“You Might Be A Major US Coin Show If…”

The folks over at Atlas Numismatics put together this amusing list aptly titled “You Might Be A European Coin Show If…”  that revealed some similarities and a lot of differences between European and US coin shows.  It inspired me to put together a list of what it’s like at a major US coin show using the same premises.  Go take a look at Atlas Numismatic’ awesome post, then read on below and see if you can spot any differences.


You Might Be A Major U.S. Coin Show If…


1.  Row upon row of exposed florescent bulps nearly blind you each and every morning.


2.  There are private security guards by the “high rollers” that look like Secret Service agents complete with clear earpieces subtly tucked into the collars of their suits.  They never, ever crack a smile.  Ever.


3.  The coffee at the snack stand set up inside the show itself is burnt to a crisp, always.  Unless there is a name-brand kiosk set up somewhere, avoid this stuff like the plague.


4.  Doors open to dealers at 8am, to the public at 10am.  Each morning the cycle of traffic begins anew, rolling on in waves …


One minute you feel like this,


Then an hour later you look around and wonder what happened.


… until the next wave hits and the cycle repeats.

5.  Coins are rarely priced, and even if by some miracle they are they must be constantly adjusted for wholesale instead of retail.  Typical scenario: you go to a dealer’s table, pick out a bunch of things, and then go back to your own booth to wait hours (or days) for your selection to be priced.


6.  You will have at least one conversation with a member of the public where they inform you that they don’t like how dark and dingy and “old” your coins look, and that’s why they always scrub up all of their purchases until they’re bright and shiny.


7. A few dealers will pop their wine and beer bottles open at their tables around 4pm and kindly share with their friends.


8.  “Various shady characters are busy explaining to dealers that they would like to offer half of melt value for rare [United States] gold coins.”


9. There are far more Hawaiian shirts than there are suits.  Mostly the atmosphere is “casual to business casual”, with a sprinkling of formal attire up by the front entrance.


10.  “You find that über-rarity you have been searching for the last decade.”









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