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Gold panning highlights show

Virginia Numismatic Association’s 51st annual Convention, Coin & Currency Show was held Sept. 18-20 in Richmond, Va. The Richmond Coin Club was host.

The association reported brisk business at the 113 dealer tables that housed dealers from 11 states.

Highlighting the show’s educational offerings was the American Numismatic Association’s traveling exhibit, “Money of the U.S. Civil War.” Seminars were “The History of Coin Grading,” “Overview of Roman Coins,” “Photographing Coins” and “A Favorite U.S. Series: Buffalo Nickels.”

YNs took home free coins and handouts, and a Boy Scout merit badge workshop was held. The youth enjoyed panning for gold at the Reed Gold Mine booth, according to the association. The children, as well as adults, searched for small nuggets and learned about the first U.S. gold discovery in 1799 in North Carolina.

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia sold the Braille commemorative coin, and an auction was held on the evening of Sept. 19.

Service recognition awards went to William Eckberg, banquet keynote speaker and longtime editor of VNA’s journal, The Virginia Numismatist; Susan Cash, co-organizer of the last two VNA conventions; and Jess Kilgore, VNA secretary and webmaster.

The association has scheduled its 52nd annual convention for Sept. 17-19, 2010.

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