1899 Morgan Dollar Obverse, Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions      1899 Morgan Dollar Reverse, Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Bourse Chairman

Summer 2014 Report

It seems like just yesterday that I drafted my most recent "Bourse Chairman's Message," which discussed our upcoming Central States Numismatic Society's 75th Anniversary Convention. It is certainly hard to believe that this diamond anniversary convention has now come and gone! Since I cannot possibly thank each of our members, booth holders and show attendees personally for helping to make this convention such a memorable event, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to each one of you! Without each of you, both CSNS and its annual convention would not have been able to grow over the past 75 years from a largely regional organization and event to one that is now truly national in scope.

You might all be interested to know, for example, that as of today, fully 38 percent of our members actually reside outside the 13-state Central States region, and 62 percent of our dealer booths are occupied by booth holders from outside this same region. Again, "Thank you" to each of you for your support of CSNS and its annual conventions - past, present and future!

During our recently concluded convention, I hope each of you had a chance to take a look at the winning entry for the CSNS 75th Anniversary Medal, which was designed by Ray Dillard. I'm sure that many, if not all, of you are familiar with Ray, as well as with his longtime booth at the annual CSNS convention, which features an impressive array of elongated coins. I've enjoyed interacting with Ray throughout the years, and this year was no exception. Pictured here, is a photograph of myself with Ray, at the entrance to his booth during the 2014 convention. If you haven't yet had an opportunity to check out his winning design, I encourage you to head over to the Central States website, www.centralstates.info, where you will find an enlarged image of his artistic design.

As we all look forward to the 2015 Central States Numismatic Society's 76 th Anniversary Convention, I would like to reflect on the now concluded 75th Anniversary Convention. Each year, it always amazes me to watch the progress of the show unfold. Upon arrival at the Schaumburg Convention Center, I feel like the convention hall itself looks so large and so empty, that there is no possible way for the entire set up of the show to take place in the small amount of time that is available to complete this important task. I have always been quite impressed by the speed and accuracy of every individual who plays a role in making sure that every booth is set up just right so that each will be ready when the booth holders arrive.

I would also like to say thank you to all of the CSNS employees, convention related committee members and volunteers, especially Mitch, Kim and Emily Ernst and Greg Allen, who work tirelessly to ensure that our event runs smoothly. Without the efforts of all of these individuals working together to achieve a common goal - a well-run convention that is enjoyable and memorable for all of our booth holders, members and public attendees - it would not be possible for the completely empty convention hall, pictured below, to so quickly and efficiently becomes the bustling bourse floor that we all so eagerly await each year!

Speaking of the bustling bourse floor, I'd also like to say thank you to all of the booth holders and public attendees for your compliments regarding our 2014 Anniversary Convention. I also would like to say thank you for communicating any concerns you shared with me during this show, as well as for any ideas you expressed regarding your thoughts on ways that we, as an organization, can improve our future conventions. It is because of each of you that our show remains a highly anticipated event year after year. As I type this message, our bourse floor for the 2015 convention continues to move closer and closer to once again reaching the point of being sold out. During the 2014 convention, a substantial majority of booth holders renewed their booths for the 2015 convention, and a steady stream of additional bourse applications has arrived at my office every day in the weeks since the conclusion of the 2014 convention.

At this point, approximately 80 percent of the booths for the 2015 convention have been sold. If you have not already signed up for the 2015 CSNS 76th Anniversary Convention, please contact me either by telephone at 414-698-6498 or by email at foleylawoffice@gmail.com for details regarding how to sign up and to obtain a bourse application.