The Tennessee State Numismatic Society’s spring coin show was held March 5-7 at the Camp Jordan Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Bourse Chairman Gayle Pike was excited to see the public lined up outside as the show opened Friday morning. “We have had them out the door before but not all the way to the street,” she said.
Dealers arriving for set-up day on Thursday were greeted with a light buffet and other treats.
Knowing the TSNS show conflicted with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Pike wanted to go all out for the dealers that chose to attend TSNS.
As a thank-you to dealers for attending, each received an envelope filled with snacks and a shamrock coin. Seventeen of the coins had a white shamrock. Dealers who found one of the special shamrocks won a door prize.
Around 6 p.m. free pizza was provided to dealers compliments of Larry Briggs and SEGS grading service.
“What other show do you get such elegant treatment?” commented a dealer.
Business was brisk the entire weekend, with a near record attendance on Friday, according to the club.
On Saturday morning, Wendell Wolka, American Numismatic Association board member, spoke on “The Wild and Wonderful Era of Obsolete Paper Money and the People Who Issued It.” He gave a slide presentation and at the end of the program, one lucky attendee received an obsolete bank note.
About 60 children and parents attended a young collector program led by Randy Chase on Saturday afternoon. All attending children left with a bag of coins donated by dealers and TSNS.
At the close of the show a dealer told Pike, “I’m not telling many people, as I don’t want to brag, but this was the best show I ever had.”