In the April 2013 eNEWS from the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, editor Pat McBride notes that
I've been reading a fascinating book on the life of Samuel F. B. Morse.
QUICK QUIZ: how many numismatic items featuring or related to Morse Code can you name? If you saw Tom's exhibit at Central States you'll have a head start on this one. Next week I'll have some excerpts from an article Tom has written on the subject.
Speaking of PAN, the PAN show has grown and grown over the years, and next week's event is nearly sold out despite the conflict with the American Numismatic Association show in New Orleans. Here's an article about the show from a local newspaper.
To Pat Vetter and Blaine Shiff, who each will be participating at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Coin Show & Convention, set for next week at the Monroeville Convention Center, there is more to collecting coins than the value.
They think that along with “heads and tails,” there are artistic and historical sides to coins, as well.
And the same is true of many collectors heading to the free twice-a-year show, which offers a chance to buy, sell or trade items with more than 60 dealers, said Shiff, the show's bourse chairman. The bourse is the sales floor.
Along with being interested in the value of a numismatic piece, which can include silver dollars, gold coins, U.S. coins, foreign coins and ancient coins, many collectors, such as Shiff, care about the design of a piece.
“They're exquisite pieces of art. I really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into a coin or token,” said Shiff, who owns www.cybercoins.net with his brother, Brad Shiff.
Those attending next week's show, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m. May 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11, also can find tokens, medals, paper money and bullion, which refers to gold, silver, platinum and palladium.