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Happy dealers key to good convention

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Whitman?s Baltimore Coin and Collectibles Expo held Feb. 29-March 2 was pronounced successful by David Crenshaw, the show?s general manager.

His formula is simple:

?Make the dealers happy, put on a show in a convenient location, and the collectors will come,? he said.

For three days a steady stream of thousands of numismatists poured through the doors, he added.

During this convention the show extended a special honor to American Numismatic Association Vice President Patricia Jagger Finner for her work with the shows? Kids? Korner.

?It is for her wonderful efforts in education, in particular, that we honor Patti here,? Crenshaw noted.

?She promotes the hobby as a Boy Scout Merit Badge counselor, a Girl Scout ?Fun With Money? counselor, and a devoted instructor for the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention?s Kids? Korner activities,? he said.

Finner has presented merit badge programs to more than 4,000 scouts since 2002; raised thousands of dollars for National Scout Jamborees; and developed curricula and teacher kits for youth programs.

Crenshaw also noted that the show recognizes Professional Numismatists Guild member-dealer photo badges for PNG dealers who are registered for the show, creating an extra level of convenience for them.

Another way of making dealers happy, Crenshaw said, was the addition of a Dealer Technology Office. Dealers enjoy the convenience of three laptops with Microsoft Office, high-speed Internet access, a printer, copier, fax and office supplies, he explain.