A massive bourse awaits attendees of the American Numismatic
Association World’s Fair of Money, Aug. 7 to 11, in Philadelphia.
The convention, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will
also feature educational programs and events, as well as a collection
of early American rarities assembled for the ANA’s signature Museum Showcase.
Show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7 to 10 and 10:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. Aug. 11. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA
members and children 12 years of age and under. Attendees can save $2
on admission by downloading a coupon at www.worldsfairofmoney.com.
Rarities on display
“We have an absolutely amazing show planned for this year’s
World’s Fair of Money,” said Jeff Shevlin, ANA executive director.
The Museum Showcase marks the homecoming of the first coins made
in Philadelphia, including the ANA’s 1792 half disme, which was
created by the federal government in a Philadelphia sawmaker’s shop
before the first U.S. Mint building was constructed. The ANA exhibit
is complemented by an American Numismatic Society exhibit displaying
the first issues of each coinage denomination struck by the
Philadelphia Mint from 1792 to 1796.
Other rarities include a 1690 Massachusetts Bay Colony 20-shilling
note in an exhibit of early American paper money (items courtesy of
the ANA, Don Kagin, John Kraljevich and Kenneth E. Bressett); an
exhibit of six historically significant early American medals,
including two Libertas Americana medals, three Sansom medals and a
diplomatic medal; the only known complete $4 Stellas set, which is
valued at millions of dollars (courtesy Bob R. Simpson); and an array
of 19th century high denomination notes from the expansive collection
of Banco de Mexico. Other treasures to be on display include the ANA’s
Idler/Bebee specimen of the 1804 Draped Bust dollar; the Walton
specimen of the 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin, courtesy of the Walton
family; and the 1787 Brasher doubloon, courtesy of Walter Perschke.
U.S. Mint, BEP on hand
The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is observing its 150th
anniversary with its 2012 intaglio print program. At the World’s Fair
of Money, the BEP will release the second of three intaglio print
cards featuring vignettes from its storied history. In addition, the
BEP (at Booth 104) will bring its “Billion Dollar Display” of rare
notes and give regularly scheduled demonstrations.
The U.S. Mint (sharing Booth 104 with the BEP), is observing its
220th anniversary and will sell a number of current Mint products. The
Mint also recently unveiled a brand-new public tour at its
The 225,000-square-foot bourse also includes special sections for
U.S., world and ancient coins as well as paper money. The Mint
Promenade will feature 15 mints from five continents. As has been
traditional at many conventions, visitors can purchase a World Mint
Passport at the front entrance and collect coins from participating
mints. Some mints will also discuss new issues during World Mint
Theater presentations on the World Mint Stage, located in a special
suite across from event registration.
The Collector Exhibits area gives exhibitors the opportunity to
share their collections and research with others.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the official auction firm for the
World’s Fair of Money and the Official ANA/PNG Pre-Show, Aug. 4 to 6
in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Many educational opportunities await visitors. The Maynard
Sundman/Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series, presented Aug. 8,
features original numismatic research on “The Influence & Power of Images.”
Money Talks, held Aug. 7, 9, 10 and 11, allow the nation’s top
experts to present interesting, informative talks about all types of
money. Topics include coins of the Olympic Games and Mexican
numismatics as well as presentations steeped in Philadelphia-area
history and numismatic flavor. For a full schedule of Money Talks
lectures, visit www.worldsfairofmoney.com.
Two fee-based convention seminars will be offered Aug. 5 to 6.
Professional numismatic photographer Todd Pollock will teach
“Fundamentals of Digital Photography.” PandaAmerica senior numismatist
Brian Silliman will teach “Coin Grading, Problem Coins & Conservation.”
“Coin Collecting 101,” an informal 30-minute presentation for
numismatic newcomers, will be held at various times.
The ANA will offer Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge and Girl
Scout Fun With Money Patch workshops Aug. 11 (registration required).
The Kids Zone along with Treasure Trivia highlights family activities
that provide children with a variety of activities and prizes.
Many of the more than 1,000 coin and paper money dealers attending
the show will provide free, informal appraisals for visitors who bring
in their coins and paper money.
Kerry Wetterstrom is the event’s general chairman and Catherine
Bullowa is the honorary chairwoman. The Red Rose Coin Club is the host
club for this convention.
Telephone 719-482-9849 or visit the website www.worldsfairofmoney.com. ■