The morning of the April coin show started with overcast skies. By early afternoon they started dropping their moisture as rain. But, what's the saying, "April showers bring May flowers?"
And, not only do the rain showers help the flowers, they also help wash away the yellow pine pollen that covers everything this time of the year.
With the rain, the temperatures stayed in the 60s, maybe kissing the low 70s - not quite as warm as the temperatures during the prior week.
But, it was a great day to visit a coin show. Here's a big thank you to all of the coin dealers that packed the bourse and to all of the people that visited the coin show.
This month, due to a space conflict, the coin show was held in the two adjacent rooms downstairs.
People visiting the coin show shared the hallways and lobby areas with the people attending the bakery trade show held not only in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom but in several of the other rooms as well.
As a result, several people brought items to sell to the dealers to help pay their taxes. Enough said.
Perhaps the biggest "heard on the bourse" discussion topic was the speculation about the metals, in particular gold and silver.
Just prior to the show, the metals dropped significantly on the commodities markets.
Of course, this scares some people into selling. Others, though, prefer to hold and to buy more.
As a little side story, a couple of our early (really early) coin dealers had to explain to some of the bakers that our rooms were set up for a coin show. It seems the bakers thought the rooms were theirs and attempted to keep the coin dealers from accessing the space. It helped that the hotel staff placed placards beside each doorway noting the coin show.
More and more dealers arrived early to fill every table in each of the two rooms. In addition, the supplies dealer set up shop in the lobby area just outside the rooms. He used the two stationary tables, the additional tables and his merchandise racks to make a small shop filled with the collectible supplies and wares.
Being April 14th, the show was the day before the dreaded tax day. This year there wasn't a day or two's reprieve in filing taxes like in the last couple of years.
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from April 2013
As part of the discussion, the dealers describe how difficult it is to find and keep available the gold and silver for their customers to buy.
One would think if the commodities market is being flooded with sales - enough to depress the price - that the physical product would be easy to find.
That's not the case. The commodities market deals in "paper" or electronic transactions; whereas the average Joe (or Josephina) wants physical gold and silver they can see and hold.
That physical gold and silver continues to be more and more difficult to find and obtain.
As a result, people visiting the bourse showed lots of interest in bullion silver and gold.
Our dealers still offer collectible numismatics, too. In fact, there's a wide variety.
For example, the hotel also hosted a wedding, and one of the wedding guests proudly showed off an ancient coin he purchased at the coin show.
Other displays included interests from the ancients to the colonial to the modern era coins; jewelry from beautifully handmade to collectible antique watches; collectible paper from currency to stock certificates and financial papers to name just a few highlights.
Next month's coin show should be just as interesting as the metals markets continue their odd behavior and the dealers continue to display their wide numismatic varieties.
Mark your calendar and make plans to visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, May 19, 2013 to buy, sell and browse the wide variety of numismatic and collectible items.