The Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention began today at the Baltimore Convention Center with the “Super Bourse” open only to dealers. Tomorrow, the show is open for the general public regardless of the weather (we are expecting snow in the area). The Baltimore Convention attacks dealers from all over the country in all area of numismatics and features two auction sessions from Bowers and Merena on Friday, December 9.
Even with the weather concerns, I am looking forward to this show. Aside from having a complete want-list and a larger budget than I have had in the past, Baltimore is the closest large show to where I live. It is my chance to meet dealers from other areas of the country. This is important because it allows me to talk with learn from numismatists I would never meet otherwise. I also get to see other areas of collecting that I do not concentrate in but are of interest, like foreign coins and old currency.
It also gives me an excuse to drive to Charm City. Unlike others in my area, I like Baltimore. It is a unique city with a hometown-like charm that I think is fun. Also, the Baltimore Convention Center is next to the Inner Harbor which has a lot of great restaurants and, if you get tired of coins, the phenomenal National Aquarium. Enjoy your trip and stay tuned for my report after the show.