Last Friday I went to the New Hampshire Coin & Currency Expo, held at the Doubletree in downtown Manchester.
I had hoped to find some world coins for my Set of Commemorative Coins of Composers, and perhaps buy a $5 National Park Service Gold Commemorative, a 2014 Proof Silver Quarter set, and junk silver.
When I arrived at around 2 PM after an hour drive from work, the show was busy but not crowded. I talked to several dealers, and they said the largest crowds had already come and gone in the morning.
I browsed through the entire hall which was absolutely huge. Much larger than the Baystate Coin Show, but a little bit smaller than the shows in Baltimore and Long Beach.
There were plenty of slabbed classic eagles for sale and lots of Morgan Dollars. There were a handful of world coin dealers who mostly had more expensive pieces for sale ($100+). At the end however, I found a dealer I had done business with in the past who sold me a 20 Schilling Haydn commemorative for $3.
There was only one dealer (out of about a hundred) who sold $5 gold commemoratives, but they did not have the National Park Service coin. Nobody seemed to sell proof silver quarters set. Junk silver typically went for 25x face which I thought was way too high. As a result, I didn't buy any.
All in all, the expo was disappointing to me. I spend two hours driving, spend good money on gas, parking and entrance fees, which in hindsight does not make sense if you only spend $3 on one coin.
I think I will skip this show in the future and only go the Baystate Coin show and larger, more internationally oriented shows like those in Baltimore, Chicago, Long Beach, and New York.
Posted by NumisEd