I’ll see you at the World’s Fair of Money, the American Numismatic
Association summer convention coming up quickly in Rosemont, Ill. I
look forward to the event and seeing you there, if you plan to attend.
Actually, only a tiny fraction of the Coin World readership will
be there, so perhaps the next time I see you will be in this column
If this show is typical, I’ll be quite busy, including some
appearances in the almost nonstop series of the official show auctions
being conducted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, some of them in parallel
(two separate auctioneers in two separate rooms/galleries) with, as
might be expected, each session being unrelated to the other.
If you want to track me down to say hi — and I always enjoy
chatting with Coin World readers — you can likely find me in the
bourse, or at the Whitman Publishing LLC display, or at lot viewing (I
have my eye on some of the John J. Ford Jr. tokens being sold), or at
a club or association meeting.
While coins, tokens, medals and paper money can easily be bought
and sold on the Internet without leaving my office, “coin people” can
only be met and greeted at shows. I enjoy this immensely.
If you have time to spare, I invite you to come at 3 p.m. Aug. 13
to Room 13 in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center to see my
illustrated Numismatic Theater presentation, “The Romance and
Potential of Collecting American Tokens.” Dennis Tucker, publisher who
keeps things coming and going for Whitman, will be helping me and, for
good measure, will bring an armload of the various Whitman titles
relating to the subject of my talk. We plan to give these away to the
audience and will come up with some contest to pick winners — perhaps
some obscure questions on numismatics, perhaps the youngest or the
oldest person or the farthest traveled? We’ll have a bunch of books
I’ll have to do some thinking.
I’ll be talking about and showing early and late merchants’
tokens, Hard Times and Civil War and sutlers’ tokens, “Good For”
tokens and other things — perhaps also some tokens that remain
mysterious despite study.
My first ANA show was in Omaha in August 1955 when I was a young
teenager dealing in coins in my spare time. I wasn’t old enough to be
an ANA member (you needed to be 18), but as the complement of 50
bourse tables still had some vacancies, the ANA let me set up after I
supplied references, including from Lee Hewitt, publisher of The
Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine. I had a grand time.
I’ve enjoyed each of the nearly 60 conventions since.
Q. David Bowers is chairman emeritus of Stack’s Bowers Galleries
director of Whitman Publishing LLC.
can be reached at his private email,
email@example.com, or at
Q. David Bowers LLC, Box
Wolfeboro, NH 03894.