The two-day event, held at the Elks Lodge #684, featured 20 coin and currency dealers. Carl Ostiguy organized the event, work that he does all around the state and region. This was his third year doing a show in Frederick, he said.
Ostiguy coordinates, promotes and runs the show. He also hires armed security, which work during the show and overnight. His collection includes coins from a variety of eras, as well as countries.
“I’m kind of all over the place — Spain colonial, pirates, early America,” Ostiguy said. “I like the older stuff than the newer stuff.”
Frederick is a good location to have a show because it draws dealers and people from multiple states, Ostiguy said. Some dealers came from as far away as New York City or Tennessee.
Around 150 people attended the Saturday show. Stickland said it had been a good weekend for him. He typically moves between 200 and 300 coins a show.
Dealing coins became a hobby and side business for him once he retired from the government, Stickland said. The 66 year old said being on a pension and not having a car or house payment allowed him to enjoy the dealing over the years.