.m., Women in Numismatics will feature a program
by Alan Mincho, director of currency auctions at Heritage. At 10 a.m.
Robert Higgins, CEO of the Argent Group LLC, will lead a presentation
titled “Numismatic and Hard Assets Investment Symposium.”
Book signings throughout the show include Allan Schein, promoting
his book Mexican Beauty: Belleza Mexicana; Neil Shafer, who will be
signing Panic Scrip of 1893, 1907 and 1914; and Robert I. Girardi, who
will be signing his books Gettysburg in Art and Artifacts and The
Civil War Generals: Comrades, Peers, Rivals — In Their Own Words.
On Friday, April 24, at 8:30 a.m., Kathy McFadden and David
Crenshaw, director and chief operating officer respectively for the
Industry Council for Tangible Assets, will provide a legislative
update on state and national laws affecting the industry.
At 9 a.m., the Liberty Seated Collectors Club will meet, and
the CSNS will host its membership meeting at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 25 starts at 7:30 a.m. with the CSNS annual awards
breakfast. At 8 a.m., Gary Knaus will speak on “Operation Choke Point
and the Top Ten Reasons to Have an Anti-Money Laundering Program.”
At noon CSNS will host a Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic. At 1 p.m.,
Coin Club will host Bob Evans, presenting on “Radiating Sun: The
First United States Money Made in California — $50 Gold.”
A treasure hunt for young numismatists is scheduled between 1 p.m.
and 3 p.m.
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