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Coin Shows are often organized and promoted by local coin clubs or by a commercial show promoter. They are usually held on weekends and sometimes a small entrance fee is charged, but it is usually just a couple of dollars.
Coin Shows offer coin dealers, coin collectors and the general public an opportunity to buy, sell and trade coins and other numismatic items, and many offer educational programs taught by experts on various numismatic subjects.
If you plan to sell a coin or coins, do your research ahead of time and have a good idea of what your coin is worth, but don't expect to get full catalog price. The dealer will need to make a profit when he resells the coin.
If you plan to buy coins, it is also very important to do your research ahead of time and don't buy the first coin you see. Visit several different coin dealers' tables before you make your choice.
Coin Exhibits are also often on display at coin shows and offer the novice coin collector a glimpse at rare and valuable coins that you may never get the chance to see again.
Click Here to find out when a coin show will be in your area. Note: Once again I refer you to that saying that is so popular with coin collectors - "Buy the book before you buy the coin." Do your research before you buy or sell any coins.
Educational Seminars:Be sure to attend the educational seminars that are presented at these coin shows. These seminars are presented by experts and you will find a wide variety of topics discussed. You will usually even have a chance to ask the expert questions after the seminar.
The American Numismatic Association's Seminars:Each summer the ANA holds two week-long summer seminars at Colorado College in Colorado Springs across from its headquarters. They offer courses for people just starting a coin collection as well as more advanced courses.
Courses range from "Adventures in Numismatics and the Sights of Colorado Springs" for beginners to "Advanced United States Coin Grading and Problem Coins" for the more seasoned coin collectors. They also offer the "Coins in the Classroom" course for teachers which teaches them how to incorporate coins into lessons in social studies, math and other subjects.
To find out more information about these classes visit the American Numismatic Association (ANA) website.
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