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I went to the opening day of the Santa Clara (California) coin show today. It is primarily a bourse with related activities. There were more open tables than I can remember since I started attending. Some of my favorite dealers were not in attendance this year, but others were. In asking how the day was going (not a scientific sample, rather the dealers I like), everyone commented on the number of empty tables, but everyone commented that they were seeing the same number of collectors at their tables and that the collectors came to buy. My general observation was that many did not set up because of the economy. On the other hand, the economy had less impact on those who came to buy. Maybe they were resistant to higher prices and were "cherry-picking," that I do not know. But the ancient and exonumia dealers (my fields) were reporting that they were doing a "normal" business. I never ask about the US since I don't collect that anymore. I did notice one dealer with a stack of wood cases for the US high relief gold pieces. He was selling the cases for $10 each. Such is the impact of slabbing. The mint spends a bundle on packaging and others sell the package as an after thought to the coins themselves. I wonder what a gold piece in its original package might be worth 100 or 150 years from now.

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Hi Bill,

 

Could you please tell me if they usually have banknotes at these shows? Are there any other shows coming up in the Bay Area?

I looked at the ANACS calendar, coin collecting seems to be really popular in Massachusetts! :blink:

 

Yes, there were a number of dealers with banknotes. If you want real high end US, Kagin's had about half their space devoted to notes.

 

The ANA will be in Sacramento in March and I think the San Jose show is usually in January.

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Yes, there were a number of dealers with banknotes. If you want real high end US, Kagin's had about half their space devoted to notes.

 

 

:rofl: How about cheap notes and coins? My kids are pretty happy to get anything at this stage!

 

Won't they be surprised when I suggest we go to Great America in April?

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I also attended that show. By the time I got there, the organizers had asked/allowed a few dealers next to empty tables to spread their wares over and fill up the gaps, so it didn't look that empty to me. However, a few dealers such as Karl Stephens commented that unless they resolved the 2011 scheduling conflict between the Santa Clara Expo and the NY International show, that dealer attendance in Santa Clara would suffer. One of my favorite dealers, Ted Koopman from Costa Mesa, said this would be his last trip north to this show, as his wife was no longer up to the arduous journey, and he wouldn't do the show alone.

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