A coin show is a collectors’ dream but can also be overwhelming for a newcomer. To make the most of your time spent at these fun-filled events, here are a few things to know before becoming that kid lost at Disneyland.


  1. Wear proper shoes

No one likes getting caught in the rain without rain boots so be sure to wear the appropriate shoes when attending a coin show. Heels, brand new dress shoes, and sandals are not advised since the flooring in these venues tends to be exposed concrete, typical of what you would find at any convention center.


  1. Bring cash

Believe it or not, credit cards are still not universally accepted. Many vendors at coin shows only conduct cash transactions. Though some may be equipped to process a credit card, it is safe to assume many do not. So bring cash and ask ahead of time!


  1. Set a budget

If you don’t have an infinite bankroll to purchase all the coins you fall in love with at the show, make sure you are setting a budget for yourself and stick to it. All too often, collectors go home spending far more than they believe they will.


  1. Create a list

Much like heading out to the grocery store, make a list of coins/vendors you want to see/purchase before going to the coin show. This way you can stay on course to see everything you want to see without getting sidetracked. With so many vendors, there is very little time to be wasted!


  1. Know the layout

After completing your list of desired coins, check out the show’s map typically provided in the pamphlet. There will be a list of vendors selling the items you seek, and they are more than likely grouped together according to era, region, etc. Not only will your feet thank you but so will your friends and family who accompany you to the show!


  1. Do not flaunt your purchases

Wait until you get home and are in a safe place to start admiring your new addition(s). There are many coin thieves who also attend these shows and are looking for prime targets from which to benefit. That being said, keep your cash just as close and eyes open for more than just coins.


  1. Bring along your own tools

Magnifying glasses, coin loupes, and a light will all come in handy to inspect a coin before purchase. Often the lighting in venues is not favorable and can make coins appear “off.” Test out your tools at home to be sure they work well for you to pick up fine details on coins in various lighting as well.



If you like this article, then you might enjoy other articles in our archives, such as What Is A First Strike Coin


Liberty Coin & Currency specializes in rare coins and currency. We are a family-owned business located in Portland and Vancouver. We are also gold, silver, diamond, currency and jewelry buyers. Visit us first for a free evaluation.


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