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Sold-out bourse, family activities, world-class exhibits, auction to wow visitors
The American Numismatic Association’s Fall National Money Show will showcase some of the world’s most valuable and historic numismatic items, 500 of the hobby’s best dealers, a world-class auction by Heritage Auctions and a wide variety of educational programs and family activities from Oct. 18-20 in Dallas.
The show at the Dallas Convention Center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, with ticket sales ending 30 minutes before closing. Admission is free for ANA members and $6 for non-members. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free.
“We’ve sold out the floor in Dallas, and we’re looking at making room for more booths,” said ANA Executive Director Jeff Shevlin. “With precious metals prices high, we expect a lot of excitement and activity from collectors and the public. Our collaboration with Heritage Auctions in their own back yard will result in excellent attendance at the show.”
The ANA’s Museum Showcase (booth 527) will wow visitors with high-value pieces from the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and private collections, some with a distinct Texas flavor. Selections from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, including the only complete set of $3 gold pieces, will be publicly displayed in Dallas for the first time.
Other highlights include the 1792 Silver Center cent, the 1793 Ameri Chain cent and the 1885 Proof Trade Dollar, courtesy of Bob R. Simpson; a display of famous error coins, featuring a 1943 “copper” Lincoln cent, courtesy of Robert Campbell; and 1892 and 1893 Columbian Exposition half dollars presented to President Kennedy while he was a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, courtesy of William Shamhart, Christine Monk and John Kraljevich.
Treasures from the ANA’s collection include a 1792 half disme, the Walton specimen 1804 dollar, the McDermott/Bebee specimen 1913 Liberty Head nickel, error notes from the Bebee collection and a selection of Texas paper money.
The ever-popular Collector Exhibits area gives ANA members the opportunity to share their collections and research with fellow hobbyists. Several dozen competitive and noncompetitive exhibits will be displayed this year on a wide range of topics.
Many of the more than 500 numismatic dealers attending the show will provide free, informal appraisals for visitors who bring in their old coins and paper money.
Heritage Auctions is the official auction company for the convention. For a complete schedule of lot viewings or for more information on the auction, go to www.HA.com.
“Coin Collecting 101,” an informal 30-minute presentation for hobby newcomers, will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 18-19 in Hall D. Want to learn more? Take the free course “Coin Collecting Basics” with ANA Numismatic Educator Rod Gillis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20.
Gillis and ANA Governor Mike Ellis will present the two-day seminar, “Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins,” from Oct. 16-17. The seminar will cover many topics and emphasize the fundamental principles of grading circulated and mint state U.S. coins, including the history and evolution of grading standards, analysis of a coin’s focal points, technical and market grading, how to determine initial signs of wear and evaluating surface marks, strike, luster and eye appeal. The course costs $198 for ANA members or $298 for non-members. To enroll, call 719-482-9850 or go to www.NationalMoneyShow.com.
The ANA will offer Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge and Girl Scout Fun with Money Patch workshops on Oct. 20 (registration required). Registration information can be found at www.NationalMoneyShow.com.
Money Talks, held Oct. 19-20, lets ANA members discuss their research and ideas in a lecture format. Topics include ancient coins to World War II currency to Texas numismatic history.
Kids Zone and Treasure Trivia (booth 537) provide children and families with a variety of activities and chances to collect cool prizes.
At the ANA Area (booth 537), visitors can find out more about ANA membership, educational opportunities and watch videos about the ANA and coverage of the show itself. ANA members can start a library account, check out books on site and see special items from the library’s archives. Visitors can spin the prize wheel and enter for the chance to win 30 seconds in the Cash Cube.
Tony Hales is the event’s general chairman. The Texas Numismatic Association and the Dallas Coin Club are the show’s host clubs. The Fort Worth Coin Club, Northeast Tarrant Coin Club, Collin County Coin Club, Mid Cities Coin Club, Richardson Coin Club and Numismatics International are honorary host clubs. For more information on the show, call719-482-9849 or go to www.NationalMoneyShow.com.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.
Cooperative effort includes museum display, two Money Talks programs
The American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the American Numismatic Society in New York City, are joining together to present a stunning exhibit of the U.S. Mint’s first issues as part of the Museum Showcase during the World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The ANS is loaning a complete collection of the first issues of each coinage denomination minted by the Philadelphia Mint from 1792-1796. This one-time exhibit highlights Philadelphia’s storied numismatic history.
Mike Gasvoda, an ANS Board of Trustees member and longtime ANA member, was instrumental in bringing this exhibit to the Philadelphia show. “While the ANA and ANS may serve different parts of the numismatic community, the overlap of what we offer is much larger than the places we differ. This type of joint effort between the ANA and ANS should be a natural part of both our efforts to reach the collecting community,” he said.
The pedigrees of the ANS coins have links back to some of the most famous collections ever formed. A few stand-out pieces include:
- Select 1793 large cents donated by George H. Clapp;
- The Louis Eliasberg specimen of the 1794 dollar, exhibited courtesy of an ANS Board of Trustees member;
- A 2 ½ dollar gold quarter eagle and 10 dollar gold eagle, from the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan.
The exhibit will also include a 1793 half cent, a gift to the ANS from Robert Schonwalter; a 1794 half disme, graded MS-63; a 1796 disme, 1796 quarter, 1794 half dollar and 1795 half eagle, all donations to the ANS from Arthur J. Fecht collection. A 1792 half disme, donated to the ANA by Steve L. Contursi, will complement this exhibit in the Museum Showcase.
“I’m really pleased that the ANS is partnering with the ANA for this wonderful exhibit of the first Philadelphia Mint issues. This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees at the World’s Fair of Money to see such historically significant U.S. coins,” said ANA Executive Director Jeff Shevlin. “We appreciate the ANS partnering with us and we look forward to more opportunities in the future.”
The challenges of the early U.S. Mint are easily recognized when looking at these historic pieces. The designers, engravers and die operators struggled to learn their new trade. Coin production came in fits and starts as efforts to secure funding and precious metals were anything but steady. It took four years for the fledgling mint to coin each of the congressionally mandated denominations, so foreign coinage continued to circulate alongside American coins as legal tender for many years. The exhibited coins give a rare glimpse into the operations of the first Philadelphia mint.
“Working with Mike Gasvoda, Robert Wilson Hoge and Elena Stolyarik to create this exhibit has been a wonderful experience. It is rarely possible to display such great pieces,” said ANA Museum Curator Douglas Mudd.
This exhibit will be complemented by three related Money Talks presentations, which are expected to be heavily attended.
- Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger, both ANA and ANS members, deliver the talk, “The First Philadelphia Mint,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Room 104B.
- Robert Wilson Hoge, former ANA curator and current curator of North American Coins and Currency at the ANS, will give the presentation, “First Order of Business: The U.S. Mint’s Original Coinage Denominations, 1793-1796,” at noon Thursday, Aug. 9 in Room 104B.
- Jamie Franki, creator of the 121st Anniversary Convention Medal, presents “David Rittenhouse and the 1792 Half Disme,” at 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 104B.
“If you appreciate this exhibit and the related presentations, I hope you will let both organizations know so we can better understand how we can serve our numismatic family in the future,” Gasvoda said.
The World’s Fair of Money is the nation’s premier money show. The event features a major auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries; more than 1,000 numismatic dealers with the best inventory anywhere; the ANA Museum Showcase exhibiting some of the world’s most valuable and beautiful coins and paper money; a Mint Promenade with mints from around the world; the Collector Exhibits area; educational presentations and seminars; and special events including the ANA’s annual awards banquet.
Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA members and children 12 and under. Save $2 on admission by downloading a coupon at www.worldsfairofmoney.com. For more information, call 719-482-9849.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 27,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.