The Joys of Collecting column from the Nov. 28, 2016, Weekly issue
of Coin World:
Although in this era of virtual reality and the Internet the world
is at my fingertips on a computer screen in my office, I enjoy going
to coin shows now and again.
Among my favorites are the three Whitman Coin Expos held at the Baltimore
Convention Center in November, March and June.
I have a vested interest in these, in a way, as Christine Karstedt
and I facilitated the purchase of these shows from Gordon Berg and Ed
Kuzmar a decade or so ago. The purchaser was Whitman
Publishing, with which I have enjoyed being connected for many years.
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Do you know that Whitman has published over 300 new numismatic
titles in the past 15 years? And to the hobby’s benefit.
I was at the most recent Expo from Nov. 2 to 4. Mary Burleson,
president of Whitman, told me the bourse occupying three large halls
in the convention center was completely sold out.
Bowers Galleries auction was a success, with particular strength
in tokens, medals and early American coins. The Colonial Coin
Collectors Club, or C4, had its annual meeting, which was a
success as well.
On Nov. 4 the Smithsonian Institution hosted an invitational
luncheon with David K. Allison representing the National Numismatic Collection.
Anyone compiling a Who’s Who in American Numismatics could have
taken a lot of notes! Among the luminaries were Deputy Mint Director
Rhett Jeppson, executive director of the American Numismatic
Association Kim Kiick, and a host of leading dealers and
collectors who belong to the Friends of the Smithsonian Institution.
I sat between my dealer friend Julian Leidman and ANA President Jeff
Garrett, my co-author of a forthcoming Whitman book on the National Numismatic Collection.
I must not forget to mention that the Smithsonian provided
“exhibits” of three items: two $10,000 small-size gold certificates
and the unique Judd-1917 1907 Saint-Gaudens $20 pattern of double
thickness and with the diameter of a $10 coin.
Let me conclude by saying that you should check out the Smithsonian
collection on the Internet or, better yet, visit in person. You will
have a memorable experience!