National Silver Dollar Round Table

The Ten Best Secured Coin Shows for 2004

NSDR Journal

VOL. XXIII, NO. 1

Spring 2005

 

 

The Ten Best Secured Coin Shows for 2004

 

Clifton, Virginia – Colonel Steven Ellsworth of The Butternut Company has announced their annual selection of “The Best Secured Coin Shows for 2004.”

“This year’s Ten Best list includes some new and some repeats from previous years’ lists.  Five shows have made the list each and every year,” 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 area police presence and positive picture ID registration,” was Ellsworth’s response.

Ellsworth personally attends over 40 coin shows a year where he pays particular attention and evaluates 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 on do have excellent security.  However, of those we have seen or have verified reports on, I would rate these as “The Best of the Best in Coin Show Security for 2004.

 

  1. Ohio Coin Expo, Cleveland, OH.  (Named for a 4th year)  Off-duty uniformed Independence Police Officers provide security.  Security is provided in and out of the facility during setup 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.

 

  1. Texas Numismatic Association, Ft. Worth, TX.  (Named for 4th year)  Off-duty plainclothes Euless Police provide security.  Ample security is provided in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown, with 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.  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.

 

  1. Blue Ridge Numismatic Association, Dalton, GA.  (Named for 4th year)  Security is continually provided by off-duty uniformed Whitfield Country Sheriffs.  Security is provided in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown.  A registration fee and nametags are required for all attendees.

 

  1. Long Beach Coin Expo, Long Beach, CA.  (Named for 4th 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.

 

  1. Alabama State Convention, Bessemer, AL.  (Named for 4th year)  Security is provided by off-duty uniformed Bessemer Police.  Security is provided in and out of the facility 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.

 

  1. Bay State Coin Show, Boston, MA.  (Named for 3rd year)  Uniformed private security and off-duty uniformed 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 fee and nametags are required for all attendees.  In addition, the show is held in a major downtown hotel that has its own security department.

 

  1. Tennessee State Numismatic Convention, Chattanooga, TN.  (Named for a 2nd year)  Security is provided by off-duty uniformed East Ridge Police.  Security is excellent in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown.  Registration and nametags are required for all attendees.  Uniformed officers keep a vigilant eye on the show’s attendees while continuously walking the bourse.

 

  1. American Numismatic Convention, Portland, OR.  (ANA shows named for a 2nd year)  Security is provided by a private security contractor and supplemented by off-duty uniformed Portland police.  Security is vigilant in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown.  Registration and nametags are required for all attendees.

 

  1. South Carolina Numismatist Convention, Greenville, SC.  (Named for a 2nd year)  Security is provided by South Carolina Constables and off-duty State Troopers.  Security is vigilant in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown and is continuous during the show.  Registration and nametags are required for all attendees.

 

  1. North Carolina State Numismatic Association, Hickory, NC.  Off-duty uniformed Hickory police provide continual security.  Security is vigilant in and out of the facility during setup and breakdown.  Registration and nametags are required for all attendees.  Extra security is provided during setup and breakdown of the show.

 

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 anti-terrorist, 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 ten years.  After receiving constant inquiries from 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.

 

For more information, contact Colonel Steven Ellsworth

Email:  BUTTERNUT@Butternut.org

Address:  P.O. Box 498, Clifton, VA 20124-0498

Website:  www.Butternut.org

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