Summer FUN 2019 coin show report

21 Jul

The Summer FUN coin show is one of our favorite coin shows for several reasons. It tends to be an active show that brings in a lot of collectors who appreciate shipwreck, Spanish colonial, and American coins and history. Since this year’s show was held in Orlando, it was also convenient for us to drive down with items we normally wouldn’t be able to bring with. The show ran from July 10 to July 13.

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Augi Garcia-Barneche (left) and Connor Falk (right) have many reasons to celebrate while at the FUN show.

We began on Wednesday with booth setup which went by smooth despite the oppressive heat both outside and inside the convention hall. Early Birds entered the bourse shortly thereafter. We had several good sales within the first few hours.

Thursday proved to be the busiest day with a large amount of foot traffic throughout the morning. We saw several good clients walk away with new additions to their collections. Likewise, some new customers to us were thrilled with their purchases. Many coins such as a spectacular Mexican 8 cob reales from the Concepcion (1641) with a canvas bag corrosion pattern were sold that day.

There were also numerous comments and questions on the 88 troy pound silver bar from the Atocha (1622) that we had on display. It, though not for sale now, proved to be quite an attraction. Look for it in our November 1-2 Treasure Auction 26.

The bourse slowed down a little bit towards the afternoon. This gave us time to replace holes in our cases with other coins as well as make some dealer to dealer sales. We had many numismatic books for sale as well, several of which went off to the libraries of collectors and dealers alike.

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A few items from our inventory as well as consignments for our November auction.

Friday morning was also active as we saw more clients who took the day off to come out to the show. Many more coins were sold and plenty of conversations were had. Although it became quiet in the afternoon, we took advantage of the time to write up some new inventory that came our way. We also processed some new consignments throughout the show. One such item is a gold disk ingot weighing 372 grams from the wreck of the Luz, sunk in 1752 off Montevideo, Uruguay that’ll be a star in the Shipwreck Ingots section of our November sale.

The final day of the show, Saturday, was somewhat active. Plenty of families came out as well as a Boy Scout troop. Several new Venezuelan banknotes were passed out by us to the young numismatists. Some last-minute deals were concluded before we packed everything up for the ride back to the office.

Our thanks go out to the FUN show organizers for creating another well attended show. We also appreciate the work of the show security staff, police officers, and sheriff’s deputies who walked the bourse and kept the event safe.

Our next show is the ANA World’s Fair of Money. It’ll be held Aug. 11-17 in Rosemont, Ill. We’re closing our consignment period for the November auction then, so please contact us now so we can get the paperwork done and the items shipped. For more information, check out our company schedule here.

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