Apri 2013 Coin News | Silver Coins

Apri 2013 Coin News

A winning way? A Couple of months ago I wrote an Editorial piece encouraging neighborhood numismatic societies to increase membership, and indeed the hobby in common, by holding &ldquoopen days&rdquo or organising fairs to bring the basic public into the fold and teach them much more about these funny small pieces of metal and paper that we numismatists and notaphiles are so obsessed with. I am certain that offered a little bit of education a lot more men and women would locate coins and notes as fascinating as we do. So far a number of societies have come forward and stated they are arranging things and the Worthing and District Society has gone one particular additional and are staging their very first ever coin fair. The occasion will take place on Sunday, May possibly 19, at the Chatsworth Hotel, The Steyne, Worthing BN11 3DU and I urge all those collectors in the south east not only to attend but to encourage those who have in no way been to a coin fair, certainly who could only have a passing interest in coins, to attend too. Now of course, I wouldn&rsquot normally use this &ldquocomment&rdquo as a blatant marketing slot but as I was the a single who very first mooted the notion of societies organising such factors I really feel duty bound to give them a plug here! Of course, I wasn&rsquot the 1st one to consider of a hyperlink between societies and fairs, and, as has been pointed out to me a couple of instances this year currently, a number of clubs and societies are already extremely active with their local fair. The Yorkshire Numismatic Society, a single of the most pro-active about, with their regular newsletter they send out to members, is heavily involved with the York Coin Fair every January and July, and of course in Dublin each year the Irish Numismatic Society requires a table at the common coin and stamp fair and is usually a great attraction (so also does COIN NEWS). This year they had a excellent &ldquoA-Z of Numismatics&rdquo aimed purely at those men and women attending the fair who have been new to the hobby. From the response seen at the table such a show, and the understanding of those manning the table, was really welcome and these who took the trouble to really ask concerns and study what was on offer went from becoming just curious to getting actively interested. Many who attended the Dublin show did so especially to sell coins&mdashthat is often the way at this certain show, especially on the Sunday, and critics of the &ldquoOpen Day&rdquo concept have pointed out that numerous members of the public will use such events purely as cost-free valuation days and that they will have no real interest in numismatics but rather how much they can get for their jam-jar full of pennies. But is that so poor? Certainly everyone has to start someplace and what better way to begin than by finding out that the 1905 shilling is worth much more than its 1906 counterpart, or that had you taken that silver 1944 threepence as a present from your grandmother rather than the enjoyable-hunting brass 1 from the exact same year, you would actually have a far a lot more collectable coin? There is absolutely nothing incorrect with men and women wanting to know &ldquowhat it&rsquos worth&rdquo and half the collectors in the world have that interest as a central premise to their collecting habits. So when I see folks flooding into the Dublin venue to get valuations and to sell their coins, I know that some of them at least will leave a tiny a lot more interested in the hobby. So I wish the Worthing and District Numismatic Society effectively and I applaud the efforts of the respective societies at York and Dublin and apologise to those of you who do comparable factors who I have overlooked. However, to these of you who have yet to organise one thing or have however to take a table at your nearby show, I ask &ldquowhat&rsquos stopping you?&rdquo. So the public treat it like a huge free valuation day and only bring in coins to dispose of. But don&rsquot appear at that as a bad thing. At the really worst you&rsquoll get a chance to add to your collections at the very best you&rsquoll encourage a whole new batch of collectors. Win/win I consider!

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