National Silver Dollar Round Table

The Ten Best Secured Coin Shows for 2003

NSDR Journal

VOL. XXI, NO. 4

Spring 2004

 

 

The Ten Best Secured Coin Shows for 2003

By Colonel Steven Ellsworth

 

“This year’s Ten Best include some new and some repeats from last year’s list,” said Colonel Steven Ellsworth.  “This last year, we again had a great deal of input.  Our objective is always to keep a constant level of awareness and vigilance in security matters to help dealers and collectors manage the risks posed from theft,” stated Ellsworth.  When asked what security measures he would like to see more of, “more parking lot police presence” was Ellsworth’s response.

Ellsworth personally attends over 40 coin shows a year where he pays particular attention to the kinds and types of security that are provided for both dealers and the public.  In addition, he receives hundreds of reports from across the nation from coin dealers, collectors and crime incident reports. “I am sure some shows we have not attended, and others that we have not been given a report, do have excellent security.  However, of those we have seen or have reports on, I would rate these as “The Butternut TEN:  The Best of the Best in Coin Show Security for 2003.

 

1. Florida United Numismatists Convention, Orlando, FL Security is provided by a private security contractor and supplemented by numerous off-duty uniformed Orange County police.  Security is vigilant in and out of the facility during set-up and breakdown.  The use of K-9 trained dogs for explosives is commendable.  Registration and nametags are required for all attendees.

 

2.  Ohio Coin Expo., Cleveland, OH  (Named for 3rd year) Off-duty uniformed police officers provide security.  Security is provided in and out of the facility during set-up and breakdown with specialized weapons and equipment readily available.  Additional customized physical security measures on all entrances are taken in the evenings.  A registration fee and nametags are required for all attendees.

 

3. Texas Numismatic Association, Ft. Worth, TX (Named for 3rd year) Off-duty plain clothes Euless Police provide security.  Ample security is provided in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown with plain clothes officers continually working the floor from the moment the show opens until it closes.  A registration fee and nametags are required for all attendees.  In addition, the security supervisor is a nationally recognized expert in numismatic thefts.  The show normally is held at the same location in conjunction with a very large Texas gun show, which would make it suicidal to a potential bandit.

 

4.  American Numismatic Convention, Charlotte, NC Security is provided by a private security contractor and supplemented by off-duty uniformed Charlotte police.  Security is vigilant in and out of the facility during set-up and breakdown.  Registration and nametags are required for all attendees.

 

5. Georgia State Numismatic Association, Dalton, GA Off-duty uniformed and plain clothes Whitfield County Sheriffs provide security.  Security is vigilant in and out of the facility during set-up and breakdown.  A registration fee and nametags are required for all attendees.

 

6.  Tennessee State Numismatic Convention, Chattanooga, TN Security is provided by off-duty uniformed East Ridge Police.  Security is excellent in and out of the facility during set-up and breakdown.  Additional security is placed in the loading areas during setup and breakdown.  Registration and nametags are required for all attendees.  Uniformed officers keep a vigilant eye on the shows attendees’ while continuously walking the bourse.

 

7.  Long Beach Coin Expo., Long Beach, CA (Named for 3rd year)  Security is provided by off-duty Long Beach Police with identifiable “Security” jackets.  Ample security is provided in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown with numerous plainclothes officers continually working the floor from the moment the show opens until it closes.  A registration fee and nametags are required for all attendees.

 

8.  Blue Ridge Numismatic Association, Dalton, GA (Name for 3rd year) Security is provided by off-duty uniformed Whitfield County Sheriffs.  Security is provided in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown.  A registration fee and nametags are required for all attendees.

 

9.  Alabama State Convention, Bessemer, AL (Named for 3rd year) Security is provided by off-duty uniformed Bessemer Police.  Security is provided in and out of the faculty during setup and breakdown.  Registration and nametags are required for all attendees.  Security personnel are extra vigilant with continual monitoring of the bourse, and they do not congregate in a group at the front door.

 

10. Bay State Coin Show, Boston, MA (Named for 2nd year)  Uniformed private security and off-duty law enforcement personnel monitor the entrances, exits, loading and parking areas, providing security in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown and when the show is open to the public.  Registration fees and nametags are required for all attendees.  In addition, the show is held in a major downtown hotel that has its own security department.

 

Colonel Steven Ellsworth is a highly decorated retired Army Colonel with over 32 years of service.  His many assignments include serving in the Army’s elite Special Forces or Green Berets, as a Ranger and as a Pathfinder.  He has had assignments as a Physical, Intelligence and Communication Security Inspector.  He has received specialized training in antiterrorist, physical, intelligence and personal protective security.  He currently is a full-time coin dealer and collector and serves as the ANA’s Regional Coordinator of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

 

Colonel Ellsworth has written numerous articles on coin collector security over the last five years.  After receiving constant inquiries form collectors and dealers as to what type of security they could expect when attending various shows throughout the country and overseas, Colonel Ellsworth began to recognize those shows that did an outstanding job providing security.  The first list was named for the year 2001.

 

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