With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to spread and now declared a pandemic, Numismatics is not exempt from the range of events being cancelled globally. While coin shows to date have not been impacted here in the United States, three international shows have either been postponed or cancelled in the past few weeks.
The Singapore International Coin Fair was slated for this month but has been moved to August 14-16, 2020. The event will still take place at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
“It is with an abundance of caution for the safety & well-being of our customers, partners, and staff that the SICF organizing committee has postponed the upcoming Singapore International Coin Fair due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Asia. This decision was made in following guidelines set forth by the Singapore Ministry of Health.”Singapore International Coin Fair Press Release
In addition, the Hong Kong Coin Show has also been postponed. That event will not take place May 8-9, 2020. The show had originally been scheduled for March 27-29 but organized felt the situation with COVID-19 warranted the postponement.
Finally, the International Numismatic Fair – NUMISMATA cancelled their coin shows that were slated for last week. The event was scheduled for March 7th and 8th but was cancelled due to city officials cancelling large events in the wake of the virus. The problem for many was that, due to the short notice, vendors and visitors had already arrived in Munich for the event.
Here in the United States, it is likely that local coin shows and even national shows could be impacted. California has enacted orders preventing groups of 250 people or more from gathering at events while the NBA has cancelled the remainder of the regular season. The NCAA has announced their basketball tournament will go forward, but without fans being present.
The American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money is still months off (scheduled for August 4-8, 2020 in Atlanta) but the ANA has not indicated any change in schedule at this time.