Matthew, I was also at the meeting in Manchester NH. I was in the back of the room. John Frost and Steve Crain did a great job. at the next show I will formally introduce myself. I have started collecting Barber coins all over again. I will be joining the BCCS as soon as possible.
And I was also in the back of the room, eating a sandwich and trying to munch the potato chips as quietly as I could! Remember Steve's explanation of the large and small date 1837 half dimes? Well, I didn't! I bought a nice example on Saturday. It was mislabeled! I must have absorbed his talk, though, as I did do well. He explained to me what variety is is.