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CICF Proves 'Comfortable'
April 26, 2010

It’s Monday morning and I am back from the Chicago International Coin Fair. My e-mail looks like I was gone for a week, not a weekend.

Many of the e-mails were responses to our weekly poll question. In this case it is about spending and receiving the 2009 and 2010 Native American dollar coins. It is nice to see that so many collectors want to share their experiences.

What are my impressions of the show?

Well, I think the best word I can use to describe it is “comfortable.” Business was being done. The market there was neither hot nor cold, but the bourse room was often crowded.

The Heritage auction was a big draw, especially for the Brazilian section.

Several Brazilian coin dealers came in unexpectedly to bid in the auction and then also wanted tables. Luck was with them and the show. There were a few European dealers who could not make the show because of the backed-up air traffic due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

It is interesting when a positive factor cancels out a negative one.

I had a chat with Chicago coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, who has a shop in downtown Chicago. He mentioned that even though bullion prices are pretty similar to what they have been for a few months now, the urgency felt by bullion buyers has cooled somewhat from what it was last year.

CICF was an enjoyable event overall. Now I have a quick turnaround in the office to get to the Central States Numismatic Society convention on Wednesday.

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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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