My five display case entry (titled: U.S. Mint: The POTUS Appreciation Medal Series) won 2nd place overall at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore. The 2nd place prize was a 1997 $10 Proof Platinum Eagle.
This was my first-ever numismatic entry in a coin show (I have previous experience with philately entries at stamp shows). The hardest part of the display was to reveal the story without referencing my book (display owner must not be identified). The prominent piece of the display was the June 1960 Hawaii medal (aka M&R 2M-94 or DDE-08) that initiated me to start the research.
Overall, the judges were impressed with the research results and the display. They were really impressed that this was my first ever numismatic entry. Points were taken away with due to some technical display errors.
Now that I have judging feedback, I’m looking at improving the display and re-entering the display with modifications.
From the research aspect of the display, I was offered the opportunity to be a guest speaker at upcoming coin show. This is a good opportunity to get the word out about my newly discovered U.S. Mint medal series.
Several of the judges recommended that (with display improvements) I should enter the display at the national level (an ANA show). I will, if my schedule permits.