MNS show report.
The Missouri Numismatic Society show is held each July at the St Charles Convention Center. The convention center is very nice and located next to I-70 with plenty of free parking.
I left home early Wednesday morning. After a few places of road construction and a few rest breaks, I arrived it the area in mid- afternoon.
Since the show did not open until noon on Thursday, I decided to have lunch at a Chinese buffet before the show. I have eaten there several times and it was always good. This time it was not good. I don't think that I will try it again.
I quickly got my name tag and was ready when the show opened. I went first to pick up a coin that I had purchased on the phone earlier in the week. The coin looked better in person. I was pleased. I then started around the floor. I stopped at the table of Grant Campbell. We had a nice conversation about the lack of availability of Dahlonega gold. While I was there Dimeman stopped by. We had a little chat.
I had almost finished the floor when I saw an 1838 Half Dollar in PCGS AU-58+ with a CAC sticker. I looked nice. It had a price sticker of $2900 on the back of the holder! The dealer said he would take $2750! That is about double any price guide. I just shook my head and left.
A few minutes later I saw an 1834 Large Cent in PCGS AU- 53. It looked very nice, and the price was ok. I have been looking for a 58 or maybe a 55 for a long time. I thought about the coin for a little bit but decided to wait a little longer for a 58.
One dealer had 15-20 PCGS 1909-S VDB's in his case. Another dealer had an original roll of Washington Carver Half Dollars priced at $595. I have not seen a roll of those in a long time.
I saw an 1813 Large Cent in PCGS XF-40 at another table. It was nice but priced beyond Moon money. I have priced coins at this dealer before and they are always super high. I will not stop and waste time at his table again.
Next, I went to look at auction lots at Scotsman Coin. I looked at 10 lots. I was really interested in one lot. It looked very good.
I made one more pass around the floor and found nothing to purchase. I headed back to the hotel.
On Friday morning I drove about 30 minutes to meet two of my cousins for breakfast. The breakfast and the conversation were very good. I next went back to the show and left a bid on the coin, in the auction, that I was interested in on Thursday.
I left the show and drove 2 hours to visit my cousins on their farm. I was not as hot there as it was in St Charles. We had a real nice visit. I left there and drove back to the convention center for the auction. I did not think I would be back in time for the lot that I wanted. I arrived about 35 lots before it came up. My bid was $300 to low. I did not raise my bid and did not win the lot.
On Saturday morning I had breakfast at the hotel before hitting the road. After several very slow places of road construction and a few rest breaks, I arrived home in mid-afternoon. Although I did not purchase anything, I still had a great time and got to visit with four of my cousins.