Charmy's CENTRAL STATES COIN SHOW Report w/Tons of Pics!!!

ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭
Ever since missing the Baltimore show, I had been having “coin show withdrawals” so I was especially looking forward to this show!

Whenever I leave for a show, I check the weather reports so I know what kind of clothes to bring. I checked the Chicago weather report about 10 days before I would leave and it indicated the weather would be in the 70’s so I was happy not to have to bring heavy clothing. But then another check a few days later showed a drastic change – it would be in the 40’s and 50’s! So I forget about taking the capris and sandals and pack the warmer clothes and jackets!

Set up for the show was Wednesday morning so I left beautiful Orange County on Tuesday.

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A few hours later, we were landing in sunny Chicago!

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After landing, I took a cab to the hotel and got settled into my room.

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I then headed down to The Gather bar at the hotel for a bite to eat where I ran into several other coin dealers who had gotten there that day too. I was introduced to cheese curds which were delicious!

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After a few hours of relaxing and chatting with some friends, I went over to the convention center and registered for my badge so I wouldn’t have to do that in the morning and stand in line. Then Rick and I headed over to the casino in Elgin for some poker!


Got up early on Wednesday and headed over to the show for set up. There was quite a line of dealers waiting to register so I was indeed glad I took care of that the day before!

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Kevin Foley and Mitch Ernst did a great job manning the Message Center table!

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After setting up my table, I headed over to the exhibit area to set up my Penny Potpourri exhibit. Wow, there were over 300 cases of exhibits – I had never seen so many exhibits at one show before!

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After setting up my booth and my exhibit, I was exhausted already! Standing and bending over cases for a solid 5 hours made me feel old and creaky! But I was still ready to do some selling and buying, and buying I did. I found some great coins, including more beautifully toned coins than I’ve had in a long time (photos are posted below). I did quite a bit of business during set up day, so I was looking forward to a nice glass of wine!

We decided to have dinner in the city since Rick had a car, but unfortunately, we left during rush hour and hit heavy traffic. My buddies Ron and Matt in the back seat! Matt was dubbed “Map Matt” since he used his phone to guide us through the side streets.

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We decided to take surface streets instead. Along the way, we passed this very large cemetery with huge grave markets and crypts.

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We also passed by the Radio Flyer factory with a huge Radio Flyer wagon in front but I didn’t get a photo of it before we drove by it.

Ahhhh – Chicago!

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By the time we got into the city, we were all very hungry so we decided to just stop at the first nice restaurant we could find – and it didn’t take long to find one! We settled on Ristorante Centro (a Rosebud Restaurant) and WOW, we definitely lucked out!

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We all agreed that this was one of the best restaurants we’ve been to. The food was amazing, from the bread, to the appetizers, to the main course. We didn’t even have room for dessert but we had no doubt it would have been delicious.

This is their imported burrata with heirloom tomatoes – it’s a soft cheese ball with an even creamier cheese in the middle that they cut open and spread out. It was wonderful!!!

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Ron usually picks our wine, and he never disappoints with his choices. We had two bottles of this wonderful LeVolte Italian wine!

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Their specialty was spaghetti and meatballs which they touted as “the best spaghetti and meatballs ever.” Matt and Rick decided to try them, and they both agreed they were the best spaghetti and meatballs they ever had!

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I had their orecchiette with sausage and rapini – mmmmmmmm! I had more than enough left for two lunches the next day.

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Ron had their sea bass piccata which was my second choice

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After the long day of set up, and a wonderful meal and fantastic wine, I was ready to go back to the hotel and climb into my comfy bed and call it a night. But when we got outside the restaurant, the boys noticed there was a Howl and the Moon dueling piano bar just two doors down, and even though it’s one of my favorite night spots, they seriously had to talk me into going for “just an hour or so.”

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Well, once inside, with the music playing, the beer flowing, and such a fun atmosphere, I was having a great time!

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Me and Matt

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Rick

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Ron and the cute waitress

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Lefthand beer

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These are the little slips you fill out for whatever song you want them to play. This was Matt’s pick

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This song is always one of my picks!

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I guess we were getting a little silly because they even thought my cellphone cover was really cool!

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The mirror ball!

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After a couple hours, they finally had to drag me out of there, and I was very glad we didn’t stay even longer because I had an 8am WIN (Women in Numismatics) meeting the next morning and knew it was already going to be hard for this west coast gal to get up that early!


As I expected, Thursday morning came way too early! But I made it to my WIN board meeting on time. Right after our board meeting was our WIN general meeting.

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Our guest speaker was Allen Mincho, Director of Currency Auctions at Heritage Auctions who gave a very interesting talk on National Bank Notes.

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After the meeting, I headed over to the show. I was happy to see there was a nice crowd waiting to get in.

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Soon after I arrived, a dealer who knows how much I love toned coins, offered me 4 coins – all of which were the most beautifully toned, stunning coins I have had the pleasure of seeing, especially the 1872 and the 1877 PCGS MS65 BN Indian cents. I quickly snatched them up, and was very proud to show them off to other toned copper lovers. Well, it didn’t take long before one of those other toned copper lovers wanted to snatch them up from me. So the 1877 and 1872 PCGS MS65 Indian cents quickly found a new home! I was happy with the deal, and the new owner was very happy as well.

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I also bought this gorgeous proof from a collector who also loves toned copper

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And this very vibrant 1886 Type 1 Indian cent

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And this very pretty Lincoln error is for my personal collection

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When I had a chance, I went over to see my friend and fellow Summer Seminar classmate Mitch Ernst’s “The Sower” exhibit. It was an extraordinary exhibit, and so well done. Mitch won first in his class and Best New Exhibitor for this amazing exhibit!

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That afternoon, one of my favorite Chicago friends and forum member known as Mike Noodle, brought me a much appreciated great bottle of wine!

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Another good friend, Taryn, the Long Beach show coordinator, also stopped by to say hi.

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Forum member Chris/Fishteeth stopped by to say hi

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This is Ryan Moretti of Stacks Bowers

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Thursday evening we held our first WIN social mixer at The Gather and had a great turn out, including several men!

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Me and our WIN VP Amanda!

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On Friday morning, I also attended another breakfast meeting at 8am, this one was for various club representatives. Our WIN publicity board member, Kathy Freeland, was presented with the ANA’s “Points of Numismatic Light” award for her passion and dedicated service to numismatics

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I also got a chance to view more exhibits. I really liked this one on old savings coin banks.

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David Lange at the NGC table

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Mandy at the ANACS table

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Dealers Lou Rasera and Doug Bird

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PCGS folks!

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And here are many of the coins I purchased during this show!

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Jim McNally (friend of forum member Crisman)

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Fly-In Club members Rick, me, Dave Noble, and Scott Kryzenski

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The Stacks booth was just up the aisle from me, and I noticed at the end of the day they were taking down their big huge sign

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After the show, I took some photos around the Renaissance Hotel

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The hallway from the hotel to the convention center

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The most fragrant orchids I’ve ever smelled!

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The front of the convention center

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Then I headed over to the exhibitor’s dinner at Maggiano’s Restaurant sponsored by CSNS. It was a fantastic dinner!

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Rick and Fran Lockwood, the exhibit chair

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ANA President Walter Ostromecki and me

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Mitch Ernst and his family

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Emily (Mitch’s daughter) and Abe Lincoln

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After dinner, I stopped by The Gather at the hotel and ran into these folks – Mike (Noodle), Matt (Lost Dutchman), Evan, and Brian

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Saturday morning I again had to get up early for another event – this time is was 7:30am for the exhibitor awards breakfast.

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Here are Ray Lockwood, Mitch Ernst, and another CSNS board member presiding over the event

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The awards

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Mitch receiving his first in class award for his The Sower exhibit

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I guess my lucky streak ran out because one of the class judges who judged my exhibit didn’t like it and gave me a very low score, so I didn’t win an award at this show. I had been used to getting scores in the 90’s and was quite disheartened by this one judge’s score which also knocked me out of contention for the best in show award, but – oh well, you just can’t please everyone….

The show was relatively slow on Saturday but I had one big sale that, in addition to the toned coins deal, made my show. A collector had stopped by my table on Friday with a very nice high end partial Indian cent set. He asked me if I thought he should sell it or complete it. I told him that he had chosen very nice quality pieces, that I’d be happy to buy them from him, but if it were my set, honestly I’d complete it because he had already made such a great start and obviously had good taste – but it all depended on whether he still had an interest and desire in doing so. He said he would go home and think about it.

So Saturday early afternoon he shows up at my table and said he had decided to complete the set and wanted me to help him. Of course, I was thrilled to help him and asked him where he wanted to start. He wanted to complete the first page of copper nickel cents, so I showed him several pieces that I thought would fit in with the ones he already had, and he ended up buying all of them! Then he said he also wanted to buy a nice 1877. I happened to have one in PCGS MS63 BN that he really liked, and he bought that one too!

So after that, it was time to pack up and head home. When I got to the airport, I grabbed a bit to eat and a nice pre-flight margarita at a bar right across from my gate. I knew Nina and Ian Russell were on my same flight and they soon showed up and joined me. He’s me and Nina hamming it up!

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Getting ready for take off

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And here’s me cozy in my seat and so happy to be heading home!

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Bye-bye Chicago

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Hello Orange County!

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Overall it was a very busy show for me, with lots of business buying and selling, as well as all my WIN club and exhibit meetings. Even though Schaumburg and Rosemont are on the outskirts of Chicago, it is definitely worth it to go into the city and experience what Chicago has to offer. I never felt unsafe, didn’t see or hear about any thievery at or around the show, had some amazing food and wine, and met and hung out with some great people. I definitely will look forward to coming back to Chicago in August!
Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
President of Women in Numismatics

ThePennyLady.com
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Comments

  • segojasegoja Posts: 5,768 ✭✭✭
    Awesome!!!

    It was a great show!

    Busy with lots and lots of deals
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  • ldhairldhair Posts: 6,228 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great report Charmy.
    Larry

  • Great report as usual, Charmy! I'm still drooling over that awesome 1877 IHC!
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  • mariner67mariner67 Posts: 2,683 ✭✭✭
    Thank you Charmy for yet another great report....love all the photos...it is like being there!
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  • 123cents123cents Posts: 7,428 ✭✭✭
    Great report and photos Charmy!
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  • OldIndianNutKaseOldIndianNutKase Posts: 1,471 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks, Charmy. I have come to think that your reports are really better than being there.

    OINK
  • ebizgobroebizgobro Posts: 521 ✭✭
    Charmy

    Another great show report.
    I dropped by your table to say hello and saw your exhibit (great as always).
  • FadeToBlackFadeToBlack Posts: 6,478 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great report. That 1877 is to die for, you always get the best coins.
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>Great report as usual, Charmy! I'm still drooling over that awesome 1877 IHC!
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    Thank you - Believe me, I am too!




    << <i>Great report. That 1877 is to die for, you always get the best coins. >>



    Anyone who has seen my personal collection knows how much I love toned copper so I think some of them seek me out when they want to sell theirs.
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    President of Women in Numismatics

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  • ShamikaShamika Posts: 18,569 ✭✭✭✭

    Great report and with the pictures it was almost like I was there. I'm sure you're a hoot Charmy.




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  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,212 ✭✭✭✭
    Great report.

    I like that 1877 too.image
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  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 5,399 ✭✭✭
    Super show report, Charmy, as usual.

    Wonderful pics, as well. You do a wonderful job of telling a story.

    Love the wonderfully toned 1877. That one didn't last long!

    Dave
    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
  • Great report as always. Feel like I was there.
  • kazkaz Posts: 6,100 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks for another great report, makes me feel like I was there, almost. As usual, it made me hungry...
  • curlycurly Posts: 2,930
    Another good report. I always look forward to them.
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  • Shrub68Shrub68 Posts: 170 ✭✭
    I got to see the 77 and the 72 in hand. The 72 was equally as stunning. I tried to buy them both, but with no luck. I grade them both as 66's and I think the new owner did also!
  • etexmikeetexmike Posts: 6,929 ✭✭✭
    Another great show report Charmy. I look forward to every one.


    Mike
  • Now I feel I belong with the cool guys. I was included in one of Charmy's pictures. Perhaps some day she will identify me in the picture.
  • CasmanCasman Posts: 3,960
    Awesome show report. Nice to see that my buddy and forever member of the "A" team made it to the show. Here's one of his show pics, from the otherside of the camera...

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  • Great report :-)
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  • rickoricko Posts: 52,642 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Marvelous report Charmy and some nice wines (that is important).... the Italian food looked especially delicious... Cheers, RickO
  • CMCARTCMCART Posts: 2,406 ✭✭✭
    Great report as usual - thanks image
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  • BWRCBWRC Posts: 1,445 ✭✭✭

    Great report,

    Great coins!

    Good to see you at the show.
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  • goldengolden Posts: 4,348 ✭✭✭✭
    Great report as always.
    You missed taking photos of the geese outside by the little lake. When I left on Friday there were two sunning themselves on the grass. They were having a conversation:
    Male: I sure am glad that it is finally warming up after that terrible Winter.
    Female: Maybe next time you will listen to me when I tell you that we need to fly to Florida for the Winter.image
  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 5,171 ✭✭✭
    Not only do I enjoy these reports, but Charmys' is better than any article on the same show found in any numismatic publication!

    Thanks again for the time it takes to put these reports together.

    WS
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  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>Not only do I enjoy these reports, but Charmys' is better than any article on the same show found in any numismatic publication!

    Thanks again for the time it takes to put these reports together.

    WS >>



    Bob, thank you so much! While I do enjoy taking photos of my adventures, it does take a lot of time (and patience), but it's because of people like you and all the other forum members who take a moment to let me know they read them, that I continue putting these reports together. image
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    President of Women in Numismatics

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 16,621 ✭✭✭✭
    nice indians ya got there charmy, i like
  • RollermanRollerman Posts: 1,274 ✭✭✭
    Hi Charmy,
    Hope you read the threads you start, this way you will know who Bix Biederbecke is (a great horn player of the 20's).
    It was nice to see you at the CSNS show and enjoyed your display very much also!
    Best regards,
    Pete
    "Ain't None of Them play like him (Bix Beiderbecke) Yet."
    Louis Armstrong
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>Hi Charmy,
    Hope you read the threads you start, this way you will know who Bix Biederbecke is (a great horn player of the 20's).
    It was nice to see you at the CSNS show and enjoyed your display very much also!
    Best regards,
    Pete >>



    Pete, thank you - and it was very nice seeing you at the show. I enjoy jazz music so I Wiki'd Bix to learn more about him. Looks like he was a very influential jazz soloist and unfortunately died very young. I'll have to track down some of his music and give it a listen!
    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics

    ThePennyLady.com
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  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 14,994 ✭✭✭✭✭
    <<it would be in the 40’s and 50’s! So I forget about taking the capris and sandals>>

    That has never stopped Todd from wearing his……………..

    MJ
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  • DIMEMANDIMEMAN Posts: 13,592 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great report Charmy! Wish I could have made it!

    Love those 1872 and 1877 IHC!!!! Very pretty......makes me want to give up Dimes!image
  • fishteethfishteeth Posts: 1,900 ✭✭✭
    nice report, it was nice to have some time to talk and learn a little about copper coins
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  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭
    Fishteeth, it was very nice chatting meeting and chatting with you!

    lowcountry, I hadn't had the Jordan before, but it was yummy and I definitely will add it to my list to have again!


    Next up - I'm headed to the PNNA Tukwila/Seattle show later this week, so look for another report in a week or so!
    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics

    ThePennyLady.com
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  • CoinHuskerCoinHusker Posts: 5,080 ✭✭✭
    Charmy, it was great seeing you, having dinner with you and Rick and getting a chance to spend some time with you again. Thanks for the great report and the pictures. That one of my family and I is a keeper.
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  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 21,313 ✭✭✭✭
    They grade on a set criteria. What aspects were you dinged on, pun intended?

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  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>They grade on a set criteria. What aspects were you dinged on, pun intended? >>



    Having exhibited at several shows now, I certainly understand how the exhibits are scored, but just as in coins, their scoring and opinions are obviously subjective. Otherwise, there wouldn't have been such an extreme variance in the scores between this one judge and the other judges who have judged my exhibit - including all the other shows where I've displayed my exhibit and have been awarded either Best in Show (FUN, Long Beach, Houston) or runner up to Best in Show (both ANA's). I'm just chalking this experience up to a very sour judge.
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    President of Women in Numismatics

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  • MarkMark Posts: 3,113 ✭✭✭
    Each time I read one of your reports I think "That was the best ever. She will never be able to top it." But then you post a new report and I know I was wrong because the new report is the best ever. And this report is no exception; it is your best ever...until you inevitably top it with your next one! In all honesty, I think your show reports are one of the three or four threads I like the most. Thanks so much for the time and effort!
    Mark



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  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>Charmy, it was great seeing you, having dinner with you and Rick and getting a chance to spend some time with you again. Thanks for the great report and the pictures. That one of my family and I is a keeper. >>



    Mitch, it was truly my pleasure seeing you again since the Summer Seminar and it was great meeting and having dinner with your wonderful family. They are a treasure and you are very lucky. I hope to see you in a few months in Rosemont!
    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics

    ThePennyLady.com
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  • AuroraBorealisAuroraBorealis Posts: 3,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great report Charmy... Love the 77 and looks like some awesome food...

    ABimage
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>Each time I read one of your reports I think "That was the best ever. She will never be able to top it." But then you post a new report and I know I was wrong because the new report is the best ever. And this report is no exception; it is your best ever...until you inevitably top it with your next one! In all honesty, I think your show reports are one of the three or four threads I like the most. Thanks so much for the time and effort! >>



    Mark, that was a really really nice compliment - thank you so much!
    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics

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  • BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 1,508 ✭✭✭✭
    Nice report and thanks for making me hungry.

    I'll have 2 of these, please.

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  • northcoinnorthcoin Posts: 4,164 ✭✭✭
    Thanks again for another great report. Was the Casino in Elgin still on the river boat that has to leave shore before the gambling can begin? Interesting that a town once known for its time pieces has had to adapt to changing times. Also glad to see you made it into the Loop even with your tight schedule.
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>Thanks again for another great report. Was the Casino in Elgin still on the river boat that has to leave shore before the gambling can begin? Interesting that a town once known for its time pieces has had to adapt to changing times. Also glad to see you made it into the Loop even with your tight schedule. >>



    The casino in Elgin was on the river boat but I don't know anything about it having to leave shore. I think the fact that it was on the water was sufficient to abide by their gambling ordinance.


    So next up is the PNNA Tukwila show (Seattle) later this week, and yes I'll be doing a report for that show too.

    Then the following week I'm trying a new show in Denver - Denver Coin Expo!
    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics

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  • ebizgobroebizgobro Posts: 521 ✭✭
    I had the chance to see and speak to Charmy at the show. Again great report and great exhibit by Charmy!

    Charmy went to the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.
    Originally all Illinois Casinos were on riverboats that had to sail, even if this boat sailed only 1000 yards.

    Illinois changed the law some years back because of competition from Iowa and Indiana. People wanted to come and go whenever they wanted.
    If the riverboat sails, you are stuck on the boat until it docks.

    The riverboats in Illinois are now floating platforms anchored to the dock. This allows people to board and leave whenever they choose.

    edited for misspelling.
  • CoinHuskerCoinHusker Posts: 5,080 ✭✭✭


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    << <i>Charmy, it was great seeing you, having dinner with you and Rick and getting a chance to spend some time with you again. Thanks for the great report and the pictures. That one of my family and I is a keeper. >>



    Mitch, it was truly my pleasure seeing you again since the Summer Seminar and it was great meeting and having dinner with your wonderful family. They are a treasure and you are very lucky. I hope to see you in a few months in Rosemont! >>



    I'm hoping that it works out. If it does, I'm hoping notlogical joins me.

    Thanks for the heads up about switching browsers. image
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