The 122nd ANA National Convention was held at the
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, just 15 minutes
from the airport on August 13-17. The weather was great with highs
around 80 degrees and the low about 57 degrees. We stayed at the
Hyatt Regency O'Hare next to the show. There were lots of colorful
The show had about 500 dealer tables. Attendance was 9,082.
There were 31 ANA staff & Board members and 19 national
volunteers in attendance. The U.S. Mint & B.E.P were there
along with 14 World Mints, all of the grading services and
two supply dealers. Coin World, Numismatic News,
Krause, and Whitman were there. The Chicago Coin Club was the host
club. There were 20 club tables, the ANA Museum Showcase with the
1804 dollar, 1913 Liberty Head nickel, 1792 half disme and many
other coins and paper money on display. Treasurer of the United
States, Rosie Rios, was there signing new dollar bills and the U.S.
Mint sold the new gold $50 Buffalo reverse proof for $1690 (3 coin
max.). If you stood in line to buy the coin (2-3 hour wait), you
could sell it on the floor for a $225 profit.
Stacks-Bowers auction featured the John J. Ford Jr. collection
of tokens, medals and paper Americana. The run of tokens and medals
was outstanding with many unique pieces from colonial to old west
times along with many Canadian tokens in mint state and proof
condition. Also in the auction was the Thomas Law collection of 450
early English gold coins. The auction had 18 sessions grossing
about $45 million. The Heritage pre-ANA auction grossed $28
The ANA had 25 seminars, the Sundman Lecture series had four
seminars and there were free workshops on coin basics, coin
collecting 101. The Scouting merit badge clinic had 113 attend.
There were several excursions around Chicago including a rooftop
seating for a Chicago Cubs game. There were 64 exhibits with Best
of Show going to the man who taught the course at the ANA Summer
Seminar, Larry Sekulich for "Hwenne Gold Was Smite in Coign."
The first runner-up, first time exhibitor award and Peoples Choice
Awards were won by Charmy Harker, for "Penny Potpourri" exhibit.
She attended the course on exhibiting at the ANA summer
At the ANA Banquet Friday night, many awards were passed out and
the new ANA President, VP and board were sworn in. David Lange's
book, Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930's & 1940's,
was given to every attendee. We also attended the ICTA Board
meeting and Numismatic Ambassador Awards breakfast.
The entrance to the show was on the left front corner and the
show spanned 18 aisles until you reached the club tables where we
were. Many notables came by such as Chet Krause; Cliff Mishler; Ray
Dillard; past ANA presidents Bill Horton, Barry Stuppler, John
Wilson, Gary Lewis; and more. FUN was represented by Cindy Wibker,
Bob Hurst and me. We were very successful in accepting bourse fees
for the January FUN Show and we finished purchasing exhibit prizes
for the January show.