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Two Eras, One Place, Same Outcome?
February 07, 2011

I made my plans to attend the American Numismatic Association National Money Show this past Friday. It will be held March 17-19 in Sacramento, Calif.

The ANA had reported that the host hotel is already booked. That got me motivated to finish my arrangements. Even though I won’t be staying at the host hotel, the fact that it is booked early is a good sign for the convention. The last National Money Show there was a great one.

When I checked the date of the prior event, I nearly fell on the floor. It was 12 years ago in 1999. I was there. It seems like yesterday. Surely it couldn’t be a dozen years in the past already?

What I remember about the prior event is the long lines of people who waited patiently to get in. There was no problem then. It was just a crowd, something we seem to be seeing less of these days.

Will we see a crowd again? I hope so. Collectors are still collectors and the ANA event still is something to see.

There are head winds, of course. The California economy is not doing as well as it was in 1999.

The ANA also now charges admission, which it did not do in 1999.

Will either factor make a difference?

They could.

Also, bullion was not booming in 1999. In fact, if anyone had stocked up on American Eagles at that show, they would be sitting pretty now, but then, as you know, all the investment focus was on the stocks.

There. That’s my stroll down memory lane. I hope I will see you there.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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