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Orlando home to next six winter FUN shows

Good news for those of us who enjoy attending the annual January Florida United Numismatists conventions in Orlando.

The winter event not only returns to the city in 2019 but will continue to be located there each year through 2024, according to FUN President Randy Campbell.

The contract has been signed.

Better news for coin dealers is that there will be no bourse fee increases over this six-show run.

Cost control is important.

Campbell was particularly proud that his organization watches the financial backs of the nation’s dealers, which adds to the appeal of this event.

He believes this restraint on costs is an important reason why the show has grown to reach 1,000 dealer tables at times.

For the public, admission is free.

Over many years, FUN has worked hard to make the Orlando location synonymous with good coin show results with gangbusters auction prices realized.

Adding to the FUN organization’s hard work is the fact that Orlando has an appealing convention center that most hobbyists are familiar with.

It is so appealing, in fact, that we have watched it expand over the years.

Orlando is also a popular tourist location.

If you want to go to Walt Disney World before or after the event, this is the place for you.

Universal and other theme parks add to the appeal.

Airport connections are easy.

This is important for all attendees but especially so for dealers bringing their inventory with them.

The new FUN contract helps mark an end to the sequence of changing locations that took the show to Tampa in 2016, then Fort Lauderdale in 2017, and then back to Tampa in 2018.

No offense to those other locations, but most hobbyists feel more at home in Orlando. I know I do.

Thank you, FUN, for all that you do to put on such a first-class event.

Thank you, Randy Campbell, for sharing the good news with me of six consecutive years in Orlando.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog for the third time in 2017 . He is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."

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