It's not quite spring on the calendar, but visitors to the March Greater Atlanta Coin Show enjoyed a beautiful spring-like day. The temperature rose to the low 70s with sunshine and soft breezes for most of the day.
We appreciate all of the coin dealers and all of the people who visited the March coin show.
Several people visited looking for specific dealers. Others visited looking for the dealers that shared their specific interests. Still others came to look at the treasures hoping to find one that appealed to them.
Of course, the spring-forward time change challenged people, too. The lost hour keeps people a little out of sync for the first day and a few days afterward.
Through 2025, the March Daylight Saving Time change schedule is the second weekend. Since we try to hold monthly coin shows on the second Sunday, when possible, our March show coincides with the time change.
No worries, though, neither coin dealers nor visitors allowed a little hiccup like a lost hour time change to keep them from the coin show.
We do tend to focus more on coins, but people find a large variety of paper money (currency) at the coin show. For example, currency from specific banks can be rare and valuable. Dealers at the show offer a range from the less rare to the more obscure bank notes.
Bullion continues to be ever popular. Among the dealer community, people complain that physical gold and silver are difficult to find and keep in stock.
At Sunday's show, a variety of silver bullion was on display including 1-ounce, 5-ounce, 8-ounce, 10-ounce and 100-ounce silver rounds and bars.
One 8-ounce round used Adolph Weinman's Walking Liberty design. The US Mint did not distribute this round, but the collectible shows the beauty of the design while being valuable for its silver content.
Some people came to the show looking for American Silver Eagles. Several dealers offered the beautiful silver coins in a variety of dates.
Coin dealers filled the bourse with their showcases full of coins, currency, bullion, jewelry and related exonumia.
Let's take a brief side trip and show some definitions.
Exonumia is a plural noun meaning items, as tokens or medals, that resemble money but are not intended to circulate as money.
Similarly, numismatics, a singular noun, is the study or collecting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.
It's called the Greater Atlanta Coin Show, but the show includes lots more than just coins.
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from March 2013
Similarly, gold bullion in the form of gold eagles could be found on the bourse as well.
Some dealers showed rare gold in their showcases. For example, one dealer displayed a beautiful uncirculated 1856 Dahlonega $5 coin. The Dahlonega Mint made less than 20,000 of those coins making it a rarity to have survived 157 years in that condition.
Not to be the lone regional gold, some showcases held gold from the Charlotte Mint too.
Several of our dealers offer high grade early silver dollars. For example, people like to collect Morgan dollars for their beauty and their weight in silver.
Did you know? Years ago, the Morgan and Peace dollars became known as cartwheels by the people using them in the western casinos.
A couple of our dealers specialize in copper coins. Dealers displayed several very nice early coppers.
One dealer provided an array of ancient coins over 2000 years old in his display cases.
Another dealer likes to focus on foreign coins and currency.
Another dabbles in collectible watches. This month, one visitor brought a collectible gold railroad watch just to learn its current value. Another gentleman brought a Patek Phillippe pocket watch.
Did you know the most expensive Patek Phillippe watch was sold at a Sotheby's auction in 1999 for $11,000,000? Yes, that's Eleven Million Dollars. That particular watch was known as "The Supercomplication" watch and was made with 24 functions. The company produced the watch specially for Henry Graves, Jr. in 1933.
Of course, these are just highlights. There were many displays across a variety of interests - from the ancient to the modern era coins; gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion; watches, jewelry and gemstones; currency, stock certificates and financial paper along with a variety of other exonumia.
Next month's coin show will be just as varied with a few of the same displays but many new ones as well.
Mark your calendar and make plans to visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, April 14, 2013 to buy, sell and browse the wide variety of numismatic and collectible items.