The 60th Florida
United Numismatists convention Jan. 8 to 11 in Orlando, is now
one for the history books.
The 10,000+ visitors who attended the numismatic extravaganza were
treated to a wealth of collectibles for sale and numismatic education.
Rarities offered by Heritage Auctions generated nearly $80 million
with four separate coins, including the finest known 1792 Birch cent
pattern, garnering more than $2 million each.
The numismatic collectibles found among the 630 dealer tables
offered collectors with every size budget the opportunity to add to
Meetings of specialty collector clubs and numismatic education
programs on topics of interest were open to the public.
The combined booths of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and U.S. Mint were
popular visiting stations on the bourse. U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios
signed more than 300 Federal Reserve notes and other collectibles
during her show visit Jan. 8.
BEP plate printer Mike Beck demonstrated the art of intaglio
printing using a spider press and an elephant etching machine.
During the convention, the U.S. Mint sold 12,500 of the Proof 2015-W
American Eagle 1-ounce silver dollars.
U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II was also on hand to
demonstrate traditional sculpturing methods.
The large exhibit mounted by the 1715 Fleet
Society for the 300th anniversary year of the fleet’s demise
displayed artifacts retrieved from the shipwrecks and that are now
part of the state of Florida’s extensive collection of treasure salvage.
The competitive exhibit area provided show attendees a glimpse at
what other areas of collecting interest one may pursue. Pennsylvania
collector Tom Uram took home the Best in Show award for his display on
“The Kings and Queens of England Through Maundy Money.”
Generating considerable buzz on the bourse was the daily appearance
of Rick Harrison, an anchor of the popular History Channel television
Hosted by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., Harrison was on hand
to assist in casting collectors with items of numismatic and
historical interest to appear on a future segment of the television show.
Each time Harrison appeared on the bourse, the public followed his
every footstep as if he were the Pied Piper.
Harrison’s scheduled appearance the afternoon of Jan. 9 at NGC’s
booth on the bourse brought the public out in force, requiring
security to keep the aisles clear.
The line of people wanting to try out for the television show, or
simply to meet Harrison and obtain his autograph, stretched across the
NGC booth area and past Coin World’s booth, providing a captive audience
with whom to talk hobby interests.