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August 13, 2014 Bill's Blogs, Show Reports


I don’t remember the exact date but I do remember the event. Sometime in the mid 1970s as a fledgling, young numismatist I went to a local “farm auction” that advertised coins in their flier. As a relative newcomer to the hobby I was still trying to fill up my blue Whitman album for Lincoln cents, 1909-1940, and was excited to see several that would help me “fill those holes”.

Again time has stolen the specifics, but I do remember buying one in particular. An S-mint in the teens.

When I got home my mom asked me how it went and did I get anything. I told her all about it and what I had won. The most expensive coin was the above mentioned Lincoln cent. She asked me how much I had paid and when I told her ten dollars she said “Oh God, don’t tell your father!”

That scenario repeated itself several times throughout the years until she was no longer shocked (or impressed) by the amount of money I spent on coins. $100, $1,000, $10,000, or $100,000. She always smiled and said “that’s nice honey, did you sell it?”

Although she didn’t always say it, I knew she was proud of me. Neighbors, family friends, and family members would always tell me how she talked about me and the fact that I had followed my childhood dream of becoming a coin dealer. She and I never talked about it. But I knew.

She passed away on Saturday the 2nd of August. Right before the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money show in Chicago.

I’ve always said that I’ve never worked a day in my life. I mean after all I get to play with coins all day. And hang out with like minded collectors. How can that be called work?

So as I got ready for this year’s show in Chicago I realized just what the hobby means to me. And those close to me. I’m the luckiest man alive.

Silently, I dedicated this show to my mother and all she’d ever done for me.

And every time I bought an expensive coin I heard her say “DON’T TELL YOUR FATHER!”

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Notes on Our Next Show

If you have items to SELL please stop by our table and we will be happy to discuss purchasing them

We will also have many items with us for you to view. If you are looking for anything in particular, or have an interest in anything on our website, please email or give us a call, prior to the show and we will make sure we bring this item for you to view.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.

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