We’re Baaaaaack!

5 Jun

It’s been a crazy couple of months! Since the end of April, we’ve held our most successful auction to date (Treasure, World & US Auction #17) with prices realized (including buyer’s fees) totaling over $2.4 million, went to a wedding, and attended an IAPN Congress in New Orleans. We’ll be back to full strength next week, and then some, as Dan’s older daughter, Emily, becomes our intern for the summer!

Last week, we jumped on a plane and winged our way to New Orleans for the annual IAPN Congress from May 28-31 (organized by Mike Dunigan Company). You may have noticed the IAPN symbol we include on all our media and catalogs.

IAPN logo

IAPN logo

It stands for International Association of Professional Numismatists and represents some of the most important numismatic dealers in the world. There are thirty-two US dealers with the rest from Europe, the UK, Australia, Venezuela, Egypt, Thailand, and even Japan. Forty-two of the more than 100 member dealers came to New Orleans to discuss important numismatic topics, network, and enjoy the unique ambiance of New Orleans.

The IAPN was founded in 1951 in Geneva. Today more than 114 numismatic firms are in membership, situated in all five continents and twenty-three countries. These professional numismatists will be pleased to help you with any questions you have concerning your collection of coins, medals, tokens, paper-money or decorations.

Agustin Garcia, Cori Sedwick Downing, Lynn and Dan Sedwick at cocktail reception for IAPN

Agustin Garcia, Cori Sedwick Downing, Lynn and Dan Sedwick at cocktail reception for IAPN.

IAPN meeting

IAPN meeting

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It’s quite an honor to be nominated and voted into IAPN, so we are understandably proud to be a part of such a prestigious organization! The annual Congress is held in different parts of the world and this year’s selection of New Orleans gave those outside the US (and some within) an unusual experience. Where else can you take an airboat ride and afterward eat Cajun crawfish at an open-air down-home rustic restaurant?

And how many times do you get the opportunity to take a tour of an antebellum plantation?

Cori Sedwick Downing, Agustin Garcia, Lynn and Dan Sedwick at Destrehan Plantation

Cori Sedwick Downing, Agustin Garcia, Lynn and Dan Sedwick at Destrehan Plantation

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Julio Chico and Jesus Vico

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Joe Lang, Andrew Absil, Augi Garcia, Kyle Ponterio and Mike Barry

It was quite an experience, especially since this August marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which devastated the area with flooding in 2005. But, as they say in New Orleans, “laissez les bons temps rouler”!

Going back to the business sessions: Ulrich Kuenker gave a presentation about importing and exporting numismatic items into the European Union under potential and current laws. As for the prize for the best book published in 2014 numismatics, the work chosen was Le Monete Di Milano, by Silvana and Carlo Crippa. We presented the book The 1652 Transitional 8 Reales by Robert Mastalir Divisek, which we had the pleasure to publish. Next year ‘s meeting will be held in the city of Amsterdam under the organization of the Schulman auction house (a presentation was given by Andrew Absil), while in 2017 the game will move to Lucerne, Switzerland and will be organized by Hess-Divo (a presentation was given by Ulf Maria Kuenker). Augi Garcia (for Daniel Frank Sedwick) officially presented the candidacy of Buenos Aires as the venue for 2019 or 2020. The closing dinner gala was at Arnaud’s, one of the highest ranked restaurants of the French Quarter.

Masks of New Orleans

Masks of New Orleans

So now we’re back and open for business! Come and see us on the web or in person next month at the summer FUN show in Orlando from July 9-11.

Note: Florida United Numismatists, Inc., is hosting the 9th Annual Summer FUN Convention in Orlando Florida, July 9 – 11 2015. The convention will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive in Hall WA3. This location is across I-Drive from the new facility. The convention opens to the public at 10:00 A.M., July 9th and will run through 5:30 P.M. July 11th. Numismatic dealers from around the country will converge at the Orange County Convention Center to buy, sell and appraise coins, paper currency, tokens, medals and other items. Make sure to mark your calendar for this great numismatic event!

Gala Dinner , representing USA, Germany and Switzerland.

Gala Dinner, representing USA, France, Germany and Switzerland

Luis Doming and wife Nena. With Augi Garcia (Gala Dinner)

Luis Domingo and wife Nena, with Augi Garcia (Gala Dinner)

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Francisca Bernhemer and Antonio Alessandrini

Award given by Arne Kirsch for Mr. Alberto de Falco

Award by IAPN President Arne Kirsch to Alberto de Falco

 

 

 

 

 

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