ANA Blog

25 Sep

Dealers turned away by Antique show rules


I recently attended the Michigan Antique festival in Midland MI where I was surprised to see that the barn normally full of coin dealers was sparse with only three or four dealers there. I was told by one of the dealers that many opted out because the rules are that if they rent space on Saturday, they are required to also rent that space on Sunday. (Not sure how Friday falls into that scenario).The reason this was a problem is that there was a much bigger show in Detroit area that Sunday; which of course there would be a better chance of customer exposure and more sales due to sheer population. Many of the dealers who wanted to show in Midland on Saturday had to opt out because they didn't want to lose Sunday in Detroit, which I cant blame them for. In my mind, that particular barn was almost empty for that reason. why turn away people willing to come and share their goods for a day?I was disappointed, not that I had a ton of money in my pocket which I didn't but because I saw a lot of kids there to look at coins and I was listening to the comments about how there aren't as many dealers here this year etc. I felt bad for them (OK, and me).Hats off to those dealers who did commit. You gave us a chance to see our hobby represented showing items items to put us in awe, put in our pockets, and wish we could go home with. That's what its all about.

27 Aug

Tales Of The Kennedy Madness

World's Fair of Money | Amanda Varner

By now the entire numismatic world has heard of The Kennedy Madness that gripped thousands of people at the ANA’s World’s Fair Of Money, 2014.

06 Aug

Photo gallery: Images from the first day of the World's Fair of Money

World's Fair of Money | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

The World's Fair of Money got off to a big start on Tuesday with high demand for the 2014 dual-dated Kennedy gold coin from the U.S. Mint. But there was plenty else happening at the show as well — scroll down to check out images from the first day of the biggest show of the summer.

17 Jul

Thank you Florida United Numismatists for the ANA table at 8th Summer FUN 2014

Clubs Exchange | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

We want to sincerely thank FUN Convention Coordinator Cindy Wibker, President Tony Swicer and the entire Florida United Numismatists (www.funtopics.com) Board for letting the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) have a table at your July 11-13, 2014, 8thSummer Fun Convention in Orlando, Florida. The ANA table was very busy and the public traffic was superb. We signed up 23 members for the Association and many left with our monthly magazine,The Numismatist, and are contemplating joining. We also passed out flyers for the Chicago and Portland ANA conventions. Thanks to dealer Leo Frese, from Poiente, Laguna Niguel, California. for donating $100 to the Association for the coin show kit shipment.This year's convention had a bourse of 214 tables and close to 3,000 public attendees registered for the event. Upon entering the building visitors were greeted by the friendly FUN staff and volunteers and giving credentials to enter the convention. Heritage Auction Company (HA.com) located in Dallas, Texas., and other locations had a very successful auction. Exhibits and educational programs (videotaped by Coin Television) were superb. Young Numismatist and Scout programs were also held. The YN's also had a special "Coins and Kids Booth." This great organization once again had several give-a-ways, a well done program, coin club tables, grading services, Piedmont Gold Panners, and excellent (Positive Protection, Inc.) PPI Security.A security room was also provided at the beginning and end of the show. Some coin clubs had special meetings and educational programs in conjunction with the show. FUN provided early morning coffee and other treats for dealers / exhibitors and staff before the show opened to the public. The well-lit and spacious Orange County Convention Center is a great site for the convention and the parking is reasonable. FUN even provided a shuttle bus to the parking lot area. Orlando has many different attractions for dealers or visitors who bring non-collecting family members to the show.Five coin clubs and their participating members even had their trip paid for by the Florida United Numismatists organization. They paid for the bus to bring them to the show and take them home. Florida United Numismatists once again did a masterful job of organizing and running this very successful convention. Thanks again to the coordinator and president, as well as the board for the ANA table. We look forward to next year's Summer FUN which will be held onJuly 9 - 11, 2015.Yours in numismatics, Mark & Myrna Lighterman and John & Nancy Wilson, ANA National Volunteers

09 Jun

Clubs sponsor trip to 2014 World's Fair of Mo

Clubs Exchange | ANA Official Post | lspringli

Calling all coin collectors, get on the bus. The Northwest Detroit Coin Club/Lansing Coin Club are sponsoring a trip to the 2014 American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money in Chicago, August 8. The convention will feature over 550 dealer tables, a collectible World Mint Passport (you can get a free coins from the world mints), drawings to win a limited edition, seminars, auctions, education exhibits and more.