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Charmy's March 2022 Baltimore COIN SHOW REPORT w/lots of Pics!

ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,421 ✭✭✭✭✭

I'm so glad coin shows are back up and running! And the Baltimore show has always been a busy and fun show for me to attend and they do a great job organizing and making sure everyone has what they need. As many of you know, quality coins are going crazy right now, so it has been very difficult finding nice pieces at reasonable prices. I managed to buy several pieces, some at good prices, others not so much! I even bought a very tough rare 1888/7 S-1 Indian cent which I was very pleased to acquire for my inventory. I also found a couple very cool Indian cent errors for my personal collection. And of course, in addition to buying and selling coins, as usual, I enjoyed seeing my good friends, having some great food and wine and even playing at the Horseshoe casino!

So, I left Orange County's sunny skies on Tuesday - for noise abatement purposes, they take off west and fly over the ocean, then turn around and head back east. Viewing the coastline from the air is always a beautiful site!

After a long day, changing planes in Dallas, I finally got to Baltimore late Tuesday night, grabbed my bags, and my awesome regular driver was already there waiting to take me to my hotel.

The next morning I headed over to the convention center to do some business at the two dealer trading rooms where I spent a couple hours and ended up buying quite a few nice coins.

These are the coins I bought a the dealer trading rooms and throughout the show

I was also very excited to add two really neat error cents for my personal collection!

Stacks was also open for auction lot viewing

So after doing business in the trading rooms, I took my bags to security and headed to the Horseshoe Casino for a few hours.

I was playing this new poker game called Criss Cross

And the guy sitting right next to me got a Royal Flush and won over $30,000! Everyone was shocked since the odds are pretty low of that happening!

Then about an hour later, I got quads - that was very sweet (though not nearly as profitable as a Royal Flush), but I definitely was equally thrilled!

Later that evening I got together with my usual crew - Mark, Ron and Neil (and one newbie, John) for dinner at La Tavola in Little Italy

The food there is excellent, and so is the wine!

You know the food is good when you see other groups of dealers at the restaurant as well.

I stayed at the Sheraton which is attached to the convention center, so it's a short walk to the convention center.

I arrived for the 8 am dealer set up. There were lots of other dealers already waiting to get in.

I noticed my ad in the show program!

The doors opened to the public at noon and there was quite a group of folks who streamed in, and soon there was the welcomed buzz in the room.

In between customers, David stopped by my table to show me these interesting old certified coin cards for a 1922 Weak D

I always check with John Krajelvich to see if he found any interesting penny exonumia for me as he often has an envelope of goodies set aside for me, but unfortunately he said "not this time."

Curtis Mease of PCGS stopped by and gave me this beautiful commemorative medal

I stopped by the Stacks Bowers table and Wayne Berkeley, Brian Kendrella, and Vicken Yegparianto showed me some amazing coins they had on display that will appear in upcoming auctions.

Soon it was time to open up one of the bottles of wine I had brought - one of my favorites, Rombauer Zinfandel!

For dinner Thursday night we headed over to the Capitol Grille - another place that has amazing food. We had another new face in our crew - meet Anna, a relatively new female coin dealer who, like me, sets up on her own!

Their lobster bisque was one of the best I've had, as was their filet with oscar-style topping. And the wine we chose went perfectly with everyone's dinner!

I arrived at 9 when the show opened to the dealers - registration was ready to go and there was already a small group of collectors waiting to for the show to open to the public.

I took a few minutes before the public came in to take some photos around the bourse floor.

Jacob from Coin World

Guys working hard at PMG

NGC Crew

PCGS Folks!

Whitman Ladies

Doug/1Buffan stopped by to say hi

My longtime dealer friend Gary Galbo stopped by to say hi

A young man came by with a few Indian cent varieties he had cherry picked, including this super scarce 1888/7 Indian cent (S-1) in VG that I was very happed to buy from him!

Friday night of every Baltimore show is our "Black Olive" night. This time, part of our group (the folks from Sedgwick) could not be at the show so we had some new faces. Tom Reynolds and Brian Alty from Northeast Numismatics were able to join us.

We start with white wine upstairs, taking our time chatting and enjoying the wine while our host Dimitri tells us about the wines we'll be having.

He is the son of the owners and pretty much grew up in the restaurant business. We found some interesting articles about Dimitri and the restaurant on the wall.

Then we head down to the wine cellar where one large table is set up for us.

For someone like me who is not a seafood lover, their gilled octopus is outstanding! They even had a stuffed octopus that everyone said was amazing, though I wasn't quite up to giving that a try!

And for dessert, there is nothing better than the homemade walnut ice cream, accompanied by some amazing dessert wine!

Dimitri was once again a wonderful host and treated us like we were extra special. As usual, the food was great, the wine even better, and the company the best!

Saturday was the usual wind-down day, though I had a few decent sales. Then it was time to pack up and head to the airport. I flew through Dallas on the way to Baltimore, but flew through Denver on my way home. I always love flying over the Rockies, they are so majestic and beautiful.

I was exhausted when I arrived home, but so glad to be home with my hubby and of course Penny who seems to enjoy making my suitcase her cuddling spot!

Next up: the PNNA show in Seattle/Tukwila tomorrow, then Central States in a couple weeks!

Charmy HarkerThe Penny Lady®


  • silverpopsilverpop Posts: 6,559 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,236 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fantastic report, as usual! Love the error Indians.


    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
  • WQuarterFreddieWQuarterFreddie Posts: 2,406 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow! Fantastic report and a great tribute to Baltimore.

    I enjoyed reading about your experiences but my only regret is that you did not mention anything about the W quarters at the show!😂🤣

    Thank you for taking the time to post such a detailed report. I wish I collected cents😎

  • divecchiadivecchia Posts: 6,459 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As always a very nice show report. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.


    Hobbyist & Collector (not an investor).
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  • DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,384 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for the show pictures. Glad to see very few masks! Hopefully, that will continue.

  • MarkMark Posts: 3,512 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report as always.

    A question for you: Charmy, you purchased a zillion coins at the show. As I recall, I think you are relatively newish as a dealer. When you started out did you ever imagine or dream that you'd succeed as you have? In my opinion, what you have accomplished is, in a word, awesome.


  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 26,996 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All sorts of good stuff, wtg

  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,421 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Mark, thank you but I am not really new - I've been doing this for over 25 years, full time for more than15 years - and I still love it! And you're right in that I am pleased with where this has brought me - from the bit of success that I have to the friends I've made to the great enjoyment it brings me.

    Charmy HarkerThe Penny Lady®
  • MarkMark Posts: 3,512 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Charmy, compared to how long I have been collecting, you are sort of newish ... :) But, new or more "well-seasoned," I still find what you have accomplished awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.


  • CoinlearnerCoinlearner Posts: 2,455 ✭✭✭✭

    Another excellent show report,with the usual nice pictures for those of us that couldn't attend...Thanks :)

  • 1northcoin1northcoin Posts: 3,538 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As always a great report ---- and meals to match!

  • vulcanizevulcanize Posts: 1,339 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you.
    Great report as always and awesome pics.
    Ms. Dominic (sp?) at the PCGS table, seated second from left in your picture, was fantastic and extremely patient with my on site grading questions and other info (they did not have double holdering at the show for the two coin sets etc.).
    There were a couple of show photographers at 11 am on Friday taking pictures of that table when I was getting ready to submit the coins and the cheerful crew handled it very well even though they were all extremely busy.
    Had very interesting chat with Mr. Randy Campbell of ICG and Mr.Jim Neely of ANACS regarding fake trade dollars.
    And last but not the least, Mr. Leroy Smith, the guest relations manager at the Sheraton front desk was extremely helpful while I was trying to find a room there last minute. He went out of the way to set me up by contacting their sister hotels because they were sold out.
    Hope to meet you in person somewhere sometime.

  • DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,384 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ThePennyLady said:
    Mark, thank you but I am not really new - I've been doing this for over 25 years, full time for more than15 years - and I still love it! And you're right in that I am pleased with where this has brought me - from the bit of success that I have to the friends I've made to the great enjoyment it brings me.

    WOW! Time flies when you are having fun.

  • Herb_THerb_T Posts: 1,511 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for sharing, recently my wife and I were on a cruise playing Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em. We each had $10 on the blind, The community cards came up in this order, A hearts, King hearts and Queen hearts, then the final two cards were Jack hearts and 5 diamonds.

    My wife had the 10 hearts in her hand for a Royal flush, it paid 500:1 on the blind, she won $5000. She tipped the dealer $500. She was flying high the rest of the cruise. We have always said that we never saw one dealt…we have now and she won! Very exciting,

  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sorry I missed you Charmy as you had stepped away when I came strolling by. See you at the next show.


    Proud recipient of the coveted PCGS Forum "You Suck" Award Thursday July 19, 2007 11:33 PM and December 30th, 2011 at 8:50 PM.
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ThePennyLady ... Thank you for an amazing and thorough report. Great pictures of coins, the show, the people, the food and - of course - the wine. I always look forward to, and enjoy your great reports Charmy. Thanks again, Cheers, RickO

  • 1Bufffan1Bufffan Posts: 603 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for your excellent report as always, it was a pleasure to meet you and say Hi.

  • AlexinPAAlexinPA Posts: 1,458 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 7, 2022 6:07AM

    Thanks for another one of your outstanding reports. Those meals look great too.

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the report, I like those IHC errors. :)

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  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,117 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 7, 2022 9:11AM

    Your reports always make me feel like I am in attendance.
    Glad it was a success for you.
    Thanks again for the food and wine reports as well.
    I seem to put on a little extra pounds viewing the servings.
    I would have loved to try that stuffed octopus.
    It is so nice to see that shows are a lot more than just coins for you.
    The camaraderie that you share is priceless.
    Thanks again.

    Kennedys are my quest...

  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 31,831 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 7, 2022 11:41AM

    A Unicorn! Another female dealer!

    Do you have any more info to share? specialty? d/b/a name? Get an invite to the Forum? etc!

    Current maintainer of Stone's Master List of Favorite Websites // My BST transactions
  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,158 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report!

  • pcgscacgoldpcgscacgold Posts: 2,505 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report and thanks for posting all of the photos. Nice to put names with faces. Your reports always leave me wanting to go out to each and have some adult beverages.

  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,662 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the report, Charmy!!

    Great as always.....

    “I may not believe in myself but I believe in what I’m doing” ~Jimmy Page~

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  • logger7logger7 Posts: 7,765 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Who needs "Lifestyles of the rich and famous" when we have your reports, Charmy? The finest aged wines, the best cuisine Baltimore has to offer, the finest classic coins, you have some of the best eyes in the business! Makes me regret I didn't make the trip to share in all the action.

  • bigmarty58bigmarty58 Posts: 1,987 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Charmy - Thank you for another excellent show report :)

    Enthusiastic collector of British pre-decimal and Canadian decimal circulation coins.
  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 7,204 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Another well rounded report. I too liked seeing the Ind. Hd. Cent errors.

    Successful transactions:Tookybandit. "Everyone is equal, some are more equal than others".
  • NumisOxideNumisOxide Posts: 10,939 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Another awesome report!! Thank you Charmy!

  • morgandollar1878morgandollar1878 Posts: 3,980 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report, thanks for sharing!

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  • spacehaydukespacehayduke Posts: 5,059 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report! Liked seeing a bottle of Patricia Green white. PG was the first (and only?) Oregon winery to get a 100 point wine on one of their Pinot Noirs. Try their red pinots, they are simply the best............ They go well with indian cents. ;)

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  • spirityoda1spirityoda1 Posts: 272 ✭✭✭✭

    Do you come to Vegas anymore ?

    Coin Junky...

  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,421 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, I was just there last month. Will be back in August at the Palace Station.

    Charmy HarkerThe Penny Lady®
  • spirityoda1spirityoda1 Posts: 272 ✭✭✭✭

    I will see you then. I am mostly into world coins.

    Coin Junky...

  • tommy44tommy44 Posts: 2,157 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report as usual, thank you for posting.

    it's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide

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