overall attendance at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s
Fair of Money, conducted Aug. 9 to 13 in Anaheim, Calif., was down
from 2015, one bright spot emerges.
number of Boy and Girl Scouts in attendance at the 2016 show was 240,
compared to 46 for the 2015 convention in Rosemont, Ill.
to the ANA, a total of 8,192 people attended the 2016 show — 2,986
members of the public and 3,390 ANA members. The attendance numbers
reflect more than 400 fewer overall attendees and 374 fewer ANA
members through the doors than in 2015, despite not having an ANA
World’s Fair of Money in the state since 2009.
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lone uptick came in the number of people attending the Scout clinics,
which are a major outreach to young potential collectors.
attendance was mixed, auctions remained a strength of the show.
Auctions bring big $$
auctions were the highlight of the show, really the cornerstone.
$60 million in coins and paper money traded hands in auctions during
this year’s show. Stack’s Bowers Galleries sold more than $21 million
in its official auctions, while Heritage saw more than $38 million in
sell-through rate exceeds 95 percent across the board, with U.S. coins
sold at a 98.7 percent clip.
the sales for Heritage were a pair of early American pattern cents,
from the dawn of American coinage — a 1792 Silver Center cent and a
1792 Birch cent, which together realized $869,500.
brightest for Stack’s Bowers were gold coins with impressive
pedigrees, like the 1798/7 Capped Bust $10 eagle that realized $352,000.
one of the most exciting displays didn’t cost a cent.
Exhibits, awards on view
The United States Mint displayed the
unique 1974-D Lincoln aluminum cent, drawing crowds to its booth
during the show’s five days.
exhibits were also part of the show. A total of 33 exhibitors of all
experience levels, showing 63 exhibits, competed in this year’s
program, noticeably down from previous years.
ANA presented 47 competitive exhibit awards, and that number was down
because many award categories lacked suitable entries.
were announced at the exhibit awards presentation and reception on
Aug. 12, and at the awards banquet that evening.
Michael T. Shutterly received the Howland Wood Memorial Award for
Best-in-Show for his exhibit “In the Beginning … When Man Created Coins.”
Thos. H. Law Award for the best exhibit by a first-time exhibitor
went to Stephen Edward Abraham for “The French Revolution — a
selection of rare and scarce medals from 1789 to 1793.”
Rodger E. Hershey Memorial People’s Choice Award, selected by
convention attendees, was also won by Abraham for the same exhibit.
ANA announced multiple awards during the convention banquet, with the
ANA’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, presented to
Mark and Myrna Lighterman. The association’s most prestigious award is
given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated
service to numismatics. The Lightermans were honored during the ANA
awards banquet on Aug. 12.
Show issue Panda Medal
U.S. Mint no longer uses the ANA World’s Fair of Money as a launching
point for popular products, after the fiasco that developed during the
2014 event in Rosemont with the Kennedy gold half dollar.
there are still limited edition show issues available for sale — just
not from the U.S. Mint. The Shanghai Mint and Champion Hong Kong
Auctions, in conjunction with the ANA, celebrated the ANA’s 125th
anniversary with three limited-edition Panda medals.
2016 ANA medals share a common obverse depicting the obverse of the
1925 California Diamond Jubilee silver half dollar at center, flanked
by a Chinese panda bear on the left and a California bear on the
right. The Hollywood sign appears above, beyond the half dollar
design, while bamboo backs the panda and towering redwoods stand
behind the California bear.
reverse of the 1-ounce medals carries the ANA Lamp of Knowledge logo
at the center, surrounded by two rings of inscriptions. 125TH
ANNIVERSARY ANAHEIM 2016 appears above and THE LAMP OF KNOWLEDGE below
in English on the outer ring, while the same in Chinese appears in the
reverse of the 12-ounce medal shows the logo at center, with
inscriptions THE LAMP OF KNOWLEDGE, ANAHEIM and 1891–2016 in English
and Chinese surrounding the logo. In a sectioned ring at the rim is
ADVANCING NUMISMATIC SCHOLARSHIP, and QUASQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION,
in both English and Chinese.
commemorative bullion pieces do not bear denominations, but the weight
and fineness is indicated on the edge of each medal.
1-ounce silver medal is limited to mintage of 2,000, with limits of
125 each for the 1-ounce gold and 12-ounce silver medals.
All medals feature a serial number
engraved on the obverse.
sales periods were announced for three days of the show, with limited
numbers available during each period.
lines formed the latter two days as word of the medals’ availability
spread, forcing ANA staff to corral buyers, to allow access to other
secondary market for these medals is robust, with 1-ounce examples
selling in original packaging for around $300 to $350 each (compared
to their $100 issue price).
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