Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Fugio1, Feb 26, 2022.
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There is a Days Inn nearby with reasonable rates where many dealers and attendees stay. Despite the city's gritty reputation, I rather like Baltimore. The shows are not far behind the ANA shows in scale with a good selection of ancients.
@dltsrq I had heard of the Baltimore show on this forum. Thanks for confirming its likelihood of having a good presence of ancients.
Of course prices are higher now and my favorite lower end dealers are less likely to be there than the ones for which the high table prices are no problem. The hobby is changing. Baltimore is, too. Try to attend Friday. Some dealers pack up and leave Saturday afternoon.
There is a whole section of ancient and foreign coin dealers, BUT, you can find ancients at a few other dealers in the “U.S.” sections!! Just ask. They won’t be offended…and you may find a few pleasant surprises.
I last attended in 2014. With the pandemic, it's hard to make predictions. There is a dealer list link at the site which should be available 30 days out. https://expo.whitman.com/dealer-list/
Shhhhh, Don't let my secret out!
Florida United Numismatists, Inc., is hosting the 16th Annual Summer FUN Convention in Orlando Florida, July 7 - 9 2022. The convention will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, 9400 Universal Drive in Hall SA1.
And tiptoeing around verboten subjects, but it's necessary to ask; do all require a certain medication? With the easing of such things in a lot of cities, I'd imagine that the shows are less restrictive to get into.
I ask, not to stir up any controversy, but no point in going if I can't get in. I haven't been to a coin show since around 2011.
I attended the Baltimore show for many years when I was dealer and for years after that. I went to fill want lists for customers and add to my inventory.
The pandemic and the crime problem have changed all of that. My wife used to tour the "safe" parts of the city and ride the "CHARM BUS," but she won't go any more because of the crime problem. It's a darn shame because Baltimore has really made an effort to make the city attractive with a great convention center and the sports stadiums. It's too bad that a comparatively small number of violent thugs that ruin it for everyone.
The Winter FUN show was really good when it did not conflict with the New York International show. The January 2020 show was especially good for me because I met some London dealers who had coins I could not find elsewhere.
I wish that that the two shows were could work out a way not to conflict with each other. I won't got to New York City any more because of the expense and the crime factor. I used to go regularly in the 1970s, which was bad time for crime, when I lived in Northern New Jersey. Now it's different.
Most of the sensationally violent crimes that have occurred lately have happened late at night, a large percentage of them on deserted subway platforms or staircases, and unfortunately, an even larger percentage committed by homeless men. I admit that I no longer ride the subways after 10 pm or so unless I'm with a group of people, and don't go out much at all that late at night except in my immediate neighborhood. You're really not in much danger in the "good" neighborhoods in the daytime, or anyplace where there are lots of people around. And you can always call a Lyft. Things felt more dangerous to me back in the early 1970s, when I was in my mid-teens and had to take care to avoid certain exits in certain subway stations, even in the middle of the day -- and avoid certain stations altogether -- because there were always groups of young guys waiting to mug anyone who looked vulnerable. One of my most vivid memories, from about 1970 or 1971, is of being chased down a subway platform on my way home from school by a guy who emerged from behind a pillar with an open switchblade and a bandanna pulled up below his eyes, like a 19th-century stagecoach robber. Fortunately, I ran a lot faster back then than I do now, and he didn't catch me. I didn't even bother mentioning it to my parents. I didn't want them to get all upset.
The trouble is, when someone is murdered in Times Square, which happened not that long ago, it makes the national news.
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