By Gary Kozera
The Virginia Numismatic Association coin show in Fredericksburg, VA was pretty decent.
I handed out about 30+ applications, with about 10 of those more interested in signing up than the others. I have about one-half of the elongated cents left. That may suffice for the next show, which is the Richmond Coin show October 16-18.
Total people with questions and/or interest in error coins at the CONECA table was probably close to 50 or so, maybe a little more. Not many boy scouts showed up at the tables. If they had, I would have been out of elongated cents on Saturday – there were hundreds of them getting merit badges signed off.
Here is the Table that Gary had setup
I ordered a banner through www.Esigns.com, since I had a promo code for it. In the end, the banner made a big difference. People brought their error coins over and I’d look at them, give them the “sales pitch” and show them examples of error coins in the case and explain /reference them to what an error looks like or confirm their find. The large easels with stand up shots showing some of my error coins I had, grabbed their attention. The banner cost me less than 40 bucks. = )
I had two flyers taped to the top with the links to the more popular things on the CONECA website, but I will have a handful to pass out to people looking for a direct link to the forum, E-books, Errorscope back issues, attribution services or other popular info on CONECA. Even though I mentioned that most are available via the main pages at CONECA, they seemed a little unsure of themselves even after I suggested taking an application, even if it was just to be used to hit the CONECA main website.
I had two Errorscope magazines, but one was taken from the tables. I will have to get a handful of different ones, as placing them on the table was a hit. The people would thumb through them when I had to interject something to a potential customer at our other tables. My son ran most of our dealer tables, while I floated between the CONECA table and our dealer tables.
The show attendance supposedly was less than previous show years were. Early Saturday afternoon I’d say there was a point where there may have been 500-600 potential customers in the show at one time. If I had to guess how many people came to the F’burg show, it would be between 1000 to 1250 people. The bourse chairman said previous years there was practically standing room only.