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29 Aug 2019

Thank you World’s Fair of Money Chicago, August 13 – 17, 2019

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

The American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Convention (WFOM) was held for the 14th time in Chicago, Illinois, on August 13 – 17, 2019. The actual site was the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois which is very close to Chicago O’Hare airport. We have been writing about major conventions for a long time, and this one had to be near the top of all that we have ever attended. In grading terms this was an MS 70 convention which saw a convention drawing in 7,000 visitors, which included the ANA staff, volunteers and exhibitors. One-thousand dealers were also registered (including early birds), and 1,000 tables were setup in the very large convention center. We have attended and wrote about many national conventions for well over a decade and this has to be one of the busiest conventions we have ever attended and even with the admission charge for non-members (discount coupons were available at the ANA web page). When the doors opened on Tuesday, several hundred people were waiting in a line to get into the show. The registration lines were also very busy to get a wrist band to get into the show. After the doors opened, public traffic was busy for the entire run of the convention. If you attend any ANA convention for two days, it pays to be an ANA member, and the cost for adults (18 and over) is only $28 for an online membership. Visit www.money.org for information on membership. It is too bad that a lot of the people waiting in line could have entered the convention a half hour early as a benefit of ANA membership. Everyone who registered received the official “Show Guide” which contained 88 pages, along with a well-done cloth bag which was sponsored by eBay and CDN Publishing.

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09 May 2019

Thank you South Shore Coin Club for ANA Table at your 55th Annual Show and Boy Scout Clinic

Coin Shows | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

The South Shore Coin Club (SSCC -www.ssccmke.org) hosted their 55th Annual Coin Show on April 12 – 13, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located near the airport in Milwaukee, WI. The Crown Plaza is an excellent location for a coin show with its free airport shuttle and parking, a well-lit and carpeted convention hall, a very nice restaurant and the Interstate within blocks of the hotel. The Milwaukee based SSCC holds the largest coin show in the State of Wisconsin. A special thanks to General Chairmen Mike McAndrews long with assistant Chair James Taylor, along with the officers and members of the SSCC for giving the American Numismatic Association (ANA -www.money.org) a free table. Mike McAndrews is also President of the SSCC. We signed up 15 new members for the Association.We also signed up two patrons for the upcoming ANA convention in Rosemont, IL on August 13 – 17, 2019.Paragon Numismatics Dealer, Andrew Kimmel, from Mequon, WI. made a 501 © (3) donation of $500 to the ANA and designated for the Library fund. We talked to many people who had an interest in collecting, and they took a copy of The Numismatist and an application to join.

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15 Apr 2019

Thank you National Money Show (NMS), March 28-30, 2019

National Money Show | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

The American Numismatic Association (ANA –www.money.org) National Money Show was held in Pittsburgh, PA on March 27 (set-up), 28 – 30, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which is connected to the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh.This was the sixth time Pittsburgh has hosted an ANA Convention.A special thanks to ANA Convention Director Jennifer Ackerman and her staff,Host Chair Patrick McBride and his 30-member committee, the National Volunteers, President Gary Adkins and the Board, Executive Director Kim Kiick and her staff, along with the host organization, the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN –www.pancoins.org).Everyone connected to the show did masterful job; before, during and after the convention ended.After the Wednesday set-up day concluded, PAN had a banquet at the beautiful LeMont Restaurant across the river overlooking the city.The speaker was U. S. Mint Director David J. Ryder.The numismatic friends of Sherlock Holmes dinner (hosted by the Fourth Garrideb – invitation only) was held on Friday night.

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09 Jan 2019

Tales From the Vault: Sealskin Notes of the Russian-American Company

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | Benstheman

During the first half of the 19th century, the imperial Russian-American Company (RAC) – chartered by Tsar Paul I in 1799 – issued what is now a rare series of currency notes for use in the fur trading outposts of the Aleutian Islands and Alaska. Printed in several denominations from 1816 to at least 1852, these were the first numismatic items intended for circulation in the region that would become our largest state.

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