Wednesday was another jam-packed day at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. The morning got under way with a quick breakfast at the hotel, and then Caitlyn and I jumped into the Barber Coin Collectors’ Society meeting at 9:00. If you’re looking for a great hobby club to join, check them out at www.barbercoins.org. The BCCS is an active club under the guidance of President John Frost, Vice President Carl Feldman, Secretary/Treasurer Dave Earp, and a team of regional leaders. The Society’s journal has an attractive and high-quality new format, its Web site is being upgraded, new membership and publicity efforts are in the works, and overall energy is high. It’s an exciting time to be a collector! I joined the club this year, and in the next issue of the BCCS journal you’ll find my article on “How to Get a New Variety Into the Red Book.” Join the Society today for $15 and you can read all about it in a few weeks. (I also plan on writing an article on a neat Barber dime love token I bought recently.) Dave Bowers and I talked a bit about his soon-to-be-released new book, A Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins, and Dave introduced the group to Caitlyn Trautwein (Whitman’s senior associate editor), noting that “Caitlyn could go to the New York Times and do the work of three editors!”
Another hobby group that could use a few good Barbers is the Society of Bearded Numismatists. The SOBs held a rollicking romp at the World Mint Stage Wednesday afternoon. Everyone got one or more “bearded coins” from the 1800s or early 1900s as a free souvenir of the meeting. The presentations were entertaining — although they got a bit hairy with biographies of notable, famous, and infamous beards throughout history. Then the eminently bearded David T. Alexander gave fascinating sidebar commentary to a show-and-tell discussion of several Society of Medalists creations. The medals were from the American Numismatic Association archives.
Back at the Whitman Publishing booth I had a nice chat with John K., an enthusiast of the 1982 “No P” dime, which is ranked among the 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins. John feels that a hole for the coin should be included in Whitman’s folders and albums for Roosevelt dimes. What do you think?
I trotted around the bourse talking with collectors, dealers, researchers, and other great hobbyists. If you see me at an ANA show, feel free to say hi and strike up a conversation.
The Sundman Lecture Series is a popular event held annually at the World’s Fair of Money, and its sponsored luncheon is a nice meal that attracts friendly and interesting numismatists from all walks. If you didn’t make it this year, definitely put it on your calendar for 2016. You learn as much sitting down and breaking bread with fellow collectors for an hour as you do walking the bourse for a day.
Come to the ANA for the coins and currency, stay for the camaraderie. There’s never a dull moment at the World’s Fair of Money!
Dennis Tucker is the Publisher at Whitman.