June 23rd, 2010

Safe Travels

There doesn’t seem to be a coin show “season” anymore. Shows big and small are scheduled throughout the entire year across the country. Coin collectors and dealers are experienced travelers, but they shouldn’t take anything for granted, especially their safety.

During the last week, there were two more stories of dealers being robbed. One occurred in Wichita Falls, Texas, and the other in Parsippany, New Jersey. The dealers in both cases stopped at a restaurant after the shows and had their car windows broken. The incident in Wichita Falls also involved an assault on the dealer and his wife.

I say two “more” because earlier this year, a coin dealer was robbed in Acton, Massachusetts, after leaving a Westford coin show. And in Wilmington, a dealer from Jacksonville, North Carolina, was robbed when he went to visit at their home someone he thought was interested in purchasing coins.

The robberies have caused Scott Barman, a collector and the author of the Coin Collector’s Blog, coinsblog.blogspot.com, to post an article urging dealers to step up their safety awareness. You can scroll down and read his tips here.

With some of the larger shows taking place in the next couple of months, a little reminder can’t hurt.

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