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Time for Chattanooga show

If you are within driving distance of Chattanooga, Tenn., you should consider attending the Tennessee State Numismatic Society Fall Coin & Currency Show Nov. 1-3.

In all the years I have worked in numismatics I have attended many shows, but I have not made it to this one. I have been in the neighborhood, Atlanta and Dalton, but not to this particular show.

That’s my loss.

I have heard many good things about it over the years. I have published reports on it, too.

Gayle Pike, who is bourse chairman, puts on a serious show to do serious business, but does it in a way where participants do not take themselves too seriously.

Participants have a good time as they do business.

When the show opens at 10 a.m. each morning at the Camp Jordan Arena, I 75 Exit 1, the first 300 people through the door will receive a free uncirculated coin.

The show remains open until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and closes at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Also, one lucky attendee each day will get a free gas card to help with the expense of going there.

There will also be a program for Young Numismatists a 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Early birds, who cannot wait to see what’s new in the inventories of participating dealers, can pay $35 and be admitted.

On display will be a giant carved wooden dollar.

For additional information, visit the website at

I have known Gayle Pike for many years. She has written auction reports for me in that time and I enjoy working with her.

I guess this makes it all the stranger that I have not yet made it to this particular show.

But you can make up for my loss by beating me to the show. Let me know how you did afterwards.

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Buzz blogger Dave Harper is winner of the 2013 Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."