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Annual Coin Show - January 19-20, 2013

The BECC held its 49th annual coin show January 19-20, 2013 at the Kent Commons, 525 4th Avenue North, Kent, Washington. The show is the second largest in the Northwest with over 70 dealers participating and arguably the best liked show as well.

See 2013 coin show flyer in PDF format.

Wooden nickels with the Boeing Model 40B design were available at the coin show until supplies were exhausted. (One free wooden nickel per show attendee.)


Images of the bourse floor (left to right):
Dealer setup; in full swing (public hours); club member Jesse Torres; club members Del Cushing and Dick Billings.

Left to right: Rosanne Buehler in the welcome area (just before opening);
2013 club officers (Jesse Torres, Tom Koch, Tony Kalt and Greg Smith) after being sworn in;
Scout and Young Numismatist activities directed by Tony Kalt; the hospitality area.

Left: Mr. Kass-Elias, winner of the Dealer Prize at the show. (Presented by David Buehler at right).
Right: Dan R., the show's Grand Prize winner, receiving gold coin from outgoing President Alan Van Horn (left).

Show Report

  • The annual Boeing Employees Coin Club coin show for 2013 was a big success. The event was held, as always, at the Kent Commons (recreation center) and the dealers filled the floor with their wares. We attracted roughly 1,000 visitors from the public to see the offerings of 69 dealers.
  • In addition we had a table staffed to assist Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and young numismatists in pursuing the coin collector merit badge. Several dealers participated in the scavenger hunt that allowed the kids the opportunity of getting around the floor in addition to collecting one of each denomination coin.
  • There was a welcome table staffed by BECC volunteers to greet everyone who came through the doors.
  • We filled 14 cases with numismatic exhibits that ranged from butterflies to dinosaurs to Hudson Bay collectibles. Alex M., one of the club’s YNs, won the People’s Choice award for most popular exhibit. In addition to Alex’s win of the People’s Choice we had Tony K. winning the prestigious “Best Of Show” award for his exhibit entitled “The Chemainus Dollar”. Yosh S. exhibited Boeing Club Medals and won the “Virgil Simpson Award” and another YN, Ben M., won the “Best Junior Exhibit” for his “Wings on Coins” display which included some gorgeous butterflies.
  • There was a hospitality table offering coffee and donuts and fruit throughout the show. This year we had a lunch providing hot, inexpensive meals just outside the entrance that proved to be highly popular.
  • The show ran continuously over two days and Saturday was, by far, the busiest day and was so crowded that overheating was a bit of a concern for a few hours. Sunday was a lighter day but we still saw well over 300 registered visitors.
  • The hourly prizes, always popular included mint sets and special coins and visitors love the chance to win for free and rarely finding it easy to pick among the available prizes. Dan R. won the coveted grand prize of a gold coin.
  • In an informal poll of the dealers it seemed they had a terrific show with the only complaint being the temperatures on Saturday.
  • Next year’s show will be Saturday the 18th of January and Sunday the 19th of January of 2014 and numerous dealers are already lining up for this always popular show. The Club intends to keep the location in the Kent Commons (Recreation Center) as always.
  • Coin, token, medal & paper money exhibits (displays) – Display awards (2013 awards and photos).
  • YN/Scout Merit Badge Activity - The BECC set aside two tables at its January 2013 show for a Young Numismatists (YN’s) display and info. The goal of the YN table and display was to encourage and inform kids about coin collecting and answer any questions they have. There was a video showing how coins are made. The gentleman working the table/display received his Eagle Scout award in 1982. He offered his time again during the show to assist scouts in working on their coin collecting badge. He is the same (Coin Collecting) merit badge counselor who assisted a number of Boy Scouts in completing their merit badge at last year’s show. Workshops for the Scouts to work on the Coin Collecting merit badge were held on both Saturday and Sunday. Attending Scouts needed to attend one of the sessions to complete the merit badge. For further information contact Tony at There was also a treasure hunt for YNs to take part in as they tried to complete a 2012 type set. Kids spun a wheel to see what table prize they got to walk away with (compliments of the BECC).
  • For additional information about the annual BECC coin shows, see the main coin show page.