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Where Do You Find Nice Coins?


Dmitarry Markoff of New York City brings a huge treasure of ancient and early world coins to Ed Aleo's Boston Show.

Where do you find nice coins in 2005? The sofa? Not in my house! I already looked! One always hears how hard good coins are to get. The collector base is growing, and old nice coinage, this meat of our hobby, is being gobbled up. The coin market is booming.

When I was a kid, there used to be a lot of coin shops, or stamp and coin shops, in every town. Today it is not the case, and those shops, which do exist are pretty well picked over. There are still great numismatic centers like Stack's in New York. Here the world's finest coins have been sold for 70 plus years.


Dr. Arnold Saslow is well known for his wit and scholarship, as well as for the superb quality of his stock. He will also be in Boston at the Aleo Show.

A friend once told me of visiting Stack's and about asking to see some thalers. The good folks at Stack's showed him thalers all right. His head was still spinning from the endless trays and boxes of treasure he had seen. In fact, between gasps at such a wealth of beauty, he even bought a dozen or so of the large silver coins from the fifteen and sixteen hundreds. No true collector can go to New York and not visit Stack's.

But where are you going to find the great United States and World coins outside of New York? You have to go to the coin shows. A big regional show was just hosted by Ernie Botte in New Hampshire at the end of September. The next huge coin event in New England is "The Bay State Coin Show" in Boston on November 18th to the 20th.


Ed Aleo founded the Bay State Coin Show 41 seasons ago.

It is held only twice a year at the Radisson Hotel on Park Square at 200 Stuart Street, Boston. Of course, I exhibit here as do dealers from 30 states! It is the largest show in New England and one of the ten largest shows in the United States. The November Show is sponsored by The Colonial Coin Collector's Club.

Ed Aleo has been running the Bay State Show since 1964. He began it when he was only 21. It has been a mainstay of the hobby for more than four decades.

The show is a great place to see millions and millions of dollars worth of great U.S. and World coins, plus there will be millions of dollars more in seldom seen U.S. colonial coinage. Ed is also a fan of The Journal and has promised to give a U.S. proof set to anybody showing him this article. That's what I call a good sport.


Dan Tavares, who is often at Westford, can be seen in Auburn at Tom Lacey's Greater Worcester Show. He is seen here in Dedham, and will also be in Boston in November.

On October 30th, Tom Lacey, another young-old-time showman, will be holding a large show in Auburn, Massachusetts at the Best Western Yankee Drummer Inn which is located on Route 12. This is a great show, because you can find almost anything your want there from U.S. type coins, ancient coins, world coins, U.S. coins by date, rare coins, and not-so-rare coins. It's a lot like going to 50 or so coin shops, all in a row. In addition to that, good old Armand Toscano (who is younger than I am) is there with all kinds of supplies.

Now let's face it, finding supplies is sometimes almost as hard as finding coins. On November 6, 2005, Richard Murphy's N.E.S.S. First Sunday Coin and Stamp Show will be held at the Holiday Inn at the junctions of Routes 1 and 95 in Dedham, Massachusetts. This is a neat show featuring both dealers who do the big shows and dealers who do mostly smaller shows as well. It has its own persona, as does its lanky six-foot-four promoter. It's a good old-time show in the best sense of the word, where bargains can be found.

If you are like me, and also collect stamps, Richard's shows also have things philatelic to absorb one's interests. His show, like most, runs from 9:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m. It's a neat show to take in, free to the public, and a good way to spend some time with a few of your favorite things.


Yours truly, bigger than life, (I really have to go on that diet) at Ernie Botte's Westford Coin Show.

Not least of the New England shows is Ernie Botte's Westford Coin Show held at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center on Route 110 in Westford, Massachusetts. Again you can see about 50 dealers all in one huge room, as well as hundreds of thousands of coins: ancients, U.S., World, rolls, and all sorts of tokens and medals. Ernie's next shows will be on Oct. 23 and Nov. 27, 2005.

These shows are like visiting museums. Only now, you can buy the exhibits! The material, that cannot be found in the small lost coin shops of decades ago, can be found at shows in huge profusion.

You may find treasures like friends of the late and great writer, about all things to so with the sea, Edward Rowe Snow. I have included a picture of part of his pirate stash that he once showed me almost 40 years ago. He found coins the old fashioned way, he dug for them! Mel Fisher got quite wet looking for his stash of treasure. Now he has a Florida museum dedicated to his finds. I keep my treasure in five large safety deposit boxes, which is a pretty good idea in 2005. "There still be pirates of one sort or another about."


Two great world coin dealer's of the highest degree of integrity, Bogdan Charlam and Ernest Ochocinski at Ed Aleo's Bay State Coin Show in Boston.

What I like best about coin shows is that it is a lot of fun. You can learn a lot from seasoned dealers and collectors alike, and let's face it, looking at all that silver, gold, and ancient bronze is fun.

So, if between October 23 and November 27, 2005, you hit all of these shows, you will see me as many as seven times! Now that might be a little bit of an overload, but chance it. By all means bring your copy of The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles (with my words of wisdom in it) to the Boston show. Present it at the door, and get your free proof set compliments of Ed Aleo. If you consider the value of this proof set, you can see that this publication is an obvious bargain. The Journal is pleased to help add to your collection.


Edward Rowe Snow's treasure pile which I viewed about 1967.

If you want good coins, go to a great coin store like Stack's, the shows I mentioned, or get a shovel and one of Edward Rowe Snow's books which discuss yet undiscovered or unrecovered treasure.

I love getting those emails. Keep sending them to jamescj508@aol.com. Eventually I'll answer all of them. By the way, one of my clients and his wife told me that they found a lot of coins by "Drawer Thumping." They made a hobby of taking drawers out of tables and desks, banging them on the bottom, and catching small copper, gold and silver coins that fell out of the structure of the drawer itself. Wild, huh!!!

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