As usual, the coin dealers on the bourse offered a variety of collectibles. In this year of the 150th anniversary of the start of the civil war, several dealers provided actual civil war coins and collectibles in addition to the more modern civil war commemoratives from the US Mint. Plus, for the first time this year, the new 2011 proof silver American eagle coins could be found on the bourse. Many other collectibles, some rare and others not as much, were displayed for the curious and for the treasure hunters.

As a visitor to the show, if you saw vegetables and fruit at the coin dealers' tables, they are not changing businesses. Southern home gardens are producing an abundance, and several dealers brought some of their bounty to share with other dealers. Nothing compares to a home grown vegetable even if you didn't grow it yourself.

On a different note, one gentleman who drove quite a distance to visit the coin show was perturbed that some dealers left before the show's closing time of 5:00 pm. We are sorry that he was upset. As a result, we will continue to reiterate our caution to coin show attendees: the bourse chair insures the coin show stays open until 5:00 pm, but each dealer, based on their own business and personal needs, determines when they need to leave the show. Coin show visitors should arrive early to find the most dealers and the best variety.

We appreciate all of you who attend the show, whether you attend out of curiosity, you are a fledgling numismatist just learning the hobby or you are a collector or investor with many years of experience. We hope each of you enjoyed your visit and are intrigued enough to attend another coin show.

Mark your calendars for the next monthly coin show on Sunday, August 14, 2011 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

As with every Sunday, a church held their services downstairs. People also observed players in baseball uniforms in and around the hotel. In addition, we saw potential conference center customers reviewing the hotel's space for their upcoming requirements including a future bride and her mother.

Back to the new folks for a minute, an archivist from the Marietta Catholic Parish visited the coin show. During part of her visit, she viewed widow's mites at one coin dealer's table. From the Bible, the widow cast two mites into the treasury for God, and Jesus explained to his disciples that she cast more than all the other riches combined because she cast all she had. [The story of the widow's mites can be found in the King James Version of the Bible in Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4.]
It was a hot day - not unbearable, but hot nonetheless. Though isolated thundershowers were in Sunday's forecast, rain didn't arrive to cool the temperatures. That's okay; it was a great day for a coin show as evidenced by the busy bourse.

Here's a huge welcome along with a big thank you to the people behind the many new faces seen at the July coin show. For instance, a granddad and grandson searched for the perfect 1970 small date penny to add to a collection. In another example, a couple from Virginia stopped by and shared that he started collecting in 1959. Plus, there were several people just beginning their numismatic interests, looking for specific items, asking questions and learning as they went along.

Of course, we had regular attendees and guests we see infrequently at the coin show too.

All of you are welcome. We appreciate your attendance, and we are glad you visited the coin show.

Our facility had lots of other people as well. The tennis courts opposite the conference center had players sweating in the heat. Nearby, Brumby Hall hosted a wedding with the subsequent reception held in the hotel.
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from July 2011