St. Charles Show Report (MNSC)
Every year I go to the Missouri Numismatic Society Convention in St. Charles. The convention center hosts it every year and it is attached to the Embassy Suites. Very solid hotel. Rooms are always clean and the staff is always friendly. Open bar from 5-7 is always a good time, too.
This year I drove up Friday and spent the night. The show had roughly 130 dealers set up. I believe it boasts 150 but there were several dozen that weren't there or had left early. As one could guess, prices were high to take advantage of the current market. I usually see a lot of new early type material at this show, but it inventories seemed pretty low. The ones that did have the material made you pay through the nose. There was significantly less traffic compared to the past few years (I missed 2021 not even sure if they had it due to covid). By the time lunch time hit on Saturday, it was becoming a ghost town. I hated to see that as I usually see young folks and people new to the hobby milling around.
I did see a few familiar faces and a dealer from Iowa that had some coins I was hoping he didn't sell since the Winter FUN show. He still had them but dangit he raised his prices........ Can't blame him. Pass for now.
I noticed several always popular bullion dealers weren't swamped with people throwing money at them.
I also noticed and heard while eavesdropping that many dealers weren't budging on prices but the ones that were got a lot more business. I suppose that's normal but maybe exaggerated with the market the way it currently is.
I Was able to cherry (not really rare but still) a nice 1809 xxx O-102 in mid VF and paid way too much for a nicely toned coin. So even though it wasn't everything I had hoped and dreamed, getting out and looking at coins is never a bad time.
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