The Virginia Numismatic Association held its 53rd annual convention and show at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center in Fredericksburg, Va., Sept. 23-25.
The Culpeper, Rappahannock Area, and Warrenton Coin Clubs hosted the event and provided volunteers. There were 130 tables with 80 dealers, and the show was attended by more than 1,150 collectors. Despite downturns in the stock and bullion markets on the opening day, dealers reported lively sales.
Tom Tomzak, mayor of Fredericksburg, cut the ribbon at the Friday morning opening ceremony.
Beth Deisher, editor of Coin World, was the banquet speaker on the topic “Stories behind the Headlines…2011 in the Numismatic Realm,” focusing on legal cases with implications for the hobby.
Four VNA members were recognized at the banquet for their contributions to the organization in the past year: Gregg Coburn and Robert Ayres, 2011 bourse and convention co-coordinators; John Kolos, treasurer; and Judy Merz, for secretarial, website and membership duties.
There were six competitive exhibits at the show as well as numerous educational presentations. Simcha Kuritzky took the first and second prizes for his exhibits “Feline Species Numismatic Type Set” and “Creating Modern Israel.” Several of the exhibits focused on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
For Young Numismatists, two workshops for the Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge were held, along with an educational treasure hunt.
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Stack’s Bowers Auctions was on hand to accept consignments for forthcoming auctions. Larry Briggs was present to take submissions of coins for grading by SEGS and provided appraisals and authentication.
The Virginia Numismatic Association is a non-profit organization striving to educate and serve collectors, clubs, students and dealers in Virginia. It has more than 300 members and 16 member clubs. It publishes the quarterly journal, The Virginia Numismatist.
VNA’s 2012 convention will be held Sept. 28-30 at the same location. For more information, visit www.vnaonline.org, or call (804) 276-5430.