The American Numismatic Association and the Royal Canadian
Numismatic Association are teaming up to promote their August
2014 conventions as part of the two associations' ongoing "Hands
Across the Border" collaboration.
The ANA World’s Fair of
Money will be held Aug. 5 to 9 in Rosemont, Ill., while the
Anniversary Convention will be held the following week, Aug. 13
to 16, in Mississauga, Ontario. ANA and RCNA members will get free
admission to both events with a valid ANA or RCNA membership
The RCNA honorary chair at the World’s Fair of
Money is William K. Cross, author of The Standard Catalogue of
Canadian Coins. RCNA President Bret Evans will be present at the
ribbon-cutting ceremony in Chicago. Clifford Mishler will be the ANA
honorary chair at the RCNA 61st Anniversary Convention. ANA President
Walter Ostromecki Jr. and Mishler will assist in the ribbon-cutting at
the opening ceremonies.
“ 'Hands Across the Border,' in
my mind at least, brings the two organizations closer together like
they were in the past and further develops the collecting community in
North America,” Mishler said. “The more individuals we have doing
numismatic related things, the greater the growth of the hobby in the
United States and Canada.”
The conventions have
complementary themes, with the World’s Fair of Money honoring
“Countries & Currency,” while the RCNA’s theme is
entitled, “Countries & Currency: Innovations in World
Several events at the World’s Fair of
Money will be geared toward extending “Hands Across the Border":
- Five Money Talks presentations Aug.
5 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. will be dedicated to Canadian topics
including presentations from Brett Irick on “Introduction to
Canadian Numismatics” and Paul Johnson speaking on “Some early
history of Canadian numismatics and its relationship with the
American Numismatic Association.”
- Treasure Trivia
participants will receive a Canadian coin. Families and school-age
children can play the free ANA trivia game. Those who find the
answers to numismatic questions from participating dealers and clubs
on the bourse floor go home with prizes and a greater understanding
of the hobby.
- “Countries & Currency: Innovations in
World Numismatics” is the theme for the 2014 WFM Maynard
Sundman/Littleton Coin Co. Lecture Series. Admission to the
symposium is free and open to all attendees of the ANA World’s Fair
of Money. Lectures will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
- “Countries & Currency” is the 2014 World’s Fair of Money
Collectors Exhibit Class 19 Convention Theme. Collectors will
exhibit numismatic items of any type that, together with the exhibit
text, illustrate the theme of the convention.
As another benefit of the joint
promotion, RCNA members will receive ANA member prices when
registering for seminars and classes at the World’s Fair of Money.
“Those who participate in forums and
educational opportunities at the two conventions will broaden their
knowledge and appreciation of collecting in each of the respective
countries,” Mishler said.
Also the ANA will contribute issues of
The Numismatist and Mini-Mint tokens to the RCNA registration
kit, and several events at the RCNA’s 61st Anniversary Convention in
Toronto will be held in partnership with the ANA:
- Three ANA speakers during the RCNA
Symposium on Wednesday, Aug. 13: ANA President Walter Ostromecki
Jr., "Connecting Hobbyists Today Through Coins & Currency
- The Educational WOW Value"; Wendell Wolka, former member of
the ANA Board of Governors, "Parallels in Canadian and United
States Banking"; Clifford Mishler, former ANA president and
board member, "Hands Across the Border."
master of ceremonies at the banquet will be Wolka.
members can exhibit at the convention and participate in all
activities without being an RCNA member.
A special Niagara Falls tour is available to ANA members on Tuesday,
Aug. 12. The tour departs from the RCNA convention site, the Delta
Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga.
To register for the World’s Fair of
Money, visit the World's Fair of Money website.
For more information about RCNA’s convention or to register,
visit the RCNA's website.