Dick Johnson submitted this follow-up to his remarks last week on American Numismatic Association conventions.
ANA President Clifford Mishler responded to my hurried (and harried?) response to my comments in last week's E-Sylum on ANA conventions. Sorry if I misled anyone on the timing of the show in my comments. Here is Cliff's response:
"I would like, however, to call your attention to one point of error. The ANA is not 'adding a new Spring Show;' rather a fall show is being added to the sequence, on a trial basis that will hopefully prove beneficial to the community and the ANA over the long haul.
"This is an investment that the organization will be making in the welfare of the community, as the need has been viewed. Frankly, the spring NMS presentations have been only marginally profitable as they have been produced; those 'profits' are applied to benefit programs which it is hoped can be made to grow, which by their nature cannot be self-supporting. Presently, in my view, the ANA has two events, one a full-blown convention, the other being an event that is not much more than a substantial local coin show.
"The ANA's next spring show will be in Sacramento in March of 2011; in 2012 that event will be hosted in Denver in May. The ANA is introducing a fall NMS in Pittsburgh in October of 2011; the organization has not fixed on its plans for the fall of 2012 at this point, but the plan is to have an ongoing event in that slot. The long-term objective is to convert the spring and fall NMS events into full-blown conventions, to better serve the community in service and impact.
Thanks, Cliff! Sign up my company for the Pittsburgh 2011 Coin Show. We will participate in full mode. Also I would like to encourage others -- dealers and firms -- to respond to as many shows as they can. This participation of our numismatic community is vital to the ANA. I support that action.
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REPORTS FROM THE 2010 BOSTON ANA CONVENTION
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