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Annual Coin Show - January 18-19, 2014

The BECC held its 50th annual coin show January 18-19, 2014 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 2014 coin show flyer in PDF format.

Wooden nickels and elongated cents with the Boeing CH-47 Helicopter design were available at the coin show until supplies were exhausted. (One free wooden nickel and one free elongated cent per show attendee. Additional cents could be purchased.)

Images of the bourse floor:
BECC member and dealer John Enges.

Scout and Young Numismatist activities directed by Tony Kalt; two eager YNs.

2014 BECC Coin Show Report

  • The annual Boeing Employees Coin Club coin show for 2014 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. Show attendance was 450 on Saturday and 120 on Sunday. There were a total of 420 entries for the grand prize drawing.
  • Dave Buehler provided the following:
    1. Some dealers praised the extra space behind the tables. Generally the layout seemed to be better for the dealers with the extra long table rows.
    2. Check in went very well. Kudos to Jack Johnson in organizing that effort.
    3. Security was all perfect this year.
    4. The clean-up crew also did clean-up! Boeing bought the Kent Rec. crew a box of See’s chocolates.
    5. The volunteers were reliable and on-time. Kudos to our various crews who made this all happen.
    6. The set-up crew put out everything perfectly.
    7. Providing lunches to the dealers solved the lunch problem brilliantly. A ton of appreciation for the lunches.
    8. Lots of early bird sales.
    9. Lots of compliments on how well organized this show was (kudos to Greg).
    10. The penny press was well received.
    11. The ATM was new and the dealers liked it.
    12. The YN table was very busy all the time. Kudos to Tony for another great job.
    13. Ben and Alex each both won one of the hourly prizes.
    14. Ben won the grand exhibit prize AND the People’s Choice award.
  • Coin, token, medal & paper money exhibits (displays) – Display awards (2014 awards and photos).
  • YN Coin Show Report 2014 by BECC YN Chair Tony K.
    • Back for our third year at the show, the Young Numismatic (YN) table was one of the tables to stop by and visit; especially if you were a kid or Boy Scout. One of the fun things we had lined up for the YNs was a treasure hunt for a 2013 type set. This allowed the child (some with help from mom, dad or another YN) go search about the coin show dealers to see which ones had the little treasure boxes displaying the coins they were searching for. This year the hardest one to find was right under the nose of a 727 display model. For the competitive YN, they were encouraged to put the ‘start time’ down on the back of their treasure hunt card to see how long it took them. Upon finding the last coin to make the set, they came back to show off their set and write down their finishing time.
    • The kids also took a chance on spinning the wheel for a prize which ranged from coin albums, polymer currency, world coins, Indian cents, Buffalo Nickels, Ike dollars, Mercury dimes, Silver Certificates and more. I should mention that the wheel was a roulette style wheel and where the ball landed that determined the prize the child got. Adults as well wanted to have fun and take a spin. There must be something mesmerizing about a colorful wheel spinning one way and the ball going the other way. Anyway, the adults were allowed to spin for fun, but not eligible for the prize it landed on. While we didn’t talk every child into partaking in the treasure hunt or spinning the wheel for a gift we did manage to ‘convince’ 72 kids to give it a try.
    • Another standard feature of the YN table is the Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit badge clinics that we put on each day. This gives Scout a chance to earn their merit badge and other an opportunity to learn about numismatics. These ‘clinics’ were held twice a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We had 23 scouts (and a few parents sitting in back) from four different troops (401, 474, 533 and 9006).
    • A quick look of were the YNs ventured from to visit us finds we had kids from Auburn, Covington, Kent, Seattle, West Seattle, Maple Valley, Lakewood, Tumwater, Redmond, Issaquah, Newcastle, Normandy Park, Duvall, Lacey, Tacoma, Orting, Puyallup, and Mercer Island. Once again, I’d like to thank my two volunteers Kerri G and Scot B. While they had a great time working and talking with the kids both days I appreciate the time and effort they put in.
  • For additional information about the annual BECC coin shows, see the main coin show page.