By David C. Harper
Even for Wisconsin, Iola is off
the beaten path. However, attendees of the 48th
anniversary Numismatists of Wisconsin convention
liked what they found when they got there May
"We love this show," enthused Russ Konig of
Greater Milwaukee Coins. They really put on a
Jerry Koepp of Coins, Stamps 'n' Stuff of Des
Moines, Iowa, said, "It's surprising they can
bring so many people into this little town. It's
amazing. A lot of it has to do with
What was moving?
"I sold quite a bit of gold and silver dollars
did real well," Koepp said.
"I guess the best things have been Standing
Liberty quarters." He also cited key Lincolns.
Koepp noted that much of what was selling was in
the XF grade range.
"I did more business here than I did at the
international coin show," Koepp said referring
to the Chicago International Coin Fair held the
last weekend of April.
Randy Miller of Oshkosh, Wis., called the show
"not too bad. We know a lot of people here and
that makes a little difference."
He said collector coins were in demand.
When asked how silver dollars were doing, he
replied, "Surprisingly, not that well."
Mike Schiller of Allouez Rare Coin Gallery in
Green Bay, Wis., said for him "The show was kind
of slow. This show is kind of hard for me to put
my finger on."
He said the "low end was out in droves," but
that his inventory at the show was not geared
Al Louis of River City Gold & Silver Exchange in
La Crosse, Wis., said his results were
"I'm having fun. This isn't work, it's playing."
He particularly liked the Iola venue for the
"I've asked them why they don't have it every
The show will return to Iola May 21-22, 2010, to
celebrate NOW's 50th anniversary.
Iola dealer Kurt R. Krueger had Chet Krause's
Wisconsin Civil War token collection on display
in his case.
There are more than 400 pieces in the
collection. It was consigned to him to sell and
he is beginning the process of cataloging it to
offer for sale later this year.
Check Arneson Auctions Web site at
www.whats4sale.biz for updates.
Programs at the 48th anniversary NOW convention
included the Young Numismatist Treasure Trivia
on May 17 run by American Numismatic Association
Vice President Patti Finner.
On the same day, 10 Boy Scouts worked in a merit
badge clinic put on by George Cuhaj and Howard
A joint talk was given by Chet Krause,
Numismatic News founder, and Gene Johnson, NOW
archivist, called "NOW: Witness to Coin
Collecting Growth and Change over the Past Half
John and Nancy Wilson also spoke, presenting a
program called, "48 Memorable Wisconsin Coin
Collecting Adventures." After their talk they
held a drawing where everyone in attendance won
More than 40 guests attended the annual NOW
Mystery Dinner May 16, which turned out to be
held on the Chief Waupaca for a Chain 'O Lakes
cruise. All in attendance received a one-ounce
silver round specially minted for the occasion
distributed by ANA Gov. Clifford Mishler, who in
one of his capacities was acting as social
When all was said and done, Mishler said there
were 500 visitors to the show and 150 more
credentialed as dealers.