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Philadelphia – at last

I am heading back to Philadelphia for the first time in 12 years. I will be attending the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money.

I am looking forward to it. I hope to see you there.

If the public turns out in numbers similar to what happened there at the 2000 convention I think everybody will be impressed and most of them will call the event a business triumph.

But there is always some risk to threaten potential success.

Last year’s summer convention was dominated by the bullion trade. With gold and silver down from their levels of August of last year, collectible coins will have to play a larger role. I think they will.

Sure, gold and silver could take a plunge at any time during the week, but outside of the $20 or $30 daily swings that seem to have become a new norm this summer, I don’t think there is much chance of bullion raining on Philadelphia’s parade.

I will be playing tourist, of course, both as part of my professional duties and as a history buff. Who can go to Philadelphia and not do that?

I can’t wait to see the Philadelphia Mint. Independence Hall is also on my list.

Most importantly, though, I can’t wait to meet other attendees, some of whom I probably have not seen in a long time.

If you are one of those planning to attend, please stop by the Krause Publications booth and help us celebrate the 60 years that Numismatic News has been serving collectors.

We have a few special things planned. Come see what they are.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."