The 76th Anniversary Convention is now over. From all accounts I got from dealers and visitors, it was a resounding success. The Heritage auctions were very successful, and the exhibit area was full of excellent educational exhibits. This year was the final year of the Civil War Educational Forum. Dennis Boggs as Abe Lincoln was, as always, a resounding success.
This year CSNS sponsored an "Exhibit Judges Familiarization and Certification Program" taught by ANA Chief Judge Joe Boling. I took the course at the ANA Summer Seminar in 2008, taught by Joe as well. At that time, I had not ever been an exhibitor, but I wanted to be one. There were 20 in that class and two were certified by Joe. This year at CSNS there were five "apprentices" who took the course and then judged a class of exhibits. Assisting Joe was Brett Irick. All five were certified as ANA qualified judges. I am proud to say that I was one of those certified. After spending a difficult 3-plus hours reading the exhibits I gained a real appreciation for the hard work that goes into properly judging an exhibit. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, I encourage you to take the course, as it provides you with real insight into how to successfully exhibit.
I'd like to thank Gov. Francis Hawks and his wife, Karen, for manning the CSNS table at the convention. They were helpful to the visiting public, signed up numerous new members and sold a nice quantity of CSNS memorabilia! Speaking of CSNS memorabilia we have a quantity of duplicate CSNS Convention commemorative medals from past conventions available for purchase. Contact Treasurer Jack Huggins, Box 24267, Belleville, IL, 62223-9267, if interested.
I would also like to thank the convention sponsors for their support of the Central States Numismatic Society. SilverTowne, a long-time sponsor; Heritage Auctions; PGCS; Jonathan K. Kern Co.; The Argent Group; Carter Numismatics; Coleman Foster; Jay King; Quad City Coin; and Steve Petty, who sponsored and exhibit category in memory of his son Mark Petty.
Thanks to all who attended and those who made this a successful convention. If you have never attended a CSNS Anniversary Convention I recommend you plan to attend next year.