The NCNA Convention and Show was a huge success despite the adverse conditions surrounding Hurricane Ian. We wish the best to the people who were unfortunately hit hard, and hope that they are recovering. We were very fortunate in the Charlotte area. Attendance was a little off on Friday, although anyone who braved the rain was there to buy! Saturday was very busy and just about every dealer I spoke to had an overall successful show. Several new dealers to our show set up this year and have already signed up for next year, so we should have another very diverse group of dealers for the collecting public for our 65th anniversary show.
The educational presentations on Friday and Saturday were well attended. Paul Horner kicked it off on Friday with “Did You Hear What Happened in New Orleans?” Bob Schreiner followed discussing “The Scrip Rider – Adventures of a Traveling Man with Money in His Pockets.” Sanford Steelman closed out Friday with “British Coronation Medals, Charles I through Elizabeth II.” Bob Pedolsky got Saturday going presenting “Coin Hoards and Treasure Discoveries.” David Boitnott then spoke about “Collecting Charlotte Gold.” Tom Wood closed out the seminars with “Coins of the Holy Land.” What an excellent group of presenters!
The educational exhibits displayed throughout the show were well visited and voted on. There were even two YN exhibits! Cole Kandefer presented “Gold in North Carolina” and was the YN Peoples’ Choice winner, and Matthew Devine with “The Evolution of the Peace Dollar” was a very close second with one less vote. Both YNs who exhibited were awarded a 2022 silver American Eagle and Cole Kandefer also received a Proof 2022 silver American Eagle. Duane Higgins’s exhibit “WW II OPA Tokens” was the Peoples Choice Senior winner, gathering the most votes. It was a very interesting variety of exhibits this year.
As always, there were dedicated activities run by our YN Coordinator Bob Pedolsky for all the young numismatists who attended. For the second year in a row we held voting for your favorite dealer. A ballot box was sitting near the exit on Friday and many dealers received votes. Tom Wood was the winner in a very close contest, and he wore the medal we presented to him, just as Bill Watts did last year as our inaugural winner.
The American Numismatic Association held a table run by their southeastern representative, Danny Freeman, who is of course also the NCNA Second Vice President. ANACS was once again present, with NCNA past president Jim Neely accepting submissions at their table. Reed Goldmine made their first appearance at the NCNA show in a number of years, and the young numismatists who attended seemed to enjoy panning for gold.
Overall, we are pleased with how our show continues to improve and grow. We have more ideas in the works for 2023 so we hope to see you there!