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Charmy's 2017 PNNA PORTLAND COIN SHOW REPORT w/lots of Pics!

ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited October 24, 2017 11:02PM in U.S. Coin Forum

This PNNA show in Portland is a very nice regional show and I enjoy being able to spend a little time in beautiful lush green Portland. I took a morning flight out of Orange County since set up wasn't until 3pm on Friday. I loved seeing all the pretty fall colors of the trees.

I checked into the DoubleTree, where the show is held, settled into my room, then went to the conference center for set up at 3pm. After I set up my table, I walked around the bourse floor to shop for inventory. I have a few favorite dealers that I can usually find some quality raw material, and I found lots of pieces at this show!

I also bought a few inexpensive slabbed pennies for my inventory as well.

After set up, we went to a mixed Asian restaurant and enjoyed a tasty very reasonable dinner and appetizers!

I got up early and enjoyed seeing the rain and beautiful colors of the trees outside my window!

The show opened to the public on Saturday morning and the room soon filled up and became quite crowded.

When things slowed down, I visited my favorite Conder token dealer, Gary Groll. He showed me this extremely rare beautiful token (and I forgot to get the D&H number). I would have liked to take it home with me but it was a little pricey and I have other goals right now.

I did, however, give in and bought a couple very cool penny exonumia pieces. This is an Indian cent frying pan from the 1901 Pan Am Expo in Buffalo, New York. I have a couple other frying pans but this one is unique in that it has a very deep pan compared to the typical penny frying pans.

A gentleman came up to my table and told me he was specifically hoping to find me since he had found this interesting 1900 political token at an estate garage sale and he knew I had a similar one in my collection. The one I have has McKinnley and Roosevelt on one side - they were the Republican nominees in 1900 who won the election.

And the cool thing is that his charm was the counter-part to my charm with William Jennings Bryan, the Democrat nominee who lost the 1900 election. Even though his charm has a slight condition issue, I believe it to be more rare than mine since no one really cared to save the charm that had the loser on it!

We ended up making a mutually agreeable deal, and now I am very pleased to have this pair of wonderful counterpart political charms in my exonumia collection!

After the show, we went to our very favorite restaurant in all of Portland - Jake's Crawfish!

This is our very entertaining waiter

This is our group, Cindi and Steve, and James Sego, his wife and wife's friend.

Cindi and I decided to have one of their specialty drinks instead of wine. It was a martini with grapefruit juice and mint, and it was awesome!

Cindi and I split their special dinner that included appetizers, main course, and dessert. We also had the same dish we always have, parmesan nut crusted sole, which was delicious as usual!

Their assortment of desserts is especially amazing!

WE had a great time and the food was once again fantastic!

Sunday morning the rain had mostly stopped, though it was still overcast. When I arrived at the show, I was very surprised to see that Cindi had been busy decorating my table for my birthday, which is this week. She also got me this special kitty wine purse which has insulation inside to keep wine cool, with a hole on the side of the purse for a spigot.

As is typical, Sunday was much slower than Saturday though there was still a decent crowd. I saw a few forum members at the show and it was nice to see Bryan/Meltdown who took a minute to stop by and let me take his picture for this report.

Soon it was time to pack up to catch my 2-hour flight back home. I was pleasantly surprised to sail through TSA both coming and going from the Portland airport. They had already seen a lot of bags with coins and knew that's what was in my bags, so they just let them go through with no special screening! So I had some extra time to kill and decided to grabb a nice glass of Washington wine with my lunch.

Soon I was on the plane and taking off from beautiful Portland.

We flew right over Yosemite - you can see Half Dome in this picture.

Hello Orange County!

Overall the show was okay, I had good sales on Saturday but Sunday there were more people just looking. However, I was very pleased to be able to fill some holes in my raw inventory, as well as pick up a coupe of great exonumia items for my own collection. So overall, it was a successful show for me.

As always, it was good to be home with my hubby and sweet Penny!

Next up: the Whitman Baltimore show in early November, then Las Vegas show in early December!

Charmy HarkerThe Penny Lady®


  • jtlee321jtlee321 Posts: 2,355 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 24, 2017 11:14PM

    Nice write up as always!! I saw you there, but did not get a chance to stop and say hello. I'll try next time. :)

  • alohagaryalohagary Posts: 2,762 ✭✭✭✭

    Great report

  • howardshowards Posts: 1,239 ✭✭✭

    Way more pictures of food than coins! Nice food, though - M(eal)S(ervice) 70!

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As per usual, a great report for those of us that were not in attendance, thanks :smile:

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  • ldhairldhair Posts: 7,119 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fun report.


  • giorgio11giorgio11 Posts: 3,818 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Charmy, I think that rare Conder token would be Middlesex-Skidmore's-DH-482 or 482a, one of the very rare 480-519 issues per D&H. Thanks for the report, as always!

    Kind regards,


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  • MeltdownMeltdown Posts: 8,661 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It was nice to see you. Jakes crawfish place is excellent, good choice!

  • spacehaydukespacehayduke Posts: 5,468 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report! Nice to see that PDX is a coin town. However, I don't miss the weather that I grew up with there that your images show. Yesterday was 75, sunny and low humidity here in the south of Tejas. I'll take it!

    Best, SH

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Excellent report Charmy - as always..... a tad light on wines this time though. ;) That Conder token was a beauty.... Cheers, RickO

  • shorecollshorecoll Posts: 5,445 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You went to a crawfish restaurant and no one had crawfish? Sheesh!!!

  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,676 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Happy Birthday!

    The Hawaii show was about the same size, but likely less traffic. No show report, though.

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  • CascadeChrisCascadeChris Posts: 2,516 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Happy birthday Charm! Nice report as usual. And now you have the perfect pan to fry up some quail eggs! :yum:

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  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,671 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report! I love that Pan-American frying pan! :smiley:

  • KccoinKccoin Posts: 1,086 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Happy Birthday. Nice Penny purse :smiley:

  • jtlee321jtlee321 Posts: 2,355 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @spacehayduke said:
    Great report! Nice to see that PDX is a coin town. However, I don't miss the weather that I grew up with there that your images show. Yesterday was 75, sunny and low humidity here in the south of Tejas. I'll take it!

    Best, SH

    She was lucky she did not come a couple of days earlier. We had a tornado touch down just southeast of the city. It was a rough weather day. We are back into the sun and highs near 70 again. :)

  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Happy Birthday, Charmy! Great report. Wish I could have made it down from Seattle. Love funky Portland, OR.


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  • MarkMark Posts: 3,522 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Whenever I see one of your reports in a thread, I dig out the aspirin because I know when I am done I will be grinning so hard it hurts!! Thanks VERY much for your report.


  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,889 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 25, 2017 12:12PM

    Happy Anniversary of your 29th Birthday @ThePennyLady !

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  • goldengolden Posts: 9,040 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice report. Thanks.

  • dpooledpoole Posts: 5,940 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice report as usual, Charmy! And Happy Birthday!

  • GoldbullyGoldbully Posts: 16,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Another great report.

    Baked this cake just for you and Penny Kitty.

  • tommy44tommy44 Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great report as usual. If it wasn't for the opportunity to buy coins I wouldn't have to attend another show. I could just read your reports. :p

    Happy Birthday!

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  • segojasegoja Posts: 6,112 ✭✭✭✭

    Awesome report. Great show and even better company for dinner....as always!!!

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  • ChrisRxChrisRx Posts: 5,619 ✭✭✭✭

    I LOVE Portland. Great food, awesome summers, and friendly people.

  • spacehaydukespacehayduke Posts: 5,468 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jtlee321 said:

    @spacehayduke said:
    Great report! Nice to see that PDX is a coin town. However, I don't miss the weather that I grew up with there that your images show. Yesterday was 75, sunny and low humidity here in the south of Tejas. I'll take it!

    Best, SH

    She was lucky she did not come a couple of days earlier. We had a tornado touch down just southeast of the city. It was a rough weather day. We are back into the sun and highs near 70 again. :)

    A tornado? That never happened in all my early days growing up in the Tualatin Valley - Yikes :#

    Best, SH

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  • coinhackcoinhack Posts: 1,131 ✭✭✭✭

    Love your reports. It's like being there when I can't be. Please keep them coming.

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