The American Numismatic Association’s Dwight N. Manley Library will
let the public see and hold pieces of numismatic history when it
debuts its Mobile Archives at the Dallas National Money Show, Oct. 18
to 20 at the Dallas Convention Center.
Visitors will be able to see the Mobile Archives by visiting the
ANA Area (Booth 537). Sitting down with an ANA staff member, visitors
and researchers will be able to view historic artifacts and papers
stored in protective cases and covers.
“The ANA library’s archives have so many interesting, important
documents that it was a shame that they were only available to
visitors to the library in Colorado Springs. We wanted to share these
items with the public,” said ANA library and communication director
RyAnne Scott. “The Mobile Archives area is one of the first steps in
an effort to make our archives more accessible to members, researchers
The first collection up for viewing is the personal archives and
papers of Frank Gasparro, United States Mint chief engraver from 1965
to 1981. Gasparro, who died in 2001 at age 92, is best known for his
work on the reverses of the Lincoln, Lincoln Memorial cent and the
Kennedy half dollar, the obverses and reverses of the Eisenhower and
Anthony dollars, and for several U.S. Mint medals and private commissions.
The Gasparro collection was donated to the ANA in August by
Gasparro’s daughter, Christina Gasparro Hansen. It consists of 97
folders arranged by topic and features Gasparro’s notes and original
sketches; personal correspondence with notable figures such as Shirley
Temple Black, Rosalynn Carter and others; and much more. The papers
give major insights into Gasparro’s artistic process, his thoughts on
coin design and his contemporaries.
The November issue of The Numismatist features a full
article on the Gasparro collection and its most interesting pieces.
Show hours at the ANA’s National Money Show in Dallas are 10:00
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Oct. 20.
Admission to the show costs $6 for adults and is free for ANA members
and children 12 and under. Save $2 on admission by downloading a
coupon at www.nationalmoneyshow.com.
For more information, telephone the ANA at 719-482-9849. ■