How far ahead do you plan your coin show travel?
My annual travel possibilities are pretty well known to me at the beginning of each year.
That does not mean reservations have been made yet.
Far from it.
Corporate budgets can change. They can be late. The can be cut at any time. I have to wait until much closer to the show date before I can act.
However, I know enough to not make plans to do things on dates that conflict with potential travels.
One important set of dates that I am keeping open runs April 25-28 for the Central States Numismatic Society convention.
It will be the the 79th anniversary event.
Location is the Schaumburg Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel at 1551 North Thoreau Drive.
A bourse with 300 booths will make it one of the largest commercial numismatic events in the country in 2018.
That is reason enough for me to go.
I need to talk to dealers face to face and witness business as it is being done.
The Industry Council for Tangible Assets will hold a panel discussion at 8:30 a.m. April 27 that will cover important topics ranging from the threat of fakes to tax law.
This show also hosts an important Heritage auction.
At past Central States I have witnesses the sale of some truly historical and valuable items.
It is time for me to start thinking about my hotel and travel arrangements.
The fact that I can drive to the show is a huge plus for me.
I expect many collectors feel the same way.
Airline travel can take us amazing distances, but it is nice not to have to endure the airport hassles and still be at a major coin show.
Best of all is that the dates of the show are in the spring.
With another Arctic blast hitting Iola, Wis., today, it is very pleasant to think about what I will be doing in late April.
If you haven’t given Central States any thought yet, you should.
Perhaps I will see you at the convention.
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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