As part of the promotion for its 49th annual show April 19 to 21 in
Dalton, Ga., the Georgia Numismatic Association plans to place a
key-date 1914-D Lincoln cent into circulation and pay a $250 reward to
the lucky finder.
The show at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center,
2211 Dug Gap Battle Road in Dalton, leads into National Coin Week
April 21 to 27.
Richard Jozefiak, GNA governor and publicity coordinator, said
Jan. 27 that the 1914-D Lincoln cent in Fine condition has already
been purchased. Jozefiak said plans are to place the coin into
circulation through a Kroger store in Dalton sometime during the week
of April 15.
Jozefiak said the coin release will be publicized in local media
to inform the public to be on the lookout for the coin. Anyone who
finds this coin can return it during the GNA 49th Convention and,
after verification, receive a $250 reward, Jozefiak said.
Also as part of the GNA show and National Coin Week, the American
Numismatic Association, as part of its educational outreach, will
place on display the Idler specimen of Class III 1804 Draped Bust
dollar and the McDermott-Bebee example of the 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent
coin among other numismatic items. ANA Executive Director Jeff Shevlin
and other staff members will be in attendance.
According to RyAnne Scott, ANA marketing and communications
manager, the GNA show is one of at least four numismatic shows that
will benefit in 2013 from the ANA Road Show project — an outreach
effort to bring educational programming as well as items from the
Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and Dwight N. Manley Library archives
to its members and to the public around the country.
“The ANA Road Show brings extra value to members, and allows the
ANA to have an increased presence around the country. We would like to
give more collectors a chance to see these items, interact with
members, and educate collectors about the ANA,” Scott said.
The ANA Road Show exhibit will include:
➤ The McDermott-Bebee 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin: Aubrey and
Adeline Bebee donated the coin to the ANA museum in 1989.
➤ 1804 Draped Bust dollar: Only 15 examples are known from all
three classes. The Class II Idler/Bebee specimen was donated to the
ANA by the Bebees in 1991.
➤ Famous Errors: This portion of the exhibit acts as a highlight
reel of some of the most notable numismatic errors and varieties.
➤ Paper currency: ANA officials have not yet determined what will
be placed on exhibit at the GNA show. Each display will feature paper
money with a regional appeal.
➤ ANA Library Mobile Archives items: The American Numismatic
Association’s Dwight N. Manley Library lets the public see and hold
pieces of numismatic history with its Mobile Archives. Up for viewing
at the GNA convention will be the personal archives, drawings and
papers of Frank Gasparro, former chief engraver of the United States Mint.
Public bourse hours for the GNA convention are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 19 and 20, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21. Admission is free.
At 9 a.m. April 20, Early American Coppers will meet. Beginning at
1 p.m., a Young Numismatists program will be conducted for those 18
years of age and under. Participants will receive free coins, medals,
tokens, paper money, coin books, coin folders and other related items
donated by GNA members.
At 4 p.m. April 20, Randy Campbell, a senior grader with
Independent Coin Grading, will present “Five Things You Can Do Right
Now To Make Yourself A Better Coin Grader.”
For more information about the GNA convention, visit www.gamoney.org. ■