As far as I know, this is the very first time an online community has put forth the effort to become a part of a major coin show. Yes, we're basing our qualification to be there upon an established dealership also owned by the founders of this forum, and we will offer a very nice assortment of coins for sale there, but...
That's not what it's about. The ANA
is about perpetuating the Hobby of Kings, and I believe it to be sheer serendipity that we have found this the time to coalesce our efforts around showing a more public face to what I firmly believe is the finest online gathering of numismatic appreciators ever assembled.
The purpose of coin collecting is twofold. First, knowing that we are never owners, but only holders of the coins we collect - to preserve these historic treasures for the enjoyment of those who will follow us. And second, to inspire, encourage and support the development of the ones who will carry the torch when we have passed. The coins will exist. It is our
job, yours and mine, to ensure that those coins will remain in the hands of those who are educated and motivated to pass them on yet again to others who can carry the history of nations into the future.
We're not asking this of you so we'll have stuff to offer on eBay in the future. We share this dream. We're all in with this amazing hobby, and we're asking your help to potentially strike the spark inside the kids who will carry the dream into the future. Nothing we do today amounts to a hill of beans if there's nobody left to carry the torch when we're gone. Help us strike some sparks to that torch.