September 1, 2011 – From Thursday, January 5 through Sunday, January 8, 2012 the 40th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention will take place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. In addition a full week of auctions promises to render this event very commercially active.
The bourse area for the 40th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention will be open from Thursday, January 5 through Sunday, January 8, 2012 according to Bourse Chairman Kevin Foley, who said, “Our bourse activities will get underway on January 5, when our eagerly anticipated Professional Preview will be held from 2PM-7PM. Dealers without booths, as well as collectors, will be able to have advance access to the bourse area on Thursday for a $ 100 registration fee. Our Professional Preview is an especially active part of the New York International Numismatic Convention, with typically about 200 early registrants lined up at the entrance for our 2PM opening. One risks life and limb to be in their way when the opening bell rings. While the NYINC is certainly not the largest numismatic convention, I really do believe that it is the busiest and most commercially active. Anyone seeing our Professional Preview will be nearly certain to agree.”
The event site will once again be the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, located at 301 Park Avenue, between 49th and 50th Streets.
The regular public admission period will be on Friday, January 6 from 10AM-7PM, Saturday from 10AM-7PM and Sunday from 10AM-3PM. Foley also said of the NYINC bourse, “I know that attendees on the final day at many numismatic conventions can be disappointed to encounter a largely depopulated bourse area. That isn’t the case at the NYINC. There is business from beginning to end. Our booth holders know this. The public expects it. As a consequence the NYINC bourse area is fully manned and operating during all the advertised hours of our event.”
In addition to its bourse area, featuring about 120 different firms, roughly 25% based outside the United States, the NYINC will also have a full week of auctions. Foley said of the NYINC auctions, “There is no other numismatic convention anywhere in the world that can rival the NYINC auction offerings. Nine separate firms will be participating as an official part of our auction schedule: Heritage; Classical Numismatic Group; Freeman and Sear; a consortium consisting of Baldwin’s, Dmitry Markov and M&M Numismatics; Kolbe and Fanning; Stack’s-Bowers-Ponterio as well as Gemini, will all have auctions at the NYINC. Auction lot viewing will open on Saturday, December 31, 2011. Our first auction session will be held on Monday, January 2 and the final session is scheduled for Sunday, January 8. There will be at least one auction session every day throughout the week and as many as three sessions on some of the days. Whatever one is seeking in the realms of world or ancient numismatics; no matter how rare it may be; no matter how infrequently it is offered for sale; your best chance of finding it is either in the NYINC bourse area or at one of our truly world class auctions.”
Foley continued, “We are especially excited to be able to offer our attendees and their families the dual opportunities to both be part of our event as well as being able to experience the magic of New York City over New Year’s Eve. Being in New York City for New Year’s Eve offers an excitement that is difficult to explain. Everyone should have this wonderful memory at least once in their life. St. Bartholomew’s Church, just across 50th Street from the Waldorf, offers an organ concert just before midnight on December 31st. I really look forward to attending each year and hope that I’ll see familiar faces from the world of numismatics there as 2011 comes to a close.”
Foley cautioned dealers to only make their own reservations directly with the Waldorf and said, “Last year we received a number of reports that outside entities were contacting our attendees and falsely representing themselves as agents of either the Waldorf-Astoria or the NYINC itself. These sources would then offer to make room reservations, attempting to obtain credit card and other identifying information in the process. Everyone should be aware that such contacts may be part of credit or identity theft frauds. Our participants are cautioned to only make their own reservations with the Waldorf by calling the hotel themselves and not respond to any such contacts. No one has been authorized by either the Waldorf or the NYINC to contact our attendees to handle their reservations.”
Foley said that “Although the NYINC bourse area is sold out, and in fact was within just a few weeks of the close of last year’s event, we do keep a waiting list. While it may take new dealers several years to work their way to the top and actually be able to have a booth, I do encourage new dealers to contact me. They should e-mail all their contact information, as well as a brief description of the focus of their offerings, to me.”
Foley concluded by saying, “The NYINC is the most special event in the world of numismatics. I’ll hope to see many of the familiar faces who come every year and encourage new participants, as well. You are always welcome at the New York International Numismatic Convention”
There are special rates available at the Waldorf-Astoria for NYINC attendees. Additional details about the NYINC can be accessed at its website.
If you want to contact Kevin Foley directly, click here.