No beginning, no end

October 2001, Volume 38 No. 10
Every year in my Comment I talk about the Numismatic “season” starting in the autumn, and every year more and more happens over the summer months to make it seem as if there is no beginning and end but rather one long round of auctions, fairs and events; never was this more true than this year as I mentioned in this spot last month. Those new to the hobby must think it strange that COIN NEWS, the dealers and more hardened collectors talk about a new start in October, the new season etc. etc. after all collecting isn’t seasonal as such, coins and banknotes aren’t reliant on weather or other conditions so what makes this month different that June, July or August? One look at the calendar will tell you instantly. In market scene this month we carry details of no fewer than 12 numismatic auctions to be held in October (with one on September 30) and at least a further five held in November and these are just the ones we know about, undoubtedly there are myriad other sales being held up and down the country which we haven’t got details of as we go to press. From London to Long Beach the autumn is the time to hold a numismatic sale and of course the fairs come thick and fast too with the undoubted highlights being the BNTA’s COINEX show held on Friday October 5 – Saturday 6 at the London Marriott Hotel and the IBNS Convention held on the Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend at the TUC Centre just down from the British Museum – it is at this fair that we will be launching the fully updated second edition of the BANKNOTE YEARBOOK. For further information on these flagship events see the feature on page …But of course it isn’t just in London that events are being organised with fairs in Leamington, Cheltenham, Cardiff, Wakefield and a host of other places up and down the UK, further afield there are coin shows taking place in Long Beach, California and Beijing, China and a paper-money fair at Vincenza, Italy for details of these and other events see the What’s on section later in the magazine.

Busy though October is it is just a taste of things to come and the pace promises to be just as furious in November with the month kicking off with the first LONDON COIN FAIR at the NEW VENUE - the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury taking place on Saturday November 3. In conjunction with the fair Baldwins are to hold the latest in their Argentum series of sales at the Holiday Inn that afternoon, it has been decided that this partnership will become an ongoing and regular thing. November 3 is also the publication date for the COIN YEARBOOK and we are looking forward to a successful launch at the fair for what is rapidly becoming the first choice reference work for both serious numismatists and the “man in the street”. This summer might well have been eventful but with all this and more on offer for the coming months it can certainly be seen that once again the ‘new season’ promises to be an enjoyable and profitable one for numismatists everywhere.

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