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Charmy's 2019 PORTLAND PNNA Coin Show Report w/Pics!

ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,387 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited November 4, 2019 10:40PM in U.S. Coin Forum

This will be a rather quickie show report since Baltimore is just around the corner. I love going to the Portland show since it's an easy 2 1/2 days, and is on my same coast which makes it a quick and easy flight. Plus Portland is a really pretty city with some great places to dine! In general, this is a much more relaxing show than most of the national shows I do, so I have time to walk around and check out everyone's inventory and chat with my dealer friends. It's never been a blockbuster show for me, but it's always worth it to participate and the PNNA folks do a great job catering to the dealers and public as well. (By the way, some of my photos will be smaller than usual because I'm having some technical difficulties transferring them to my computer.)

I left sunny and warm OC Friday morning, flew right over Catalina island on our way north, and landed in Portland around 10:30am. It was bright and sunny but very cold!

I was really surprised that I was able to check into the DoubleTree right away. So I settled in, then met my bff Cindi for lunch before set up opened at 3pm.

I tend to find a good selection of raw material at this show which is great for my raw inventory. But I was also pleased to find a scarce PCGS 1888/7 Indian cent.

After set up on Friday, we went to our favorite restaurant, Jake's Crawfish, in downtown Portland. It was yummy as usual! I had my usual Parmesan crusted sole and it was fabulous! I had a delicious glass of wine but I forgot to take a picture of the bottle!

When I got back to my room, I remembered this trick I saw on social media on how to keep the curtains in your hotel room from letting in the bright morning light - and it worked perfectly!

The show opened at 10am on Saturday morning and we were all pleased to see a large group of folks waiting to get in!

I quickly walked around and took some photos before the public was let in so you could get an idea of the size of the show.

Scott and Lisa Loos (the bourse chair)

Me all ready for business!

Once the public was let in, the show became quite busy.

Even though he doesn't collect pennies, forum member Brian/Meltdown stopped by to say hi!

After the show was over on Saturday, a ground of us just gathered at the hotel bar for dinner and drinks. We had such a great time relaxing and catching up withe each other, with lots of joking and laughing.

There was a table of folks who had a couple boxes of Voodoo donuts and as much as we tried to cajole them into parting with a couple of the coveted donuts, they wouldn't do it (and none of us could blame them!). So after some of us went to bed, we found out later that James and Mark ended up making a late night run over to Voodoo donuts and bought us a bunch of donuts to share in the morning. That was one of the highlights of the entire show!!!

I nabbed this yummy mini M&M covered donut!

As expected, Sunday was much slower so I walked around and stopped at some of the dealer's tables that I missed on Saturday, and found this awesome Indian cent error that I plan to add to my own collection!

Soon it was time for me to pack up and head home. Portland was pretty cold, mostly in the 40's and low 50's and they didn't turn on the heat in the convention room until Sunday, so I was really looking forward to getting back to warm SoCal!

Bye-bye beautiful Portland for now....

And waiting for me at home as usual is my cutey Penny!!

Next up: Baltimore next week, immediately followed by Palace Station Las Vegas show.

Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
President of Women in Numismatics


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

    Thanks for your show report @ThePennyLady!

  • OldIndianNutKaseOldIndianNutKase Posts: 2,641 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you so much for your Portland report. You always make me feel like I missed out on being there........


  • TwoKopeikiTwoKopeiki Posts: 9,379 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for the report. Sounds like a nice busy show.

    P.S. when did bacon on a doughnut become a thing?

  • giorgio11giorgio11 Posts: 3,738 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for your report as always, Charmy. Love the hanger on the shades trick! I always carry two clothespins for just that purpose.

    PS Great IHC error too!

    Kind regards,


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  • rickoricko Posts: 97,767 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report as always Charmy (although there was a notable lack of wine ;) )....Neat curtain trick too...Cheers, RickO

  • spacehaydukespacehayduke Posts: 5,038 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great show report, charmed as always! Brings me back to PDX and my days growing up in Oregon!

    Best, SH

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  • MeltdownMeltdown Posts: 8,371 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Always nice to see you Charmy. B)

  • BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 4,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    COIN SHOW ?!?!?!?

    I thought you would be out driving that Cali Mustang..... ;)

  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I gotta say I have never seen Bacon on a doughnut!

  • FredWeinbergFredWeinberg Posts: 5,587 ✭✭✭✭✭

    They make 'other' kinds of doughnuts too !

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  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,068 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome report! The Indian error and M&M donut really woke me up this morning! Thanks for the great report Charmy.


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  • goldengolden Posts: 8,510 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for your report. I will try the hanger trick.

  • segojasegoja Posts: 6,104 ✭✭✭✭

    Awesome fun time had by all, and the show was great as well

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 26,416 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love the 1888/7 indian head cent ( and the kitty to :) )

  • coinhackcoinhack Posts: 1,093 ✭✭✭✭

    I appreciate those who attend shows reporting what they see and sharing the experience with those of us who can't be there. And yours are always top drawer. Thank you as always, Charmy.

  • RockyMtnProspectorRockyMtnProspector Posts: 754 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @FredWeinberg said:
    They make 'other' kinds of doughnuts too !

    Yep, didn't know that until they opened a Voodoo Donuts in Denver. Lots of yummy varieties, but the line is always out the door!

    Thanks for your report, Charmy!

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  • MeltdownMeltdown Posts: 8,371 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Most of us long time Portlanders' don't bother with Voodoo doughnuts. They're decent but not great... much better shops in town for quality dougnuts without the line out the door.

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 21,417 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great show report as always! :)

  • kazkaz Posts: 8,916 ✭✭✭✭✭

    thanks for the report and all the pics!

  • FishproFishpro Posts: 361 ✭✭✭

    That was a great box of donuts on Sunday morning!

  • KkathylKkathyl Posts: 3,761 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 5, 2019 8:28PM

    You look fantastic as usual. I would love the opportunity to hang out with you and get your story about how you got into collecting and what motivates you to do so many shows. Your a great example of Woman becoming successful in an otherwise male dominated hobby.

    You had me at the Indian head error coin. Fantastic find. First I have seen Like that


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  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,387 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 5, 2019 9:14PM

    Kkathyl, thank you for the kind compliments - and I'd love to have some drinks with you any time! Part of what motivates me is that I just LOVE what I do! FYI, for anyone who is interested, the story of how I got started is on my website here:


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    President of Women in Numismatics

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

    Bacon on a donut is great!

    How about a cheeseburger sandwiched with donut halves?

    Basically all it is using a sweet bread bun...

  • OldIndianNutKaseOldIndianNutKase Posts: 2,641 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ThePennyLady said:
    Thank you everyone. We really had fun at this show, especially with James and Mark (who also happened to be my new neighbors at this show). And finding the brocksge error was icing on the cake!

    Bullsitter, actually my new red pony is getting some tender loving care at the radiator shop since these mustangs tended to need a larger and/or more efficient cooling system for all that horsepower. Then I have to finalize the registration process since Ford changed the location of the VIN on the mustang in 1968 and our DMV has bizarre rules about how they check for the VIN. So I now have to take it to a CHP to get it verified. Then you can bet I’ll be riding my little red pony all over SoCal!

    Charmy, You have now entered a new Universe with your spectacular car. In the car Universe there are no TPG's, but their are concours shows where judges will grade your car against others. And........ it will not be a problem if you have had a few "car doctors" fix a few cosmetic flaws. And you will be admired for your restoration. You might enjoy this diversion from the world of numismatics.


  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Why don't you hook up with her at the FUN show??

    @Kkathyl said:
    You look fantastic as usual. I would love the opportunity to hang out with you and get your story about how you got into collecting and what motivates you to do so many shows. Your a great example of Woman becoming successful in an otherwise male dominated hobby.

    You had me at the Indian head error coin. Fantastic find. First I have seen Like that


  • divecchiadivecchia Posts: 6,304 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As always a great show report!!!

    Thanks for sharing it.


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