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Collectors flock to San Jose show

The northern California collector base helped business boom on the bourse floor of the 47th Annual San Jose Coin & Collectibles Show at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose Jan. 23-25. Attendance topped the 750 mark.

ANA President Walter Ostromecki (center) presents an ANA Presidential Award to the Johnson Family, (from left) Ryan, Ray and Sally.

ANA President Walter Ostromecki (center) presents an ANA Presidential Award to the Johnson Family, (from left) Ryan, Ray and Sally.

“We had a record 80 tables comprising this year’s bourse and Friday started off with a bang both attendance and dealers sales wise,” said long-time show bourse chairman Ray Johnson. “ I feel very upbeat about the overall numismatic hobby in 2015.”

Jack and Sondra Beymer of Santa Rosa, Calif., said it was  a profitable three days with collector coins in the $500 price range exceptionally strong.

“Excellent sales and attendance is all I can say,” said Charmy Harker, The Penny Lady. “Chairman Ray Johnson and his whole family have built the San Jose Coin Club Show during the past 20 plus years into the finest and must-attend show in northern California.”

The show also included a Saturday and Sunday Kid’s Activities booth, an ANACS submission table, a CONECA table complete with error coin exhibit hosted by Lee Gong; and an educational symposium featuring ANA President Walt Ostromecki with “Money of the Afterlife,” CSNA President Howard Feltham discussing “First Mexico City Mint Spanish Colonials” and Jeff Shevlin speaking on “So-Called Dollars of the Pacific-Coast Expositions.” All three programs were well attended by the public.

ANA President Ostromecki honored four individuals for their longstanding devotion and service to the ANA and Northern California numismatic community. Recognized with the ANA Presidential Award was the Johnson family, Ray, Sally and Ryan “who as a team have enhanced the educational-fun aspects of the numismatic hobby and coin club membership in Northern California for over two decades.”

San Jose Coin Club Youth President Matthew Downing, receives a Point of Numismatic Light Award from ANA President Walter Ostromecki.

San Jose Coin Club Youth President Matthew Downing, receives a Point of Numismatic Light Award from ANA President Walter Ostromecki.

San Jose Coin Club Youth President Matthew Downing was cited for his ceaseless efforts to engage and involve youth of all ages in coin collecting as a fun and historical hobby pursuit. He was presented with an ANA Presidential Point of Numismatic Light Certificate. Only 100 individuals from across the nation “who work tirelessly to enhance the numismatic hobby experience for others” will be so recognized.

The 48th Annual San Jose Coin Club show is slated for Jan. 22-24, 2016, at the San Jose Double Tree Hotel. For additional information and bourse applications, visit www.sanjosecoinclub.org. The San Jose Coin Club meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in San Jose.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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