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Charmy's 2019 PITTSBURGH ANA NATIONAL MONEY SHOW REPORT w/lots of Pics!

ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited April 1, 2019 9:01PM in U.S. Coin Forum

With all the harsh weather the east has been getting lately, and the several flight issues I had last year around this time, I was a little apprehensive about traveling to the Pittsburgh show. But I was very pleasantly surprised to find out I didn't even need to bring my heavy coat. The weather in Pittsburgh was beautiful, as was the city itself with the three rivers and those hundreds of very cool bridges. The convention center was also one of the more open, well lit and architectually eye appealing convention centers I've been to. Overall, the show itself was on the soft side, with slow sales and a lower public attendance. That being said, I don' think I've been in a more friendlier town than Pittsburgh!

I left OC on Tuesday morning and, as usual, we flew out over the ocean before turning around and heading east. I never get tired of seeing the gorgeous Newport Harbor and the Orange County coastline from the air!

I had a connection in Denver, and must say that the view from the air of the snowy Colorado mountains was equally as amazing as the California coastline!

Flying from coast to coast, especially with a connection, is an all-day ordeal and leaves me drained at the end of the day. I finally arrived in Pittsburgh late Tuesday night, checked into my room, and went straight to bed.

Set up was Wednesday at 1pm, so I slept in before heading over to the convention center.

As I mentioned, the weather was beautiful and not too cold. I took this picture of the city from the walkway between the hotel and the convention center.

This is the pristine looking convention floor before all the kaos of dealer set up began. You can see how light the room is from the glass ceiling architecture.

The convention center is right on the river with some beautiful views of the river, bridges and the city.

The convention center was a bit of a maze, especially if you were coming from the hotel over the walkway, but at least the ANA had a lot of signage throughout the convention center so it was easy to find where the show was.

There was a large crown of dealers gathered around outside the door waiting to be let in.

After I set up my booth, I went over to the ANA museum area to see the amazing rarities on display.

Just before I left for the show, I acquired a complete registry set of MS64/65/66 brown Indian cents from one of my customers (including several key varieties). But I still had some specific coins I was looking for so, before I headed back to my table, I walked around show to see what other Pretty Pennies I could find. Also, throughout the afternoon, several of my favorite vest pocket dealers also stopped by to show me their "wares." And being a one-woman show, I very much appreciate it when dealers stop by my table and let me look through their boxes.

When things died down later in the afternoon, I opened a bottle of my very favorite wine that I had brought with me, Rombauer Zinfandel.

After the show ended on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists was hosting a wonderful dinner event at the LeMont restaurant, which included being entertained by the Washington Jazz Orchestra. They had a bus take everyone to the restaurant which is located up the hill overlooking the three rivers.

It was a really fun evening, with great food, a raffle and silent auction, and several guest speakers including U.S. Mint Director David Ryder.

This is me taking a picture of ANA photographer Rob Kelley taking pictures of the orchestra

Me and Abe Lincoln!

The silent auction items

I was bidding on the Caramel Crown Royal and Cuban cigars but when it got to $400, I had to bow out!

Guests

Speakers Dennis Boggs/Abe Lincoln who gave a great Lincoln-esque talk, and U.S. Mint Director David Ryder who gave a very informative talk and also announced that the Mint had no plans to stop minting the U.S. penny - yay!

Tom Uram, PAN President/ANA Governor

Towards the end of the evening, they announced winning raffle numbers, and I was lucky enough to win this little 1/10th ounce gold coin! It's the very first gold coin I've ever owned! Winning this coin was icing on the cake of an already wonderful evening!

Thursday the show opened to the public at 9:30am. I was pleased to have several folks stop by looking for pennies right off the bat! Thursday morning was my best selling day of the show! Also, I truly enjoyed chatting with several forum members who stopped by to say hi, and a few allowed me to take their picture for my show report.

Jim/Kranky

Ray/Raybob15239

Jeff/StrikeoutXXX (he stopped by on Friday)

By early afternoon, the public thinned out and the show slowed down quite a bit

There were several very interesting and creative exhibits by collectors in the Exhibit area. My favorite was this one by my friend Rod Gillis on Money of Monopoly. It included original stock certificates from the same businesses that are featured in the Monopoly game.

Another interesting exhibit was about the History of Nursing on pins and medals

After the show on Thursday, we went over to the Church Brew Works for dinner and drinks. According to Wikipedia, "The brewpub is located at 3525 Liberty Avenue in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The church building was originally built in 1902, and had been used as a church until 1993. Its doors opened as The Church Brew Works on August 1, 1996, after the building underwent extensive renovation, necessitated by years of lying dormant after being officially deconsecrated by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1993. In 2012, Pittsburgh Magazine named it one of the best breweries in Pittsburgh." In addition to the beautiful church architecture, the food and beer was delicious!

Being half Polish, I grew up on perogies so I just had to try theirs and they were amazing!

I also had a glass of their Quadroscope beer whih was slightly sweet and delicious!

And we all split one of their signature raisen and apple bread puddings

After we left the Church Brew Works, we headed over to the Rivers casino which was just across the river. We had a good time playing the Ultimate Texas Hold-Um game, and I was very happy that I ended up a few hundred dollars ahead by the end of the night!

When I woke up on Friday, it was raining.

This is the bourse floor before they let the dealers in

The U.S. Mint was set up at the show - these were taken before the public was let in.

They also set up a memorial library in honor of John Burns, a popular and beloved book dealer who passed away during a show a few years ago.

Typically, the show was not as busy on Friday, with very moderate traffic.

After the show on Friday, we headed over to Eddie V's for a steak/seafood dinner. Wow! What a wonderful dining experience we had there, with amazing food and a wonderful bottle of wine!

The lobster bisque was so tasty, as was the seabass and the filet (covered with bernaise and crab).

This very cool looking old building was right next to the restaurant.

We also saw the peddle cars filled with folks peddling like crazy and having a blast cruising down the street!

After dinner we headed over to the Ten Penny pub which we had heard about, so of course, we penny people had to check it out!

Soon it was time to call it a night.

On Saturday there were lots of families who came to the show, many of whom stopped by my table to ask about pennies they had found or inherited. Unfortunately, I had to advise most of them that the pennies they had wouldn't make them rich. However, a few people came by just to ask questions and learn about how to improve their collection. I gave them advice on learning to grade (I recommend "Making the Grade"), not cleaning their coins, don't buy damaged coins, etc.

Several people asked me about some anomaly they found on one of their coins like a repunched mint mark, doubling, a die chip or crack, etc. For folks who like to do roll searching, I always recommnd the "Cherry Picker's Guide" to help them determine which types of varieties might be worth hunting for.

One of the questions I get asked the most is what dates of coins should they be looking for that might be worth something. That's when I recommend they get "the Red Book" so they could determine which of their coins may be more valuable. Unfortunately (and unusually), there was no supply dealer at this show, so I advised these folks that they could find the books at Barnes & Noble or an online coin book website.

Soon it was time to pack up and head to the airport and beging the long journey home. Bye bye Pittsburgh until August 2020 when we return for the ANA WFM!

Hello my own sweet Pretty Penny!

Next up: The Santa Clara Show next week, then Central States in Schaumberg the end of April!

Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
President of Women in Numismatics
https://thepennylady.com/






Comments

  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 9,370 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome show report @ThePennyLady!

  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,881 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 1, 2019 6:29PM

    --Redacted-- (as approved by the AG.)

    ;)

  • MarkMark Posts: 3,430 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report. But that's to be expected! However, the pictures of Pittsburgh were particularly nice.

    Mark


  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 1, 2019 7:19PM

    :)

    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics
    https://thepennylady.com/






  • numbersmannumbersman Posts: 1,016 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 1, 2019 6:35PM

    You see....now I'm upset!...............that I wasn't there! What a great pictoral report, best I've seen.By the way,I will have the filet mignon.

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  • TiborTibor Posts: 2,345 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the report.

  • TheRavenTheRaven Posts: 4,102 ✭✭✭✭

    Very nice report.

    I knew the name at your table was familiar when I saw it Saturday, but I could not remember where. Was there with my son.

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  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,656 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report!

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  • BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 4,016 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice report as always.

  • OldIndianNutKaseOldIndianNutKase Posts: 2,453 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Of ALL of your show reports, I enjoyed this one the most........very educational with lots of things that I was blessed to learn. And your tour of Pittsburgh was a bonus.

    OINK

  • 3keepSECRETif2rDEAD3keepSECRETif2rDEAD Posts: 4,286 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pittsburgh PA; where churches turn into breweries...Lord help us all ;)

  • DCWDCW Posts: 5,449 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report, and it is always nice to see pictures of members here.

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  • CommemDudeCommemDude Posts: 1,955 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2, 2019 6:19AM

    Pittsburgh is now a vibrant city that has arisen from the ashes. Thanks for this great show report.
    It's a shame that more collectors did not attend this professionally-done show.

    Dr Mikey
    Commems and Early Type
  • maplemanmapleman Posts: 1,043 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report, great city.
    I can attest to le Mont as a fine resteraunt with fabulous views. Btw my wife is from the burgh.

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 11,024 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for another great depiction of the show :smile:

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  • keetskeets Posts: 25,165 ✭✭✭✭✭

    interesting.......................i actually saw a few pictures of a Coin Show in there. how'd that happen??

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  • spacehaydukespacehayduke Posts: 3,528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great show report thanks!

    Best, SH


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  • giorgio11giorgio11 Posts: 3,548 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for another great and fun report Charmy!

    Kind regards,

    George

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  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,220 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Always enjoy your reports.

    WS

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  • ElmerFusterpuckElmerFusterpuck Posts: 3,940 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice write up! It's been awhile since I've been to one of the ANA money shows; I always liked the exhibits at those.

    Not having a supply dealer is a pretty big flub by the show. Even the small local shows I go to have stuff like books and folders - I've seen people buy albums at shows and start collecting on the spot! Come on ANA, we should be better than this.

  • rickoricko Posts: 86,102 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report Charmy... as always... and that is a lovely Cabernet..... super pictures of Pittsburgh. Went to the NRA convention there about four or five years ago.... great food and really nice people...Oh yeah... and I got carded at one bar..... :D Cheers, RickO

  • sparky64sparky64 Posts: 6,824 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Excellent report as is your standard. Thank you.
    Nice to see some forum members.
    Pittsburgh is a very photogenic city.

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  • ashelandasheland Posts: 18,642 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report as always. :) I love the 1933 $10! :love:

  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 7,391 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fantastic report! Love the pics of the Steel City. Have never been there, but it sure looks cool.

    Church Brew Works? Totally awesome!!!

    Dave

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  • HighReliefHighRelief Posts: 3,598 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Super informative and delicious report, Charmy.

    Thanks for posting!

  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 7,490 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the excellent report!

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  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 12,487 ✭✭✭✭✭

    An excellent report as always. You do have the best show reports around. This one is sure no exception. I just LOVE the 33 Eagle and that 13 Liberty Nickel isn’t something ya get to look at everyday either.
    Thanks for sharing, Charmy👌🏻

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  • dave700xdave700x Posts: 52 ✭✭✭

    I always enjoy your show reports! Thank you.... :)

  • PhillyJoePhillyJoe Posts: 2,673 ✭✭✭

    Very nice report and fond memories. Back in 2004, there was a memorable World's Fair of Money in Pittsburgh. A lot of message board people attended and we made reservations for 40 at the Church Brew Works. Great beer, food and we passed a lot of coins around the tables. I remember that dinner more than anything that happened at the convention center.

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  • coinsarefuncoinsarefun Posts: 20,563 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What a great report Charmy. I truly felt I was along for the ride!!

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 24,204 ✭✭✭✭✭

    way cool report. I love the 1933 $10 liberty gold piece best with the stock certificates...….. best wishes all

  • coinhackcoinhack Posts: 1,040 ✭✭✭✭

    Thank you Charmy for another great report.

  • Wonderful report, as always. Made me feel like I was there (oh, I was there :) It was good talking to you also.
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  • shorecollshorecoll Posts: 5,360 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Imagine...a report that doesn't sound like it was written by an octogenarian dude. LOL.

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  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 4,767 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hard for me to add anything that has not been said already. Your show reports are almost just like being there. :)

  • LuxorLuxor Posts: 206 ✭✭✭✭

    Charmy, Is that John Highfill pictured in the grey sportcoat seated at the round table on the left side of the pic with everyone eating at the restaurant?

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  • carabonnaircarabonnair Posts: 1,234 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report and congratulations on your first gold coin! Smaller than a penny, but it's a start...

  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you everyone! I sincerely appreciate all your comments and kind words. As I mentioned, Pittsburgh was one of the most friendly and kindest cities I've been too and, even though I had a couple minor issues at the hotel, they bent over backwards to make everything right and make sure I was happy. For instance, when I arrived late Tuesday night, there was no tv remote in my room, no biggie at all. So I just called the front desk and they brought one up. When I got back to my room after the show the next day, there was a special glass bottle of water and a platter of nuts, berries and raisens with a kind note from the manager apologizing for the remote note being in the room! That kind gesture made my day!

    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics
    https://thepennylady.com/






  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 9,370 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ThePennyLady said:
    Thank you everyone! I sincerely appreciate all your comments and kind words. As I mentioned, Pittsburgh was one of the most friendly and kindest cities I've been too and, even though I had a couple minor issues at the hotel, they bent over backwards to make everything right and make sure I was happy. For instance, when I arrived late Tuesday night, there was no tv remote in my room, no biggie at all. So I just called the front desk and they brought one up. When I got back to my room after the show the next day, there was a special glass bottle of water and a platter of nuts, berries and raisens with a kind note from the manager apologizing for the remote note being in the room! That kind gesture made my day!

    It is the everyday small things of consideration of and for others that can make a long day great! :)

  • goldengolden Posts: 7,504 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for your great report. I remember the 2004 ANA show and look forward to the 2020 ANA show.

  • yspsalesyspsales Posts: 1,639 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Three things...

    I am always hungry after your reports...

    Your travel schedule is nothing short of amazing!

    Cool cat!

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  • RarityRarity Posts: 1,353 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for taking your time to upload the pictures. Greatly appreciated.

  • RarityRarity Posts: 1,353 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for taking your time to upload the pictures. Greatly appreciated.

  • thebigengthebigeng Posts: 6,334 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report. Thanks!

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