On Thursday November 9th I left my office around 12:30, grabbed some lunch and headed to the Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo. After signing in and getting my dorky nametag I was spotted by my fellow Nummis Nova member Mike Packard who was having lunch in the lobby. He waved me over and we chatted for a bit, but I let him finish his meal and headed in to the bourse.
Among my first stops was Doug Winter's table, where he had a display copy of his new book on Dahlonega gold. We had a good conversation on a number of topics. While his specialty is U.S. gold, he has a soft spot for dogs and I spotted this slabbed Belgian medal in his case.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: DAHLONEGA MINT GOLD, 4TH EDITION
Next up was John Kraljevich's table, where I also found Greg Bennick and Erik Goldstein. I had some Newman Numismatic Portal business to discuss with Greg, and we sat down to review his notes on upcoming guests for his interview series. We spotted NNP Project Coordinator Len Augsburger across the aisle and called him over. The three of us talked about the interviews and my indirect experience with new Large Language Models for transcribing audio with high speed and accuracy. These could help speed publication of transcripts for NNP and The E-Sylum.
Greg reported getting great feedback from multiple parties about his interviews, and I've heard the same. Stay tuned - some more are already recorded and being processed, and several more are queued up for the coming months.
Being at JK's table at a major coin show is like standing in Times Square - sooner or later everyone in the world passes by. My apologies to our advertisers and sponsors attending the show - I usually get around to see many of them, but it wasn't in the cards this week. Here are some of the folks I talked with.
Stu Levine and I are both lending material to Washington University in St. Louis for an exhibit next year. I recently shipped some of my J.S.G. Boggs money art collection, and Stu brought some items to give Len, including this Washington medal.
Len Augsburger and Stu Levine
Stu let me know he was a purchaser of some headline lots in my recent library sale, and I thanked him on behalf of our kids' "college fund."
Len Augsburger, Erik Goldstein and me
Greg, me, Erik Goldstein, and Len Augsburger
Bob Schwartz, me and Greg
Bob Schwartz owns Archives International Auctions, was an early E-Sylum advertiser and is still a regular. He gave me a hardcopy of his current sale of the Huntsville Collection, which will be a useful reference of "Arkansas, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, Missouri, and Southern States Obsolete Banknotes and Scrip Notes."
After all this time hanging at his table, I hadn't gotten a chance to talk to John Kraljevich yet. He was looking dapper in a sport jacket. When I asked why, he responded "interviews." He'd been doing publicity to promote the show in Baltimore newspapers and television. Here's one example.
The nice thing about coin collecting is that there's something for everybody. If you like cats, collect coins with cats on them.
If you like ancient history, do that. If you like the history of Baltimore, collect things related to Baltimore, said John Kraljevich, a senior consultant with Stacks Bowers Galleries.
Among the featured coins are some that were made in California during the gold rush, which are worth about $750,000.
To read the complete article or watch the video, see:
Collectors converge on Baltimore for Whitman Coin Expo
Baltimore hosting Whitman Coin Expo
Wayne Homren, Editor
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