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CSNS Experiment Results Are In
May 03, 2010

The Central States Numismatic Society experiment regarding having a full day for Professional Preview attendees who pay $75 to get in has been judged a failure and the approach will be abandoned for next year's Chicago convention, Kevin Foley says.

Too many people who had come for the Professional Numismatist Guild Day on Wednesday did not like the idea of paying the admission charge on Thursday. They also did not like hanging around waiting until Friday, so they left.

Dealers who spent a large amount of time on Thursday twiddling their thumbs did not like it, either.

So, next year, the Professional Preview portion of the convention will see its hours cut back to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and public attendance will run from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on that day.

Trying to tweak the system is not necessarily a bad thing. Foley pointed out that this year's experiment was the result of previous dealer requests for more dealer-to-dealer time. CSNS tried to be responsive. It was responsive to the requests, but this apparently generated more counter requests that led to the changes to next year's schedule.

Central States closes on Saturdays, so I was up and out of the loading dock area by 3:45 p.m. and back to Iola by 6 p.m. on Saturday. It was nice to be home. The lawn was waiting.

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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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