Coin Shows 4

If you are new to coin collecting, or have been collecting for decades, a coin show could benefit you. Coin shows bring local and distant dealers together to sell their coins to the public.

The picture above is from the New Hampshire Coin show in November, 2016. It is one of the biggest coin shows in New England. If you live in New England, I suggest you check out this coin show in May or November of each year.

Here are a few reasons I suggest you attend coin shows:

Coin shows can help you fill holes or complete sets

Let’s say you are working on a Jefferson Nickel collection, but haven’t seen any of the 1938 nickels out in change or coin rolls. There are some dealers that have binders full of Jefferson nickels and can help you get those nickels.

I personally went to the New Hampshire Coin Show in November, 2016 looking for one particular coin, a Proof-67 1942-P Silver Proof Jefferson Nickel certified by NGC. This was because I had built a Wartime Nickel collection, which is 11 silver nickels minted from 1942 and 1945. I collected all of them in MS-67 condition and thought it would nice to include the only Proof Silver Jefferson Nickel minted, the 1942-P. I walked to the different dealer tables and found four silver proofs in NGC slabs. The first one didn’t have a grade because only half of the obverse had a mirror image. The second one was a Proof-65, but I was determined to get a higher grade. The third was a Proof-66. It looked real nice and I considered getting this one, but the dealer wanted a little more than it was worth.  I told him I may come back, but there was still a row of table I hadn’t looked through yet.  So, I walked down that row, asking dealers who had coins similar to what I was looking for if they had the proof in the condition I was looking for today. I almost gave up hope when I saw on one table the one coin I was looking for, the 1942-P Silver Proof Jefferson Nickel in Proof-67 in an NGC Slab. I asked the dealer if I could look at it. It was perfect, to me anyway. I knew I wasn’t going to do any better as the highest grade was Proof-68 that would go for over $2000, if you could find it. I definitely didn’t see one at the show. Anyway, I asked the dealer how much he wanted for it. It turned out he only wanted $30 more than the Proof-66 I saw previously. Good thing I waited because I could had ended up with a coin in lower condition than what I wanted.

You’ll see things that you won’t normally see

I remember around 25 years ago when I went to a big coin show in Boston. It was here where it would be the first time I would see bright and shiny 1909-S VDB and 1914-D Lincoln Cents. It is not every day you would see these coins, let alone in MS-65.

There are coins that you will see at coin show, that you may only see in books or magazines. I’ve seen coins that I may never own personally, like proof Twenty Cent pieces or Gobrecht dollars, but are cool to look at up close.

You can learn from Coin Shows

Some of the bigger coin shows will have lectures that may help you know more about the coins you collect. When I went to the New Hampshire Coin Show in November, 2016, I attended lectures on Carson City Seated Liberty Dollars, Barber Coin Errors and the Fugio Cent, which some consider the first United States coin. Not only can you learn from the lectures, but also from the coin dealers. If you ask to look at a particular coin, the dealer can give you information about that coin that you may not had known about. It sometimes fun to hear dealers talk who had been collecting for a long time.

Check out Coin Shows

Whether you go to small monthly shows locally or go to some of the bigger shows in Baltimore or Long Beach, there is a lot to find out there and a lot to learn from others.

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4 thoughts on “Coin Shows

  • Emrah Yalpur

    Wow, I’m so happy I stumbled accross your site!

    My little nephew is into collecting coins and I was searching online to see if I can get him a little surprise.

    I’ve never taken him to a Coin Show, I’m going to search if there’s one available in my home city, I never even thought of it before visiting your site.

    Can I ask you, what year is it before the federal reserve started creating money? I would love to find some coins that was the real american currency before the federal reserve started creating the US currency. Do you know what year I should be looking for?

    P.S. Was it the year JFK was assasinated that the Federal Reserve came in or was years after that?

    Thank you!


    • Kevin Post author

      I hope that your nephew will enjoy my site. I’ve been off for the past couple of months working on websites, but hope to continue this.

      The Federal Reserve goes back to Woodrow Wilson in 1913. They’re the ones that deal with banks and print the US paper money. They played a big role with US banks during the Great Depression of 1929 and the recent recession. Before 1933, silver and especially gold were the standard in the US, but after the reserve closed banks, paper money became the norm.

      When JFK was in office, the government was running low on silver. So, silver was taken off of most coins in 1965 except for Kennedy Half Dollars, which were reduced from 90% to 40% silver until 1970.

  • Carmen

    There is a lot of information the grading to the collecting suggestions, that’s more than a lot of websites do, I collect coins I have numerous old coins, but my husband is the one who gets on the internet and actually looks them up and half the time he never finds what he’s looking for. This might be the website I need to guide my him to. I will definitely bookmark your site. your very knowledgeable on the subject.

    • Kevin Post author

      Thanks for the comment Carmen. That’s great that both you and your husband collect coins. I hadn’t been able to post for a few months, but hope to restart this blog. With the nickel that I spoke about in the post, I looked for it on Ebay. Found a couple of posts but were priced higher than I wanted to spend. The one I found at the coin show cost me almost $50 less than what I saw on Ebay. It doesn’t always work out like that, but sometimes I prefer get it from a dealer face to face than someone trying to sell it online.

      Hope you and your husband continue to like my site.