August 22, 2013 – The New York International Numismatic Convention’s sleeping room block at its Waldorf Astoria event site, located at 301 Park Avenue, between 49th and 50th Streets, is almost sold out, according to Bourse Chairman Kevin Foley. He said, “Earlier this year the Waldorf agreed to a reduced room rate versus what our attendees has paid last year. This concession on the hotel’s part has resulted in a surge of reservations during the January 4-12, 2014 period that official functions of the NYINC will be taking place. We’ll have two different rate codes for our event, “NYQ” for rooms that come without breakfast and “NYX” for rooms where the rate includes breakfast.”
Foley continued, “Our rates under the “NYQ” category begin at $279 for a Deluxe King or a Deluxe Double/Double. A one bedroom suite will be $369 and a two bedroom suite $849. “NYX” category accommodations, including breakfast, will be $309 for a Deluxe King or Deluxe Double/Double. Accommodations under our room block will also be available in the fabled Waldorf Towers for $429. Enjoying the ambience of the Waldorf is part of the overall NYINC experience. With a full eight days of auctions and a four day bourse including the leading dealers from all over the world in the foreign and ancient numismatic specialties, the NYINC is certainly the place to be for collectors and dealers whose interests include world or ancient coins.”
Foley added, “We’ll have auction sessions every day from Sunday, January 5 through Sunday, January 12. Heritage Auctions will lead off on Sunday and Monday, followed by sessions conducted by Classical Numismatic Group on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 7 and 8. California’s Freeman and Sear will hold a session on Tuesday evening, while a consortium consisting of Baldwin’s, Dmitry Markov and M&M Numismatics will hold evening sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. Stack’s-Bowers-Ponterio will conduct its two auction sessions on Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, while Chicago’s Gemini Auctions will hold a session on Sunday, January 12. Numismatic literature specialist Kolbe and Fanning will hold two sessions on Saturday, January 11. In all, we’ll have 14 separate auction sessions as part of the NYINC. Coupled with our 119 dealer bourse area including dealers from 20 states and 12 foreign countries, I’d have to say that if there is something in the realm of foreign or ancient numismatics that can’t be located with one of our bourse dealers or found listed in one of our auction catalogs, it must be an item of near unique status.”
Foley also said, “The NYINC is an event that dealers hold back special items just to unveil in our bourse area. They know that we attract an audience of really serious players who know just what they are looking for, appreciate scarcity and current market levels and aren’t afraid to step up to the plate when they find material to augment their holdings. When the ribbon is cut that opens our Professional Preview at noon on Thursday, I just step back out of the way for fear of being injured by the surge of buyers pushing to get in just as fast as they can. ‘Active’ isn’t the word for what goes on in our bourse area. ‘Frantic’, ‘frenzied’ or ‘volcanic’ would perhaps be more apt.”
Auction lot viewing for the NYINC will begin on Saturday, January 4, with auction sessions on the 5th through the 12th. The 119 dealer bourse area will open from 12noon-7PM on Thursday, January 9 for the Professional Preview, where early admission to the bourse in advance of the Friday-Sunday public hours is available for a $100 registration fee. Public hours will be Friday and Saturday, January 10-11, 10AM-7PM and Sunday, January 12, 10AM-3PM. Admission during the Friday-Sunday period is $10 for a three day pass.
More complete details about the NYINC, including the full Schedule of Events, as well as contact information for the official auction companies, can be found here.
Although the bourse area is sold out and no booth space is currently available, dealers should contact Bourse Chairman Foley via email to have their names added to the waiting list.
And here you can get some impressions of the Waldorf Astoria in advance.