All coin collectors one day hope to make it to a coin show. Whether it’s a small scale show for the day or a weekend event with a couple of hundred vendors, it’s exciting. Not only do you get to meet people who share your passion, but you get to see rare coins you never knew existed. When it comes to your first coin show, it can get overwhelming. Here are some tips and tricks for making the most of the coin show circuit!
Know Your Money
This doesn’t just apply to knowing your coin collection. You should always keep your budget in mind. This means know how much you’d be willing to spend to grow your collection and how much you’re going to ask for if you are selling. Always be sure to have cash on you. While some vendors may be credit and debit accessible, many will not be.
Keep It Comfortable
Of course, you want to dress respectably to show you know what you’re talking about. You should. Still, keep in mind that it’s going to be a long day. You’re going to spend most of that time on your feet. Make sure that your clothes are neat but comfortable. Your shoes should give you enough support to make it through the day.
Know the Floor
Knowing the floor starts before you even get to the coin show. Prepare yourself by finding out which vendors and coins are going to be there. This may not be necessary for smaller coin shows, but at larger coin shows you won’t have time to see everything. Know what you want to look at! Once there, find where those coins and vendors are located so you can work smarter and not harder. If you prepare accordingly, you may even have spare time to visit vendors you didn’t expect!
Bring Your Tools
You would never purchase a coin without inspecting it first. You should go one step further and bring your own tools so you know the quality of the inspection. Of course, vendors wouldn’t intentionally try to scam anybody. Still, if their tools get used and dirty throughout the day, using your own is a definite way to give a thorough inspection. This comes in handy with rare coins.
The coin show circuit is here to bring numismatic enthusiasts together to display and sell their goods. The larger the coin show, the more overwhelming it can get. If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll be a pro. You can see rare coins to your heart’s delight and maybe make some connections. For more on American and rare coins, contact Nashua Coins and Collectibles today or visit them online!