Today, with the first (faint) signs of spring, took place the first coin show of the season in the area where I live in central Germany, the Wiesbaden German-American Coin Club Show. This is a show which was started in the early 60's when quite a few American military personnel lived in the area, stationed at the nearby USAF and USArmy Bases of Rhein-Main, Wiesbaden, and Erbenheim. Nowadays, the name of the coin club remains, even if 95 % of the military personnel have moved out, and the show is now mainly attended by German dealers and collectors from the area.
My son and I eagerly awaited at the door punctually at 9:00 a.m when the show started, and were not dissapointed: about 30-40 dealers had set-up, and there was plenty to look at. Here are some pictures of the show. You will notice the average age of the dealers and collectors is well past 60.....except of course for my son (and myself).
I toured the tables looking for American coins, early 1800's german state coinage, or Roman coins of interest. There was very little american material, except for the inevitable Morgans, and was offered a lot of about 40 Morgans and Ikes, and assorted other modern U.S for about 20 Euros per coin. I passed on that since i am not interested in those. However, I did find a dealer who had some interesting U.S notes from 1890-1910. Since i know nothing about those, i passed on them as well, but will post pictures of them separarately; maybe there is something interesting there that i can pick up later from the dealer, whose name i noted.
In general, I did not notice any softening of prices, and the bargaining was hard. This is very usual here. The dealers were however sticking mostly to their stickered prices, and offering only small discounts. I was kinda hoping that with the hard times good deals where to be had, but not so at this show. So I had to pass on a couple of interesting talers and minor coinage which seemed interesting, but the price was not.
What i did find however were 3-4 dealers selling Ancients, and spent most of the time with them. Here are two of the coins which i found - A sestertius of Commodus (the bad guy from the Gladiator movie) with Hercules on the reverse carrying a club. Also, a Denarius of Domitian as Caesar, with an intereresting reverse. I managed to get those two for what i thought were very reasonable prices from a dealer who was closing his business, and had a very nice time discussing ancient coins with the dealers.
All in all a nice show, and already looking forward to the next!
Hope you enjoyed this.