The American Numismatic Association has shared attendance figures for this year’s National Money Show, which took place Thursday, March 3 through Saturday, March 5 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
Reports directly following the show noted smaller than usual crowds, and it’s interesting to look at the official numbers to see how those first impressions compared to the actual totals.
An ANA press release states that 2,585 people attended the show in all, including 1,100 members of the general public, 815 ANA members, 595 table-holders, and 75 volunteers or staff members.
Total attendance per day came out to 1,259 for Thursday, 470 for Friday, and 856 for Saturday. It is important to note that visitors were only counted on the first day they attended, so the 1,259 people that showed up Thursday were not counted again if they returned on Friday or Saturday.
The drop in attendance as compared to the last year was fairly significant. The 2015 National Money Show in Portland, Oregon, saw 2,277 members of the general public and 1,513 ANA members come through the turnstiles, almost twice the 2016 figure.
Jeff Garrett, President of the ANA, said of the results, “Although the attendance for the Dallas National Money Show was less than robust, those that turned out found business to be better than expected. Most dealers reported strong sales, both on a wholesale and retail level. The abundant educational opportunities are a strong draw for serious collectors, and those who attended took full advantage of an exciting bourse floor.”
Heritage Auctions, which has its world headquarters in Dallas, served as the show’s official auctioneer and grossed $8,047,524 in sales over the course of the three-day event.
The highest price realized at the convention was an $88,125 bid for an 1842 small date Seated Liberty Quarter graded PR-64 cameo by NGC. The clip below provides a glimpse of the coin’s obverse positioned under targeted lighting.