We are pleased that the NCNA Convention & Coin Show, held as always the first weekend in October, was a success! If you made it to the show, we hope you enjoyed yourself. There was an excellent group of approximately 70 coin dealers set up at the show, coming from 13 different states. There were several health and safety protocols in place, all of which were mandated by Cabarrus County. Contactless temperature checks prior to entering, masks required, hand sanitizers available around the bourse, bathrooms sanitized every hour, and all tables separated 10 feet apart. It made for a huge bourse floor, but at least everyone got their steps in!.
We were allowed a maximum of 249 people in the building at any one time. This did result in a waiting line outside for a short period of time on Friday and Saturday. We hope everyone understood that this was beyond our control, and we would not have been allowed to hold the show if we didn’t adhere to these guidelines. A volunteer from registration was usually outside talking to the people waiting and answering questions, which we trust you found helpful. The NCNA also instituted early entry at 9 am instead of 10 am each morning for people 60 years of age and over, which helped spread things out and reduced the wait times.
The NCNA also instituted a preregistration process for the first time. Preregistration forms were available right here on our web site. Anyone who brought their completed preregistration form to the show entered our newly developed express line. People who brought in their postcards were allowed to enter the express line as well. Given the success of the express line in streamlining the registration process, we are strongly considering this again for the 2021 show.
Due to Covid-19, we were unfortunately not able to hold certain events such as our wildly popular barbeque and brisket dinner for the dealers during setup, our always informative seminars and educational exhibits, and Boy Scout Merit Badge program. However, we were excited that we were still able to hold a safe version of our YN program.
All in all, we were pleased to put on the first coin show in North Carolina since early March. If you were able to attend, we hope you were glad to get back to a show! We look forward to seeing everyone at our next show, October 1-3, 2021.