Convention History: The Year 1893

February 10, 2015 By ekr


In 1893, the ANA’s annual convention (what we know today as the World’s Fair of Money) was held in Chicago at Douglas Hall at the corner of 35th street and Cottage Grove Avenue.

The photo above is a peek at the convention Order of Business. The day began with a Call to Order “promptly at 10 a.m.,” but other reports said the day really began around 10:40 a.m. After a late start, the meeting covered other important topics such as the newly elected officers and news from the committees.

Also included in The Numismatist was the Convention Program, which mentioned several classes for numismatists to attend, including:

Is This your Science My Lords?

President’s Address, Dr. Geo. F. Heath, Monroe Mich.

The Historical Value of Ancient Coins.

Rev. Jeremiah Zimmerman, Syracuse N.Y.

The Convention of the Thirteen Silver Barons.

A.G. Heaton, Washington, D.C.

Coins, their Origin and Aid in Historical Research.

Joseph Hooper, Port Hope, Ontario.

The Coinage of the Roman Empire

P. Whiteway, Christ Church, New Zealand.

The Convention was called for August 25. Only 15 ANA members were present, while others were represented by proxy.

Source: Bowers, Q. David. The American Numismatic Association Centennial History. Wolfeboro, NH: Bowers and Merena Galleries, 1991. Print.

Available at the ANA Library.
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