Nearly 10,700 people attended the Florida United Numismatists Convention Jan. 7 to 10 in Tampa. The show's traditional location was in Orlando.
FUN's 62nd annual convention, next year's, is set for Jan. 5 to 8 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center before returning to the Tampa Convention Center Jan. 4 to 7, 2018, for the 63rd edition.
FUN Convention Coordinator Cindy Wibker said the 2016 attendance total includes 2,000 dealers, whose attendance was only counted once.
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Heritage Auctions reported prices realized for the U.S. coins sessions at more than $34 million and for the paper money sessions, more than $7.6 million.
Topping the U.S. coin lots was an 1894-S Barber dime graded Proof 66 by Professional Coin Grading Service and stickered by Certified Acceptance Corp. that sold for $1,997,500, which includes the 17.5 percent buyer's fee.
The top paper money lot was a newly discovered and unique signed and issued 1847 Washington, D.C., $500 Treasury note that realized $199,750. The note is graded Paper Money Guaranty Very Fine 25.
PCGS and Numismatic Guaranty Corp. each distributed collectible sample slabs for those attending the grading services' luncheons, held Jan. 8 and 9 respectively.
At its booth on the bourse, PCGS presented a display of PCGS sample slabs assembled by collector Dr. Tim Larson. PCGS also distributed up to 1,250 sample slabs encasing 2015 Lincoln cents, all in special packaging celebrating PCGS's 30th anniversary year.
In competitive exhibits, collector Dany Rothfeld was awarded Best in Show recognition for his exhibit "Portraits of the Twelve Caesars on Sestertii." The People Choice Award was awarded to Greg Gilbert for "U.S. Transitional Coinage 1793-1938."