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Paced by a Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction, business results at the Whitman Baltimore Expo March 31-April 3 were strong, according to Expo General Manager David Crenshaw.
He cited the remarks of Dan Duncan of Pinnacle Rarities, who called the expo one of the most active shows recently.
Crenshaw also reported that attendance was up over last year.
Helping to draw in the public was the presence of the two authors of the new book, The Secret History of the First U.S. Mint. Joel Orosz and Len Augsburger gave a talk to attendees and did a brisk business selling the new title.
Attending their talk was a direct descendent of Adam Eckfeldt, the first chief coiner of the U.S. Mint.
“Something felt really good about this show,” said Crenshaw. He said he had positive feedback from dealers to collectors to the families of Boy Scouts earning their merit badge, who were present as members of Boy Scout Troops 355, 2109 and 117 of the Baltimore Area Council participated.
The Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction realized approximately $13.7 million. See a separate story for details of the new firm’s first auction.
The Maryland State Numismatic Association exhibit competition awarded three trophies.
First place (MSNA Best in Show) went to “A Brief History of Ballooning” by Sandra Emme. She also won the Maryland Token and Medal Society Best Exonumia Exhibit Award.
Winning second place was Simcha Kuritzky for “The Jewish Lion.” This is called the MSNA Master Award.
Taking third place (MSNA Superior Award) was William Stratemeyer for “Bethlehem Steel Company.”