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Attendance was up more than 13 percent at the SoCal Coin and Currency Show held Dec. 16-18 at the Ontario, Calif., Convention Center, according to organizers.
Sixty-two Boy Scouts attended the show-sponsored Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop, and 11 Girl Scouts completed the Fun with Money course. More than 50 family members participated in the learning activities. Classes were taught by Patti Finner, former vice president of the American Numismatic Association.
“The boys have never been to a coin show before and are beside themselves with excitement,” said one troop leader.
Garrett Burke, concept designer of the California state quarter, held a question-and-answer session on the state quarter program and premiered his book, Quarterama, as well as never-seen original art from the publication.
Cindy Mohon, co-author of the Complete Guide to Shield and Liberty Head Nickels, gave a one-hour lecture. Selby Ungar, co-author of Carson City Morgan Dollars: Featuring the Coins of the GSA Hoard, discussed GSA Carson City dollars and die variations.
Glen Holsonbake of Holsonbake Numismatics in Folsom, Calif., had a positive experience on the bourse.
“I felt there was a nice mix of wholesale and retail business,” he said. “It was a good turnout despite the rain with attendees visiting several dealers. I’m looking forward to the next show in July.”
The SoCal show is held twice a year. The summer show is set for July 14-16. Table fees start at $295. Early bird admission is $25, and general admission is $2. For more information, call CK Shows at (800) 330-5188, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ,or visit www.ckshows.com.