Tough economic times are no drag on coin collecting, judging by the turnout and enthusiasm at the annual convention of the Garden State Numismatic Association.
"We're totally sold out," outgoing GSNA president Spencer Peck said of the exhibit space at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset. "It's been a good show -- everybody's happy."
And everyone did appear happy on May 16, the middle day of the three-day show, as rain fell outside. The crowd moved among table after table of U.S. and foreign coins, paper currency, books and supplies, and what collectors call "exonumia," meaning coinlike items and other things used as currency, such as medals, tokens, wooden nickels and even casino chips.
As for the economy's effect on the hobby, the experts see it as beneficial, if anything. . . .
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