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Strong showing for Baltimore event

Ed Kuszmar didn?t mind going home from the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention empty-handed.

?I sold all the coins I took to the show and almost all of the paper money,? said Kuszmar, of Florida Currency and Coin.

He is a co-owner of the  show, which took place Dec. 9-11. He estimated attendance at more than 10,000, despite a Friday snowstorm. Later, after the deadline for the Dec. 27 issue of Numismatic News had passed, Kuszmar’s partner Gordon Berg reported an exact attendance figure of 7,716.

?Attendance was a little off that day,?   Kuszmar said. ?But Saturday?s attendance was greater than it has been.?

He reported a record number of super bourse, or non-table, dealers. The December show recorded 143. The previous record was 129. The show also collected $5,184 for Children?s Hospital.

Legend Numismatics reported on its Web site (www.legendcoin.com) that  ?This was not only our best Baltimore Show ever ? it was our best show ever. On Thursday alone (dealer set up) we sold over $1 million. Our sales numbers were far beyond any we had ever dared even thinking about for a show, any show including what we dream our best ANA could be like. We believe that coin prices increased 5-10 percent at the show.?

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