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Social and educational activities, as well as business, brought the world’s coin collectors and dealers to the 39th annual New York International Numismatic Convention Jan. 6-9 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Some 95 dealer booths were set up in five hotel ballrooms.
Most of the booth holders had a very busy professional preview day on Jan. 6 and a great deal of commercial activity continued through the weekend.
Unusual for most shows, there was a fully active and occupied bourse until well into Sunday afternoon with activity all along.
Among the most well-performing numismatic areas were machine-struck Chinese coin issues and Chinese paper money. There was also strong activity in ancients.
Clifford Mishler, American Numismatic Association president, had a busy show. He gave two Presidential Awards to distinguished hobbyists. One went to Richard Margolis, founder of the NYINC, and the other was given to Peter Tompa, an attorney who has represented the International Association of Professional Numismatics and Professional Numismatists Guild on cultural property matters since 1999 and is a board member and past president of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild.
Mishler also chaired a meeting of the ANA board of governors that in its executive and open sessions lasted much of Saturday.
The New York Numismatic Club tried something different, an extra casual meeting at a Turkish restaurant offered wonderful food, good fellowship and entertainment that included a performance by a belly dancer.
Steve Album, Paul Montz and Joe Lang, announced the merger of their firms at the show.
Education, always a strong point of the show, saw talks by John Adams, Judy Kolbas, Anthony Milavic, Wayne Sayles, Don Squires, Alan M. Stahl and Kerry Wetterstrom to various specialized groups meeting Saturday.
Chris Donato ran a successful Young Numismatists program.
The numismatic year started off with nine days of auction sessions by eight firms: Heritage; Classical Numismatic Group; Freeman and Seer; a consortium of Baldwin’s-M&M Numismatics-Dmitry Markov; Ponterio and Associates; Kolbe-Fanning, Gemini Auctions and Stack’s.
The 40th Annual NYINC show will be held Jan. 5-8, 2012, with earlier and later dates for auctions.