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Attendance up at 2010 VNA show

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The Virginia Numismatic Association held its 52nd Annual Convention, Coin & Currency Show Sept. 17-19 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Va. The Richmond Coin Club hosted the event.

Clifford Mishler, American Numismatic Association president, cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony and was guest speaker at the Saturday banquet. John Koebert, outgoing VNA president, was the recipient of the ANA Presidential Award.

Attendance exceeded last year’s numbers, and there was an active bourse both in buying and selling, the VNA reported. A total of 110 dealer tables hosted 65 dealers from 15 states.

Dealer Sherrod Gresham took first prize for his exhibit, “A Numismatic Journey Through Biblical Times.” Second prize went to Richmond club member Henry Coalter for “United States Fractional Notes.” Coalter was also recognized for his exceptional contributions as bourse floor manager. Connie Robertson, editor of the convention program, was presented with a program autographed by convention participants.

Educational presentations were “Rich History of Virginia Tokens” by John Philips, “The Numismatic Euro” by Jack Hepler, “Introduction to the Hobby of Ancient Numismatics” by Doug Smith, “What You Might Not Know About Buffalo Nickels” by Harvey Hinson and “Art Nouveau Gold of the U.S.” by Thomas Wood, Ph.D.

The National Park Service was on hand to promote the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and passed out VNA-provided Yosemite quarters to attending children. A certification workshop for the Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge was held, and a youth table with free numismatic offerings was available.

The 2011 convention is set for Sept. 23-25 in a new location, the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 50 miles south of Washington, D.C. Dealers can contact bourse chair Gregg Coburn by phone at (540) 439-6508, or by e-mail at coburngregg@gmail.com.

The Virginia Numismatic Association has more than 300 individual members and 16 member clubs. It publishes the quarterly journal, The Virginia Numismatist. VNA’s web site is at www.vnaonline.org.

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