The December 2015 Greater Atlanta Coin Show ended the monthly shows for this year.
Amazing, time passed quickly this year as it seems only a few days ago that we opened the new year with the January show.
Thank you all for making each of the shows during the year both fun and busy.
Thank you to all the people who visited - some every month, some frequently and some just one or two times. You are all appreciated.
Thank you to the hotel staff for helping us each month with the room and services.
Thank you to Jim, our security, for keeping a watch for potential nefarious deeds.
Of course, thank you to our dealers for providing their displays of the many varieties of numismatics each month.
For December, the weather provided a warm day in the low 70s even with the calendar showing winter just a few days away.
The sky was mostly overcast with a few glimpses of sunshine throughout the day.
As for the hotel, people busily moved from one area to another with their holiday meetings.
In fact, we hurried to get out of our space in the late afternoon due to the hotel needing to prepare our room for Home Depot's holiday gathering that evening.
On the bourse, the aisles were busy with people looking for treasures, some perhaps for themselves and maybe a few as gifts as well.
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from December 2015
Several of our dealers talked of the Gallatin, TN show, at which they had set up during the couple of days just before the monthly show.
Many people at the show talked of the metals and speculated on their direction - up or down - in the near future.
However, all the crystal balls predicting the future are cloudy and unclear. In other words, it is all speculation; no one knows for sure what the metals will do.
Some people believe the metals will go lower over the next few weeks.
Other people believe the metals will turn around soon and go higher, much higher, than their peaks a couple of years ago.
Time will tell...
Several people came to the December show wanting to understand the value of their inheritance of coins, currency and bullion.
Each month, the dealers offer free verbal appraisals that allow people to determine if they want to spend, keep or sell their numismatics.
Why would someone want to spend their numismatic inheritance?
Well, some coins that people saved over the years, especially those that were common and circulated, have not appreciated above their face value.
On the other hand, some common, circulated coins have appreciated due to their metal content, that is, silver.
The dealers let people know which of their numismatic items have value and which are spendable.
As usual, the December dealers displayed many different coins, currency, bullion and collectibles among their showcases for the viewing, buying and trading pleasure of the visitors.
We end the year and wish each and everyone of you a safe and happy holiday season.
May the new year be prosperous and borrowing from Benjamin Franklin: Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better person.
Mark your calendars for the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, January 3, 2016 in the Joe Mack Wilson Ballroom.