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Welcome to Baltimore for the Winter Expo

Get Ready! Get Set for Baltimore!

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Author: Q. David Bowers / Thursday, October 10, 2019 / Categories: From the Desk of Q. David Bowers

Coming at the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore next month is the greatest series of auction sessions we have ever had at that popular event, Not one, not two, but seven separate catalogs are nearing completion!

Early American coins come to the fore. To get ready for this event I encourage you to take the latest copy of the Guide Book of United States Coins and spend an hour or two reading the front text and then the listings of coins of the colonial era. Massachusetts silver coins, Sommer Islands issues, Washington pieces, and more await you, plus a marvelous offering of copper coins from the 1780s—Machin’s Mills, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts.

The Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4) will be having its annual meeting at the Baltimore Expo. Founded in 1993, this is one of the most dynamic specialty groups in numismatics today. Check their website and sign up. The cost is minimal and the pleasures are great. I have been a member since day one.

Although the colonial coins will be memorable, they are just the tip of the iceberg. The John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana medals will long echo in the halls of numismatics as will our presentation of Washingtoniana from the Collection of W.S. Baker, consigned by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Additional important Numismatic Americana will also be offered as part of the main catalog.

Federal coins from half cents to double eagles await you—from inexpensive Morgan silver dollars to rare gold, from key “type” coins (1796 quarter, half dollar, and quarter eagle; Mint State 1808 quarter eagle—you name it), famous rarities (one of the finest 1802 half dimes, early half dollars by Overton numbers, plus an 1838-O), and more—including tokens and paper money.

Get ready! Make plans to come to Baltimore and immerse yourself in several days of numismatic excitement and non-stop activity. Lot viewing opens on Tuesday, November 12 and the auction sessions run from Wednesday, November 13 through Saturday, November 16. I guarantee you will have a good time! We will roll the red carpet out for you.

The Whitman Coin  Expo is always dynamic—one of the  best-attended in America. Draw a 500-mile circle around the city and you get the vast majority of numismatists in America. Driving is easy, and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport is one of the most modern and efficient and is less than a half-hour ride to town. A survey of leading dealers revealed that Baltimore is the number one favorite city for conventions. 

The Whitman show and our auction will be at our usual venue, the Baltimore Convention Center in the heart of the Inner Harbor district with many fine hotels, museums, and tourist attractions. The convention hosts hundreds of dealers and always buzzes with activity.

If you do not plan to attend, the Internet will give you an “I am there!” presence. Watch the action and press the “Bid!” button when special items come up for sale.

I look forward to having you be a part of our November auction program.