July 31st, 2012

Education, Contributions Spotlighted at SoCal Ontario Coin and Currency Show

Dealer participation was up over 10 percent at the SoCal Coin & Currency Show Summer Show, held July 19-21, 2012 at the Ontario Convention Center.  Very little bourse space remained unsold as the cross-section and the number of exhibitors continues to grow.  New dealers came from as far away as Florida and Ohio to set up at this southern California bourse.

ANACS accepted submissions onsite at the show all three days.  Paul DeFelice, vice president of customer service and marketing, evaluated the show, “We are very glad we made the trip for the Ontario show and we look forward to attending future shows.”  ANACS is America’s oldest third-party coin authentication and grading service and attributes over 3,000 VAM varieties.

The VAM seminar held on Saturday proved to be a great learning opportunity for many novice collectors.  This popular forum was conducted by C Logan McKecknie and featured authors Jeff Oxman and Mark Witkower, some of the leading VAM experts in the country.  Moderators noted a lot of new faces and increased attendance levels.

Jeff Wuller, Arrowhead Coin and Jewelry of Glendale, AZ summarized, “It’s not the best economy, but we were happy.  Business was subdued, but steady.  Dealers that come with fresh material, stock variety and are willing to wholesale will hit their numbers.  I have two stores that supply me with new coins and currency and, as a result, I reached my sales expectations by Thursday.

Two Boy Scout merit badge workshops were taught by Patti Finner former ANA vice-president, on Friday and Saturday, attracting 116 scouts, family and leaders. This included one Girl Scout.  Sixty-seven scouts were given congratulatory gifts from two dealers.  Armando Nieto, Del Rosa Coin and Stamp of San Bernardino, CA donated 45 proof sets and Terry Gilbert, LLG Coins and Currency of Norco, CA contributed 35 $1 and 5 $2 silver certificates. Finner reported, “Some of the Boy Scouts have volunteered to return in December to help with the classes.  By offering this assistance, they earn hours toward their citizenship badge which requires community service.”

Six coin and stamp clubs staffed tables, displayed exhibits and offered free numismatic materials.  Represented at the show were San Bernardino County Coin Club, Long Beach Stamp Club, Covina Coin Club, Upland Coin Club, Long Beach Coin Club and the Numismatic Association of Southern California.  Alex Jaramillo, San Bernardino Coin Club president, added up club turn-out, “With the help of members Tony Micciche, Don Lannon and Ken Crum, we handed out information to over 150 people.  Every time we set up at the show, we see a few new members or new faces at our meetings.”  Glen Franks, Covina Coin Club president, analyzed Friday’s activity, “We picked up a few prospective members and tomorrow we may pick up some Boy Scouts getting their coin collecting badge.”

The SoCal Coin and Currency Show is held twice a year and is located five minutes from the Ontario International Airport, 45 min from Southern California tourist attractions.  The winter show is set for December 6-8, 2012 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California.  Table fees start at $385, early bird admission is $40 and general admission is $3.  Discount coupon is downloadable online. There is free admission for members of any coin or stamp club, military in uniform, seniors 65 or over and for children 8 years old or younger.   If you would like more information contact Dawn at CK Shows 888-330-5188 or 800-208-1810info@ckshows.com or visit ckshows.com.

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