As I write these words, I am making plans to attend the summer
convention in Rosemont, Ill., of the American Numismatic Association,
tagged some years ago by then-executive director Ed Rochette as the
World’s Fair of Money. If you plan to attend, find me and say “hello.”
I am not quite sure how it happened, but my dance card for the show
seems to have more entries than ever. My gosh! I invite you to track
me down at any or all of the programs I will be part of or to find me
elsewhere. Check the ANA program booklet for places:
At 12:30 p.m. Central Time Aug. 6, I will be giving a program with
Rob Galiette on gold $20 double eagles, the Gold Rush, and related
matters that led to the building of the Gilded Age Collection of
Coronet double eagles.
After I do my part with the above, I will let Rob Galiette finish
the presentation while I scurry off to present a program at 1 p.m. at
the Token and Medal Society Symposium. I’ll tell all about shell
cards: tokens — some of which have silver dollar and double eagle
designs — that were popular from 1866 into the 1880s. These are
fascinating. Little is known about them, giving you the opportunity to
acquire rarities for nominal cost. Imagine that! More than 1,000
different are known.
At 10 a.m. Aug. 7, I will join Harvey Stack and Larry Stack at the
Numismatic Literary Guild Symposium to discuss and field questions
about numismatics in “the good old days.” Harvey became a professional
in 1947 and I started my coin business in 1953. Can you believe that I
sold an 1894-S Barber dime for a record $6,000 in 1958? Today, the
coin would sell for more than $1 million.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., during the Numismatic Bibliomania Society
Symposium, I will present “How to Research, Write, and Have Published
Your Numismatic Article or Book,” with Dennis Tucker, publisher at
Whitman Publishing LLC. At 2 p.m., as part of the ANA Money Talks
series, Dennis Tucker and I will present “Obsolete Paper Money:
History, Rarity, and Today’s Market.”
At 3 p.m., Susan Trask, editor of the Civil War Token
Journal, and I will give a program on the excitement, new
discoveries, and a great new forthcoming Civil War Token Society book
— this being one of the most dynamic areas in the coin market today. Whew!
Other than at the above, I can be found during the show at the
bourse setup of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, at the firm’s auction
sessions or at the Whitman Publishing display to personally autograph books.