Thank you one and all - guests and dealers alike - for making this a
busy and successful show. An especial thank you goes to the
gentleman who exclaimed, "I've got to leave, I've spent too much!" as
he exited the show. A big thank you goes out to the others, who like
him, came to buy, sell and trade numismatics.
On a sad note, thank you to all of the dealers and guests who signed
the card for Mr. Harold Bowles's family. He passed away just before
Labor Day. As one person noted in the card, "He was a fine
gentleman." We know that to be true as Mr. Bowles spent many years
as a dealer with us at the monthly show. The card will be sent to his
family to show that he is fondly remembered and that he will be
Once again, this month's bourse had a lot of people buying and selling the precious metals, mostly gold and silver but
some platinum as well. Of course, at a coin show, most of the metals are in some form of coinage though some dealers
offer ingots as well.
Some dealers offered fractional Buffalo gold coins at 1/10, 1/4, and 1/2 ounce weights. Plus, dealers offered gold year
sets which included the 1/10, 1/4, 1/2 and one ounce gold coins for a particular year. In addition, foreign gold changed
hands for the right price. In particular, one gentleman brought a 4 ducat coin from Austria to be appraised. Another
person brought three gold coins, inherited from her mother, to determine their worth on the current market by asking the
various dealers at the show.
On a different note, a visiting dealer shared a few coins for viewing only. One was a seated dollar in a PCGS holder.
Unfortunately, he noted that both the coin and the holder were counterfeit. Similarly, he had a raw flying eagle cent that
was also a very nice copy. As part of his educational tale, he alerted the dealers that common bullion coins are also
being copied, but some of them can easily be determined as counterfeit due to their insufficient weight.
The heavy rains on Saturday evening washed the air and cooled the late summer
temperatures. The show Sunday started with clouds, but later the sun beamed out of a
beautiful clear blue sky. Though still warm, a touch of fall could be seen. The poplars with
their yellow kissed leaves reflected the bright sunlight while the dogwoods showed off their
red berries amid their red and orange leaves.
This month, the hotel's event staff presented the coin show with another last minute
challenge by reducing our contracted space dramatically. After much finagling with the
smaller footprint, we developed a workable, albeit smaller, bourse layout.
We appreciate the flexibility of our dealers and our guests, all of whom adjusted to the
tighter space. The show was jammed for much of the day with the bourse staying busy later
into the afternoon. Generally, several of our dealers, who have long drives, leave by mid-
afternoon. Not this time, they stayed later too.
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from September 2010
Before leaving the show, one of our dealers, Al Adams, provided
a copy of his new book, GOLD! At Pigeon Roost. The book, which
is described as "The Story of America's First Gold Mining Scrip,"
was a collaboration between Al Adams and Fred N. Holabird.
The book also taps into Al's extensive knowledge about
Dahlonega gold and provides interesting information about the
gold and the mining efforts in the North Georgia mountains,
America's first Gold Rush. For more information about the book,
Mark your calendars for next month's show on Sunday, October
10, 2010. We hope to see you there!