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Greg Mencotti - President
 

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The Parkersburg coin show has been rescheduled from September 2nd to the 9th.  Same venue same hours.

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The Board of Governors has chosen to add two additional Governors. Those elected are Charles Johnson, Hurricane, WV and Wilson Harrison, Huntington, WV.

THE WHAT & WHYS OF COIN INVESTING:

By Greg Mencotti

Part One ~ Part Two

The first maxim of a good coin investment is that you sell it for more than your purchase price. Think about it – virtually every investment category or specific entity shares this maxim, and yet how can we know if we’re going to make a profit when we buy it?

Usually we don’t know. But we definitely can analyze potential purchases to skew our chances toward true profit. Attempting to quantify my chances of future profitability objectively (often difficult for a collector), the beast I’ve built considers these factors (in approximate order of importance): (Con't)

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SHOW WINNERS
50/50 Drawing
Jeffrey Zappin
Golden Certificate
Wade Thompson

Major Credit Cards Welcomed By Most Dealers At The Huntington Show July 15th.

HUNTINGTON SHOW 

DOOR PRIZE WINNERS

Blaine Eddy

Clifford Garrett
Rhonda Ray Harry Runyan
Wade Thompson Verlin Moore
Larry Ray Kenneth Oates
Ralph Seth James Graham
Matt Meadows Annie Haynes
Kathy Butler Danny Eplion
Killy Patrick Traci McClanahan

Richard Keene

 

WEST VIRGINIA SALOON TOKENS

By Donald Clifford
WV ANA Representative

You didn’t have to travel to Dodge City, Tombstone, or another western town to visit a saloon around 1900. A 1900 West Virginia business directory lists over 500 saloons, with about 125 in Wheeling. Parkersburg had almost 50 saloons, Charleston another 20 and Huntington over 15. Saloons were located along the routes that people traveled, by rail and boat, and where men worked in the coal and lumber business. Many of these saloon owners used tokens in their day to day operations. Gambling machines were found in many saloons and only tokens were to be used in them to keep them legal. Some 2½¢ tokens were used to rent cue sticks for use at the pool tables.

Tokens with just the owner’s name are the most common. While other tokens may have the name of the saloon like “Bridge Café”, “Grand Opera Café” or “Mecca Café”. The word Café was a nicer way to say saloon and this was an era of the temperance movement and Mrs. Carrie Nation, who was pushing for prohibition. It is said that Carrie Nation came to West Virginia in the early 1900’s and used her axe to mash doors of saloons in Fayette County.

West Virginia passed its own version of prohibition in 1913 and it went into effect on July 1, 1914, five and one half years before national prohibition. All these saloon owners had to find a new business. Some became pool rooms, others sold cigars and tobacco, and others became restaurants. Probably some near Ohio or Kentucky moved their operation out of West Virginia which gave them a few more years of operation.

About 100 different tokens are known with the saloon name and the word “saloon” on them, like the “Big Chief Saloon” from Charleston, “White Front Saloon” from Wheeling, “Klondike Saloon” from Bluefield, “Maine Saloon” and “Palace Saloon” from Huntington, “Star Saloon” from Central City (now Huntington), and “Red Rabbit Saloon” from Naugatuck. These tokens command a premium in the token collecting hobby because they have the word “saloon” on them.

Sponsoring Coin Clubs
 
OH-Kan Coin Club
Stonewall Jackson Coin Club
Parkersburg Coin Club
The Kanawha Valley Coin Club 
The Charleston Coin Club 
   St. Albans Coin Club

Meeting Times & Places

Show Goer's Survey

Complied by

Cecil Starcher - Secretary

At recent coin shows we surveyed 100 attendees and found the following results. We asked questions in 4 categories. Not every question received a response.

HOW DID YOU LEARN OF THE SHOW?

Internet/Website~~2
MSNS Email~~1
MSNS Post Cards~~9
TV (Parkersburg)~~6
Coin Publications~~6
Newspapers~~31
Told~~36

AS A COLLECTOR YOU ARE?

Serious~~24
Casual~~50
Investor~~3

DO YOU COLLECT COINS IN SETS?

Yes~~58
No~~19

YOU COLLECT?

U.S.~~64
Foreign~~13
Exonumia~~5
Currency~~10
Bullion~~16
Everything~~15
Stamps*~~8
Postcards*~~1

*Our Parkersburg Shows Has 3 Tables for Stamp & Postcard Dealers.

 

We appreciate all the show goers who took time in allowing us to gather the above. The results will assist us in planning future events.

The United States Mint recently unveiled images and information for a special set to be released Aug. 1 as a part of its 225th anniversary celebration. Named the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set™, the product includes 10 coins made at the San Francisco Mint with each having an "S" mint mark. The set contains the following pieces: READ MORE

 

 

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