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New Coin Show Registration Coming
June 17, 2009

For anyone who has ever stood in a registration line at a coin show or waited for a dealer badge, news that modern technology will be introduced at the Whitman show in Philadelphia in September is welcome.

It will operate something like the airline industry that allows you to print out boarding passes on your home computer the night before a flight, or the registration kiosks once you arrive at the airport.

I have not yet seen a demonstration of how the kiosks work, but anything has to be better than the manual system that has been prevailing since I have been attending coin shows.

For small shows, it does not matter. Crowds are manageable and little time is lost in the registration process, but large shows, especially large shows in a hot market, present the possibility of delays.

I do not want to pick on the Memphis International Paper Money Show, but I would like to use my experience at the last 20 that I have attended to illustrate my point.

For years setting up began at 4 p.m. on Thursday. However, until last year, no dealer credentials were given out until that hour. That resulted in a long line of dealers gathering in an unairconditioned loading area outside the area of the convention hall where the show was to be held.

It was a good time to visit with people in the line, but dealers were anxious to get on with things as they stood there with their overloaded big carts and small floor roller cases that you see at any show.

Last year, credentials were handed out earlier and the line was much shorter.

Think of what an airline style registration would accomplish. I look forward to see how the September Whitman event unfolds.

Imagine that. I used the airline industry as a good example. I hope the shock doesn't hurt anybody.

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On June 17, 2009 Coins_R_Us said
First off, "ANY COIN SHOW", no matter who throws it, the number one thing on a list should be SECURITY, not at sign in only, or inside with the booths, and the venders, but outside also, looking for dealer's that are crooked and paid some kid to put a GPS on someone's car, van or truck, to follow them and rob them away from the show, as well as in the parking lot, and smoking break area's to, why don't anyone talk about this more?.  ONE MORE THING.

As coin collector's, are we fed up yet?.

For years we have all thrown our fishing gear into hinged tackle boxes with worm proof drawers and pre-selected bait storage trays that were more suited for nuts and bolts than fishing tackle. Worm proof, does such a thing really exist? Just what does worm proof mean anyhow? Did any of you have worms trying to break into your tackle boxes? I remember my plastic worms being a huge congealed ball of goo each time I wanted one. How about those hooks? Were they ever where you put them, or did they have a mind of their own and move to the tackle trays to snare space with your lures, leaders, and other gear? Ring any bells?. Now let's talk about these grading companies for a bit here to. Are those plastic air tights PVC free and acid free etc?. Do they melt as well, when put next to other plastics, hard or soft?. I never really trusted them. Remember those rubber bands you had in that jar covered, and you needed one several months later, they to are all stuck together, in a ball. This gets better here as well. Let's go on. I know it may be better to get coins in a slab and graded also, so they say, I don't care what third party grading company ones sends them to, one could get it back then send it to a different one and it comes back with a lower or higher grade, plus the background you can request whatever you like to have on it, any word's you like it to read, any pictures on them, and a host of other thing's also, in other word's they are not consistent, as they should be, other then the bar code and grade. That gets very co

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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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